Andrew Legg formed the Southern Gospel Choir and Band in 2000, soon after joining the staff of the contemporary music department at the University of Tasmania, Conservatorium of Music. The choir is undoubtedly one of the most vibrant and exciting musical ensembles to arrive on the Tasmanian music scene, holding a special place in the musical life of Tasmanians, performing to packed houses and critical acclaim.
Maria Lurighi (Vocal Coach)
Maria Lurighi travels effortlessly from classical music to jazz, funk and gospel. Her musical wanderings have taken her from Aretha Franklin and the Rocky Horror Picture Show to Beethoven and the Badloves! Maria has the rare power to deliver a riveting and authentic performance in every genre and is renowned for her stage presence and her gorgeous voice, which was described by David Bates as "pure velvet, a delight to the ears".
The Southern Gospel Choir is unique in Australia. Their very contemporary sound draws on the grooves and harmonic structures of jazz, funk, soul, house and hip-hop and yet maintains the heart and soul of traditional gospel through beautiful and powerful melodies and vocal arrangements, and the irrepressible, uncontainable joy that is gospel music.
The choir is highly experienced in performance for corporate events, having performed at numerous functions and conventions and this powerful choir are at home singing in outdoor venues, wineries, the Federation Concert Hall, the Theatre Royal or community halls and theatres. The Southern Gospel Choir is one of the most flexible music ensembles in Australia, able to provide a stylish sextet or a huge, roof-raising gospel sound, and boasts some of the best up-and-coming contemporary singers in Australia.
The choir is supported by a six-piece band drawn from the elite of Tasmania’s musicians, featuring saxophone, drums, bass, piano, keyboards and the inimitable sound of the Hammond organ. The choir can also be ably supported by the brilliant solo piano accompaniment of Andrew Legg.