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Gospel Choir shortlisted in the National Societies Awards

Portsmouth Gospel Choir were shortlisted for Best Arts & Performance Society at this year’s National Societies Awards, hosted by Cardiff University Students’ Union.

The awards were formed in 2016 to celebrate the exceptional work of student societies in the UK, and to give national acknowledgement for their contribution to the student experience. 

Gospel Choir were nominated by Student Activities Manager, Natalie Dutka-Bowskill. Natalie said: “The Portsmouth Gospel Choir have been an exemplary group at UPSU in this academic year. Their aim was to reach as many students as they could with their music and reach a wider captive audience. This is definitely something they have achieved with great success.”

Portsmouth Gospel Choir (PGC) have been involved in a number of events over the past year. PGC entered the new university year on the back of their success in reaching the final of BBC’s Pitch Battle, and they didn’t stop there, they also created debut charity CD to raise funds to help build the Risen Christ Central Chapel in Cross River State, Nigeria.

The Gospel Choir also hosted their “Jam for Jesus” event as well as a local community concert. In addition the Choir were also invited to perform at the Queen’s Annual Commonwealth Service held at Westminster Abbey in March this year.

Portsmouth Gospel Choir said: "We are so grateful to have been nominated for the The Best Arts and Performance Society award - it was a huge surprise to us! This year has been absolutely amazing, it has brought fourth surreal opportunities such as singing for the Queen of England and producing our first ever EP."
"Also, we have been privileged enough to travel all across England for events and performances, which has allowed us to grow closer as a society, friends, housemates and even family.
This year has been so much fun for us and we know that our plans for the future will be just as enjoyable."

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