The Animated Gospel Choir
It began in the summer of 1995. The founders of the choir attended a puppet workshop in the Netherlands, after which they decided to form a choir with puppets. From humble beginnings with a small group of three, today[when?] there are 12 puppeteers and still growing. The choir has performed all over the UK at festivals, concerts, churches, schools, conferences, fetes, hotels, open air shows, parties, holiday resorts, shopping centres and carnivals
The choir has performed overseas in Germany, Austria, USA, South Africa, the Netherlands, Ireland and Denmark.
The Animated Gospel Choir was a finalist on the BBC2 show Let Me Entertain You in September 2006.
The choir auditioned for Britain's Got Talent on ITV but due to their religious beliefs of observing the Sabbath (they are Seventhday Adventists) they were not able to attend the second round of auditions which was on a Saturday. The producers were very keen for the choir to come back so they moved their audition to a weekday instead. They appeared in June 2007 and performed "Joyful Joyful" (the version of the song from the film Sister Act 2); the judges reacted positively with Simon Cowell commenting that the choir was very good and the best puppet act they had seen in the whole competition.
The choir was scheduled to appear on Blue Peter (the BBC children's programme) on 16 December 2009. They now have their own fan club page on Facebook and their website was scheduled to be online by the end of November 2009
The choir has also won three awards:
- 1996 – The LYF Way-To-Go Award
- 1999 - The Walthamstow Seventh-day Adventist Award
- 2004 – Children’s Gospel Festival 2004
The Animated Gospel Choir attends the Walthamstow Seventh-day Adventist Church in Walthamstow, east London. They have a demanding schedule of performances and perform all over the UK and are scheduled to go to Spain in July 2007.