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8.30pm Christmas Day on BBC Two
It's a big Christmas singalong - gospel style!
Beverley Knight and Gregory Porter introduce a feast of uplifting festive music from the cream of the British gospel scene
The longstanding London Community Gospel Choir and the fresh and funky House Gospel Choir are joined by Mobo-nominated songstress Katy B, Lion King star Shaun Escoffery and vocal quintet Vadé, as well as contributions from the hosts – a transatlantic duo each with their feet firmly in gospel.
Gospel classics are in the mix with traditional carols and popular songs given a gospel twist, performed to a live audience at the church of St John at Hackney in London.
Gregory Porter and Vadé combine on a stripped down version of the Johnny Mathis hit When A Child Is Born, Katy B brings a swinging sweetness to Silent Night, Shaun Escoffery sings his hero Donny Hathaway's This Christmas and Beverley Knight delivers a barnstorming performance of modern gospel classic I Am Not Forgotten.
By the time the cast combine for a rousing finale of O Come All Ye Faithful, the place is rocking.
For performance clips and backstage festive fun, click HERE
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