Patti Boulaye as the Founder/President of the
charity SUPPORT FOR AFRICA , organised , on the
behalf of her charity, the 5000 strong gospel
choir for The Golden Jubilee parade on June 4th
The Golden Jubilee Gospel Choir was made up
of 3,500 members of churches and groups from around
London and the South-East, including The Metropolitan
Police gospel choir and 1,500 young people from
Stagecoach Theatre Arts School. The choir was
a great example of unity and diversity working
side by side. Young people from the ages of 15
years to men and women in their seventies sharing
a common interest, dancing and singing side by
side in celebration.
4,800 of them assembled in St. James Square at
2pm while 200 gospel singers, mainly from the
Kingdom Choir took their place on stage, outside
Buckingham Palace, with Karen Gibson conducting
and Nicky Brown the choir's Director of Music.
Joining them was conductor Noel Tredinnick whilst
Patti Boulaye led the singing up The Mall.
A BRIEF HISTORY
The Golden Jubilee Gospel Choir went for a record
- never have 5,000 Gospel voices been gathered
together for any event. Patti Boulaye's plan to
encourage the evangelical church's involvement,
through her charity, Support for Africa, in the
building of clinics in Africa for the prevention
of the spread of HIV/AIDS and Malaria, led her
to stage a sell -out event produced by Sir Michael
Parker at The Royal Albert hall, to raise money
for the charity.
The result was 3,000 Gospel singers raised the
roof of The Royal Albert Hall on 10th March 2002
in " Reaching out for Africa" and raised enough
money to allow the first of many planned clinics
to be built in Africa to educate and treat HIV/AIDS
sufferers. Having got together 3,000 Gospel singers,
which was a record in itself, Sir Michael came
up with the idea - Why not go for a bigger record
and recruit another 2,000 - making a total of
5,000 - for The Queen's Golden Jubilee? And that
is exactly what Patti did, working tirelessly
for The Golden Jubilee as she does for her charity.
She also wrote a special song "JUBILEE SONG
(Celebrate Good News)" to be sung by the 5,000
gospel singers during the procession. At the end
of the procession Patti took to the stage, in
front of The Royal family and the cheering crowds,
to lead them in singing The British National Anthem.
The Golden Jubilee Gospel Choir met together,
for the very first time, in the open air of St.
James's Square at 10am on the day of the procession,
where Patti Boulaye and her Sun Dance dancers
/singers endeavoured to teach the 5000 gospel
choir, some basic choreographed movements involving;
dance, flags and ribbon waving, to create a sea
of colour, vibrancy, excitement and joyful singing
voices. After this mammoth task, Patti Boulaye
led The Golden Jubilee Gospel Choir up The Mall,
singing and dancing to the Palace gates.
The choir where in bright colours of their own
choice. 500 members were in yellow and formed
the letter "H", the rest were in an array of colours.
In front were The Metropolitan Police Gospel Choir,
some of whom were in uniform (without their hats).
In front of the Police Choir were 20 members of
Patti Boulaye's Sun Dance dancers/singers dressed
in tropical pink (except for the men). 4 of them
carried the charity flags and joined the others
to form a chevron ( "V" ) shape behind Patti.
At 3.05pm the choir led Her Majesty up The Mall,
while swaying, dancing, clapping and waving red,
white and blue ribbons. The public were encouraged
to join in with the singing. They sang to the
pre-recorded soundtracks of:-
- This Little Light of Mine
- Michael Rowed the Boat Ashore
- Jubilee Song ( Celebrate Good News)
- He's Got The Whole World In His Hands - all
The songs have been specially chosen and adapted
by Patti to encourage the spectators to join in
and participate in the singing. Patti's "jubilee
Song" is a dance number with a Soweto swing style.
The final position of The Golden Jubilee Gospel
Choir was outside the Palace; between the gates
and The Queen Victoria Memorial, where The Queen
took her seat for the rest of the parade. At 5.55pm,
immediately after the fly past, Patti sang the
National Anthem with the mass choir of 20,000,
the orchestra, military band and bagpipes will
join in for the big finale.