NYE 2019 - House Gospel Choir

New Year's Eve at Somerset House with House Gospel Choir

31 December 2019

TIME: 20.00 – 02.00

TICKETS: General admission £50 / General admission + Skate ticket £70
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Somerset House announces the ultimate New Year’s Eve House Party with House Gospel Choir raising the roof in the countdown to 2020

Marking the height of its 20th anniversary celebrations, Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason welcomes London’s House Gospel Choir, who bring their spectacular fusion of house and gospel hits for an unmissable night of live music and electrifying performances. Transforming the festive courtyard into the capital’s biggest outdoor dancefloor, the House Gospel Choir invites revellers to join them in a decade-defining night and party into 2020.

Guests will be welcomed by the euphoric sounds of the House Gospel Choir into the heart of the House Party, led by their host and DJ Harrsn from the beautiful Portico Balcony. Throughout the night, guests and skaters alike will enjoy performances from the outstanding 18-strong choir staged in the courtyard, bringing their uplifting blend of house and gospel that never fails to get audiences to let loose on the dancefloor, complete with the roof-raising sounds of their live brass band, percussion and keys.

To keep guests fuelled throughout the night, a wide range of food and drink is available, from sumptuous après-skate treats at Fortnum’s Lodge to warming dishes from Fernandez & Wells and sweet snacks from HEJ in their buzzing courtyard cafés. Out on the River Terrace, pop-up food stalls offer delicious dishes for all tastes and requirements, including gourmet burgers from Bristol’s Buckland Burgers and much more. A selection of bars ensures everyone has a drink in hand to send off one decade and welcome in the next with friends and loved ones.

For those looking to refuel for another round of dancing, or to experience a more relaxed House Party scene, Somerset House’s East Wing offers an inviting space to enjoy inspired live sets from a leading House Gospel Choir DJ complete with a pop-up bar.

As the clock strikes midnight, guests can enjoy brilliant views of the internationally renowned Mayor of London fireworks on Somerset House’s River Terrace. Far from the throngs along the riverside, visitors can admire the explosive illuminations in style, before returning to the festivities which continue until 2am.

House Gospel Choir’s return to Somerset House, following their sell-out Skate Lates DJ takeover with JACK in 2018 marks five years of acclaimed sell-out performances and festival appearances including Glastonbury, Bestival, Latitude and British Summertime Hyde Park, alongside live sessions with the likes of Stormzy, Labrinth, Annie Mac, Candi Staton, Loyle Carner and Kylie Minogue. House Gospel Choir’s mantra champions the power of music in unifying audiences in a harmonious celebration: “We can’t all speak at the same time and have our voices heard but we can sing together as one voice and be understood. We are one.” Combining this ethos, and their electrifying sound, the countdown to 2020 at Somerset House is set to be one of House Gospel Choir’s biggest parties to date.

Ticket holders will also have late-night access to the first solo UK exhibition from one of South Africa’s most prominent contemporary artists, Mary Sibande. In I Came Apart at the Seams, Sibande presents a series of striking photographic and sculptural works exploring the power of imagined narratives in challenging stereotypical depictions of women and shaping identities in South Africa today.

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ADDITIONAL LISTINGS INFORMATION

Address:  Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

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ABOUT SOMERSET HOUSE

London’s working arts centre

Somerset House is London’s working arts centre and home to the UK’s largest creative community. Built on historic foundations, we are situated in the very heart of the capital.

Dedicated to backing progress, championing openness, nurturing creativity and empowering ideas, our cultural programme is ambitious in scope. We insist on relevance, but aren’t afraid of irreverence, and are as keen on entertainment as enrichment. We embrace the biggest issues of our times and are committed to oxygenating new work by emerging artists. Where else can you spend an hour ice-skating while listening to a specially commissioned sound piece by a cutting edge artist?

It is this creative tension – the way we harness our heritage, put the too-often overlooked on our central stage and use our neo-classical backdrop to showcase ground-breaking contemporary culture – that inspires our programme. Old and new, history and disruption, art and entertainment, high-tech and homemade, combined with the fact that we are home to a constantly shape-shifting working creative community: this is our point of difference. It is what we are proud of. And it is what makes the experience of visiting or working in Somerset House inspiring and energizing, urgent and exciting.

ABOUT HOUSE GOSPEL CHOIR

MEET THE CHOIR THAT HOUSE BUILT

The late great Frankie Knuckles once called house music: “church for people that have fallen from grace.” Anyone who has been caught up in the rapture of a true house classic can testify to its power to unify and uplift. HGC is an electrifying House meets Gospel experience that never fails to get audiences clapping, dancing and singing along. HGC shows bring together a group of outstanding singers, a full house band and DJ, creating an effortless live fusion of the biggest house and gospel tunes that never fail to raise the roof!

House Gospel Choir’s magic is their ear for production, thanks to the songwriters, producers, vocal arrangers and selectors who make up the collective. With an album in the works, the choir have been bubbling away in studios across London, working with a roll call of iconic dance music producers, from global house icons Todd Terry, DJ Spen, Grammy Award winner Alex Metric, to Toddla T and UK gospel icon Nicky Brown. Their monthly public Mass Choir open rehearsal, at Rich Mix in East London, have recently featured guest appearances from house and techno icon The Black Madonna, and electro pop singer Georgia. House Gospel Choir’s first original single ‘Salvation’ received critical acclaim from the likes of Billboard US who described it as “beyond energising.  Pounding disco-house production from Adelphi Music Factory gets our blood pumping hard while the angelic voices of the Choir have us testifying to the club lords.  Bear witness to this glory, a-freakin-men.”

The current House Gospel Choir has grown to over 150 members of all religions and backgrounds. They take us to church, literally and metaphorically and remind us, whatever spiritual inclination we may have, of the sonic swells in our ribcage that truly great harmonies can inspire. www.housegospelchoir.com/ 

ABOUT FORTNUM & MASON

First founded in Piccadilly in 1707, Fortnum & Mason has remained an essential London destination for anyone in search of extraordinary food, joy-giving things, unforgettable experiences and exceptional service ever since. From the food halls and confectionery counters to the beautiful fragrance, beauty and fashion floor, expertly curated gentlemen’s department, and refined Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, Fortnum’s seeks to make the everyday special. Celebrated for its famous teas, Scotch eggs, handmade chocolates, and wicker hampers, the iconic brand is committed to the imagination and discovery that has seen it through 312 years of history.

Today, Fortnum’s continues to expand to new outposts at home and abroad – most recently at London’s The Royal Exchange, and in November to its first standalone overseas store and restaurant in Hong Kong’s K11 MUSEA – alongside its special winter residence at Skate at Somerset House, now entering its sixth year. Proud of its storied past and innovating still, Fortnum’s mission remains to deliver a sense of pleasure to every customer, whether they’re shopping in-store or from around the world at the award-winning fortnumandmason.com. Follow Fortnum’s on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook (@fortnums).