Scots singers take Tartan Gospel to Moscow

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The Gospel Truth Choir announce first ever Russian concert

It's a great honour to be invited to take our Tartan Gospel to Moscow - hopefully we'll do Scotland proud!

The Gospel Truth Choir – Scotland’s professional gospel singing group – today announced their first ever appearance in Russia, and also released final details of a concert to formally launch their “Deep Fried Gospel” album. The Choir, originally formed by a group of friends to perform at a wedding, and which has since gone on to work with artists such as Sir Tom Jones, Paul Carrack, BA Robertson, Ricky Ross, The Skids, Horse and Karine Polwart, will launch their debut album with a one-off concert in the ballroom of the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow on Sunday 12th of June. Support will be provided by Andy Lucas and Jill Jackson, and the Choir will be joined on stage by a number of guests – including River City star Tom Urie and members of Lothian and Borders Police Choir and InChorus. In a separate announcement, they revealed that they will be taking their “Tartan Gospel” sound to Moscow in August for what must be the first ever concert by a Scottish Gospel Choir in Russia.

Choir Director Tracey Braithwaite said, “We’re really looking forward to bringing our full choir and live band to The Grand Central Hotel - which is a fantastic new venue – this is a big night for us as it’s a rare opportunity to perform such a diverse selection of material. We’ll play some songs from the album, a few new tracks, plus some real gospel favourites. And, we’re so excited about the chance to play in Moscow, it’s a huge honour to be invited by the St. Andrews Society and we will represent our country with pride!”

Fellow choir founder and Deputy Director Chris Judge added “The launch gig is a great opportunity for us to showcase all of the amazing soloists in the choir as well as giving the audience the full choir experience – and we’ve a couple of surprise guests who will join us too.”

The concert in Russia will take place in Presnya Park in Moscow on Saturday 27th of August at an annual venture organised by the St. Andrews Society in Russia, an expatriate community of Scots who are well known for their cultural contribution and support of local charities around the world. The "Stramash" will feature music from both Scots and local performers in an afternoon of fun for all the family.

Choir Manager Bill Matthews commented "it's a quite a logistical effort transporting the choir to Moscow, but it's for a great cause and the St. Andrews Society have lined up a great bill for the gig. We’re pretty sure it’s the first time that a Scots Gospel choir have ever performed in Russia so we’re not quite sure what to expect!"

Tickets for the launch concert at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow are available online, by telephone, or in person at Tickets Scotland - http://www.tickets-scotland.com . More details about the choir can be found at http://www.thegospeltruthchoir.com or http://www.facebook.com/thegospeltruthchoir. Information on the St. Andrews Society in Russia can be found at http://www.scottishmoscow.org

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