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World-renowned choir to bring celebratory sound to Coventry in July

Coventry is set to welcome a world-famous choir this July – bringing international sounds to the city’s Assembly Festival Garden.

The Soweto Gospel Choir, which won the Grammy for Best World Music Album for their album Freedom in 2019, will be performing in the city from 5 July through to 31 July.

World-renowned choir to bring celebratory sound to Coventry in July

The choir hails from Soweto (South West Township) just outside Johannesburg in South Africa and the music is in honour of the father of the rainbow nation, former president Nelson Mandela.

During their time in city, Mandela Day will be marked across the world on 18 July, which will be fitting as it was Coventry’s Jerry Dammers who penned the track Nelson Mandela song, performed by The Special AKA and which became an anthem across the world during Mandela’s time in a South African prison.

The 16-piece choir will perform a range of rousing freedom songs in a joyous and uplifting set that includes Amazing Grace and a spine-tingling version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah

The Soweto Gospel Choir – which has been spreading musical joy across two decades, performing with the likes of U2, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Robert Plant, Celine Dion, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Josh Groban – is presented by Andrew Kay.

Andrew said: “The Soweto Gospel Choir members are thrilled to tour the UK after so many years of absence.

“The group continues to inspire fans worldwide but the reaction we get from audiences in the UK is unforgettable. We hope our uplifting message of hope, faith and joy reaches audiences new and old on this special return visit as we celebrate the legacy of the great Nelson Mandela.”

William Burdett-Coutts, Artistic Director at Assembly Festival, said: “It promises to be a truly special show at the Assembly Festival Garden in Coventry. 

“Coventry is a city of peace – but also of protest – which it showed in its support of Nelson Mandela and through the song written by Jerry Dammers. 

“It is fantastic, therefore, that Coventry is welcoming the Soweto Gospel Choir this July for a feast of uplifting, joyous music from one of the world’s best-known choirs.”

Assembly Festival Garden was originally part of Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 and remains in the city until September 2022 as part of the legacy programme.

To keep up to date with all Assembly Festival Garden news and future programme announcements visit Find on social @AssemblyGardens.

For more information on the choir go to 

Their work can be heard here:


The Soweto Gospel Choir will perform at Assembly Festival Garden, Coventry in July and Assembly Hall at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August.

  • 16:30, 5 - 31 Jul, Assembly Festival Garden, Queen of Flanders spiegeltent, Coventry CV1 2LU
  • 13:40, 4 - 29 Aug, Assembly Hall, Main Hall, Edinburgh EH1 2LU

The Soweto Gospel Choir is also embarking on a UK tour later in the year. More details are below: 

2022 UK Tour Schedule


Sat 14 Oct 7.30pm               NEWCASTLE  Newcastle Cathedral – For the charity organisation 

         Northern Roots

         Details to be announced


Sat 15 Oct 7.30pm       DARLINGTON Hippodrome         01325 405405


Sun 16 Oct 7.30pm        WOLVERHAMPTON Grand Theatre   01902 42 92 12



Tue 18 Oct 7.30pm       LONDON Cadogan Hall    020 7730 4500



Thu 20 Oct 7.30pm       MALVERN Festival Theatre   01684 892277



Fri 21 Oct 7.30pm     ABERYSTWYTH Arts Centre  01970 623232


Sat 22 Oct 5pm & 8pm MANCHESTER Stoller Hall   0333 130 0967


Sun 23 Oct 7.30pm       BIRMINGHAM Town Hall  0121 780 3333


Mon 24 Oct        DURHAM  Durham Cathedral for Durham University

A Celebration of Ruth First

Details to be announced


Tue 25 Oct 7.30pm       HULL City Hall  01482 300306



Wed 26 Oct 7.30pm      BRADFORD St George’s Hall   01274 432000


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