DMU Gospel Choir are about to play the two biggest gigs of their life with legendary Leicester rockers Kasabian.
Serge and Tom from Kasabian in the LCFC dressing room (pic Leicester Mercury)
The choir members, the majority of which study at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU), have been personally asked by the band to perform with them when they play two sold out gigs at the King Power Stadium this Bank Holiday weekend.
The exact details of how it will all come together are being saved for the Kasabian faithful this weekend.
The guest appearance has been kept under wraps for a couple of weeks but the DMU Gospel Choir announced their involvement in the shows on Twitter this weekend as they rehearsed with the band.
DMU Gospel Choir at rehearals for the Kasabian gig
The DMU Gospel Choir has sent City fans’ spirits soaring during the run up to the Premier League title by performing their unique take on Foxes’ football chants outside the King Power.
As City marched on to Premier League glory, the DMU Gospel Choir was featured heavily in the world’s media who descended on Leicester to tell the incredible footballing story that has captured the hearts of billions.
They also delighted the huge crowd at Victoria Park at the end of City’s victory parade with performances of their football chants.
The DMU Gospel Choir is not the only link the university has with the Premier League Champions. DMU has had a four year partnership with Leicester City which was just renewed this year and sees the university named as City's "Official Higher Education Partner".
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Kasabian – who are massive LCFC supporters – were impressed with the choir’s singing in Filbert Way and wanted to feature them in their shows, which will be performed in front of 60,000 fans over two days to celebrate City’s unbelievable dream season.
DMU Gospel Choir music director Jordan Anderson, who has just completed his first year at DMU studying Computing, said: “It feels fantastic. It is an absolute privilege to perform with Kasabian. They are such a huge name in the world of music – so famous - and yet they are so down to earth. We chat like we’ve just seen each other in the street. I am enjoying every minute of it.
“We are performing in front of 30,000 people each day which is incredible. I think we nailed it in rehearsals. Just a couple of adjustments to make then we plan to bring the house down with Kasabian!
“It is amazing that we have been singing in front of the King Power Stadium each match day for the fans and the players and now we are ending the season singing inside it in front of 60,000 people.”
DMU Gospel Choir leader Ellah Kandi, who is a DMU Social Work student and works in the DMU Chaplaincy team, said: “What is happening to us is incredible. These will be the biggest gigs of our life.
“We were given less than a week to practise the songs and then went to rehearse with the band. We got it right first time and nobody could believe it.
“In fact, Serge actually shed a tear when he heard us.”
Posted on Wednesday 25th May 2016