LCGC sets world record with Soundcraft Vi6

The London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC) sealed a Guinness World Record last weekend when experienced sound engineers Raphael Williams (pictured) and Nikoma Bell specified 96- and 64-channel Soundcraft Vi6 consoles respectively to mix the largest gospel choir ever assembled on a stage.
The event was to celebrate LCGC’s 30th anniversary – with a three-day series of performance and workshops at London’s South Bank over the bank holiday weekend. The highlight was the concert at the Royal Festival Hall on the Sunday, and since this was being multi-tracked for a live album and DVD, recording engineer Simon Changer also had a third 96-channel Vi6 isolated in the back control room.
In order to beat the previous record of 1,138 voices singing together in concert conditions, LCGC invited 30 other gospel choirs from across Europe to participate, so that the front tier stalls of the hall also became a performance area for the extended choir (leaving the audience to occupy the balcony/under-balcony seats and upper tiers). The show included X Factor runner-up Jahmene Douglas and Magic FM DJ Angie Greaves – and the existing record was broken thanks to an ensemble of 1169 vocalists performing simultaneously.
Richard Nowell Sound Systems (RNSS) provided all the sound equipment.