TALENTED youngsters took to the stage with one of the world’s most famous gospel choirs in a special show in Ossett.
The town’s Trinity Church was the venue for the one-off performance by London Community Gospel Choir and pupils from four local schools.
Hundreds of people packed the church as youngsters from Holy Trinity, Gawthorpe, Towngate and Flushdyke schools sang on stage with the choir, which is travelling the UK on its 30th anniversary tour last week.
Paul Maybury, vicar at Trinity Church, on Church Street, said it was one of the biggest performances ever staged at the church.
He said: “We feel very privileged to have international performing artists coming to our church.”
Gospel classics including Oh Happy Day, His Eye Is On The Sparrow, Hallelujah and Amazing Grace featured in the performance, which was staged in a partnership between Trinity Church and community group the Ossett Observer.
Arts Council funding was also secured to make the event possible.
Famed for their unique gospel arrangements and dynamic performances, the London Community Gospel Choir has performed with Madonna and on the soundtrack to the Lion King movie.
The singers stopped off in Ossett as part of their Christmas Gospel Tour and took part in a singing workshop with the youngsters earlier yesterday at Towngate Primary School, on Whitley Spring Road.
Rev Maybury said the concert was part of the church’s development as place for performance and creative activities.
He said: “It is a tremendous opportunity for Ossett to be able to host artists of this calibre and is part of our longer term plans to develop the church as a space for use by the wider community.”