Gospel! The Friendly Norwegian Invasion…


Posted by Andy Goddard

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Winchester Today was very proud to host the Drammen International Gospel Choir for a series of concerts in Winchester and Salisbury – the biggest event yet for us. All images: Mona Auke Photography 2014


Music Director Sven Jøran Michelsen led the 40-strong choir and band through the 5-day visit.


The choir didn’t disappoint, with a mixture of their own songs and Gospel classics. Some of the songs were serious (‘Fill the Streets With Love’ was written in light of the appalling attacks in Oslo and Utøya – and others light-hearted, with plenty of audience participation.


The Mayor of Winchester, Eileen Berry got the tour underway by welcoming the choir to the Mayor’s Parlour for coffee and an early morning sing-song.


The proceedings at the Discovery Centre, Salisbury Arts Centre and Christ Church have been recorded for a CD which will be released in the New Year after being mastered back in Norway. The sale of the CD will help Naomi House, the chosen charity of Winchester Today.



Monica sings her heart out for the Mayor


The Mayor receives flowers and a unique Norwegian gift from Maia


An amazing atmosphere at Christ Church

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Lifting the roses high: singing ‘Fill The Streets With Love’ at the Discovery Centre

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Sven Jøran and the choir take in the audience appreciation at Salisbury’s Arts Centre