In our series we ask well known artists to pinpoint their most memorable live performance. This issue Basil Meade of the LONDON COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHOIR talks about a special night at Abbey Road .
This year the London Communion Gospel Choir celebrates its 21st anniversary with a live album recorded at the famous Abbey Road studios in London. The choir's founder Rev Basil Meade recalls the evening of the recording. I have worked in many of the studios on site at Abbey Road doing backup for other artists but,on the 28th November 2002, I had the privilege of being there in my own right as an artist to record an album as part of the LCGC's celebration of 21 years of ministry, touring and pioneering gospel music in the UK. It was, as expected, a memorable evening beginning with the usual chaotic activity of sound,and video people checking out the room and setting up camera shots. I watched as people were positioning seats in their right place to allow for the movement of cameramen loaded with equipment..Engineers shuffled back and forth from desk to stage setting up microphones and then musicians arrived to set up their instruments before testing them out. Finally choir members arrived claiming space in the small areas alloted for changing. All in all, it was a typical preshow movie being played out by nervous but excited artists. The evening itself was great, the Lord was present as each song was rendered,and we worshiped. Our special guests for the recording were Matt Redman, Martin Smith, Sam Moore, Paul Carrack and Carleen Anderson. All of them were fantastic and helped to make an historical evening very special. They were a blessing to the audience who were present to witness the recording. This was a British gospel choir bringing the praise and worship of God into a facillity, hallowed by the world for the music recorded there by the Beatles and other artists. This was a British gospel choir introducing the Gospel to many who were hearing the gospel through music for the very first time. It was a humbling memory and experience.The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.