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Luv Gospel: Britain’s Got Talent ‘blood’ choir joins line-up at free gospel music and health crossover festival

PUBLISHED: 14:08 13 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:37 15 August 2018

The B Positive Choir who have made it into the Britain's Got Talent semi finals  Picture: NHS Blood & Transplant

The B Positive Choir who have made it into the Britain's Got Talent semi finals Picture: NHS Blood & Transplant

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Britain’s Got Talent finalists B Positive are among the line-up at a free four-day gospel music festival in Wembley.

Members of the B Positive Choir. Picture: NHS Blood & TransplantMembers of the B Positive Choir. Picture: NHS Blood & Transplant

The choir, made up of people whose lives have been affected by blood donation, usually includes Wembley mum Simonne Kerr, whose son died of sickle cell disease, although she won’t be there on the day itself.

Luv Gospel Brent Community Festival is taking over the North Wembley Community Seventh-day Adventist Church (SDA) in East Lane from Saturday.

The four-day programme, continuing on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday next week, includes artists from the gospel scene plus Q&A sessions with TV lifestyle guru Dr Chidi.

Michael Agyei-Asare of the South England Conference of the SDA said: “We got such positive feedback from the people who came last year.

“It’s not every day we are able to see top gospel artists free of charge.”

He added: “This time we’re having an emphasis on health. Dr Chidi will come each day and people can ask questions relating to their health or somebody they know.

“If you’re diabetic you can ask what diet will have a positive impact on you, for example.”

On August 24 there is a big push for people to sign up as blood donors. To help people along, the B Positive choir will be performing that night.

“There are a lot of people who need blood and a staggeringly low number who donate,” said Michael. “We thought this would be a good way to get people to commit.”

For the first time, on the opening night, a musical production, Life Choices, will be performed by Gospel Jam.

Compere Paul King-Brown from the London Live Community Church will introduce other acts on the night including Charles Dada, who won best newcomer at the Premier Gospel 2018 Awards.

Jason Nicholson-Porter, of ITV’s Voice UK, performs on Wednesday. Friday next week is a “more cultural day” with London Asian SDA Christian Choir, London African Gospel Choir, and a youth choir from Croydon performing. UK Country Music 2018 nominee Philippa Hanna performs on the closing night.

Doors open each day at 6pm with free refreshments, with performances from 7pm. See luvgospel2018.eventbrite.co.uk to reserve free tickets.

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