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NEWS RELEASE - 5000 GOLDEN JUBILEE GOSPEL CHOIR
Support for Africa - 14 February 2002

SINGER PATTI BOULAYE IS THE FOUNDER/PRESIDENT OF THE CHARITY "SUPPORT FOR AFRICA". ON BEHALF OF HER CHARITY SHE IS ORGANISING 5,000 STRONG GOSPEL CHOIR FOR THE GOLDEN JUBILEE PARADE ON THE JUNE 4TH 2002. THE GOLDEN JUBILEE GOSPEL CHOIR IS 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 IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF UNITY AND DIVERSITY WORKING SIDE BY SIDE. YOUNG PEOPLE FROM THE AGES OF 15YRS TO MEN AND WOMEN IN THEIR SEVENTYS SHARING A COMMON INTEREST, DANCING AND SINGING SIDE BY SIDE IN CELEBRATION. 4,800 OF THEM WILL ASSEMBLE IN ST JAMES SQUARE AT 2 PM, WHILE 200 GOSPEL SINGERS MAINLY FROM THE KINGDOM CHOIR WILL TAKE THEIR PLACE OUTSIDE BUCKINGHAM PALACE WITH KAREN GIBSON WHO WILL BE CONDUCTING, NICKY BROWN THE CHOIR'S DIRECTOR OF MUSIC AND PATTI BOULAYE LEADING THE SINGING.

A BRIEF HISTORY The Golden Jubilee Gospel Choir is going 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 10 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 had done for her Charity.

She has also written a special song, "JUBILEE SONG (Celebrate Good News)" to be sung by the 5000 gospel singers during the procession. She will lead the Golden Jubilee Gospel Choir down The Mall and will sing "Amazing Grace" in the Finale. The Golden Jubilee Gospel Choir will all meet together, for the very first time, in the open air of St James's Square at 10.00am where Patti Boulaye and her Sun Dance dancers/singers, will endeavour to teach the 5000 gospel choir, some basic choreographed movements involving; dance, flags and ribbons waving, to create a sea of colour, vibrancy, excitement and joyful singing voices.

In under two hours, Patti Boulaye, will choreograph 5000 singers between the ages of 15years to late seventies. After this mammoth task, Patti Boulaye will lead the Golden Jubilee Gospel Choir up The Mall, singing and dancing to the Palace gates. The choirs will be in bright colours of their own choice. !,500 members will be in yellow and they will form the letter "H" the rest will be an array of colours. In front will be the Metropolitan Police Gospel Choir, some of whom will be in uniform (without their hats). In front of the Police Choir will be 20 members of Patti Boulaye's Sun Dance dancers/singers, dressed in red, they will carry flags and form a chevron ("V" shape) behind Patti.

At 3.05pm the choir will lead Her Majesty up The Mall, while swaying, dancing, singing, clapping and waving red, white and blue ribbons. The public will be encouraged to join in with the singing. They will sing 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 linked by "AMEN".

The choir's Musical Director is Nicky Brown and vocal arrangements are by Karen Gibson (Conductor) and Patti Boulaye. 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 will be outside the palace; between the gates and The Queen Victoria Memorial, where the Queen will take her seat for the rest of the parade. At 5.55pm, immediately after the fly past, Patti will sing "AMAZING GRACE" (from the South Stage) with a choir boy and the mass choir of 20,000, the orchestra, military band and bagpipes will join in for a big finale.

Patti, her Sun Dance dancers and members of the Golden Jubilee Gospel Choir are available for interviews.

For interviews, bookings and further information, please call 01753 885 652.

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