What is UGCY?

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UGCY provides an unprecedented platform for University Gospel Choirs across the nation to develop and showcase their musical abilities. UGCY was established in the UK in 2011 and after 5 successful years, UGCY is pleased to announce the launch of UGCY Africa. The maiden African edition takes place in Ghana in March 2016. We will be subsequently launching in Nigeria.

It is an annual competition that aims to bring together talented and diverse individuals through music, encouraging them to strive for excellence and exceed their own limitations, whilst inspiring the young and old in all walks of life.

Our network covers over 35 UK universities and 15+ Ghanaian Tertiary institutions.


An unprecedented Annual Gospel Choir Competition

Featuring University choirs across West Africa

Featured on National Television

Supported by 4 High profile judges

Live finals at theatre style venue

UGCY Achievements

Since its creation in 2011, UGCY has held five annual competitions each attracting thousands of audience members and hundreds of performers, held a surprise mass choir performance in Europe’s largest shopping centre, have made numerous TV appearances on shows such as ITV’s The X Factor, Your face sounds familiar and BBC Proms to name just a few!

All celebrating the talents of over 3000 individuals from various universities across the UK.

Choirs Involved
Number of Shows


"Whether it is X Factor ballads in the shower, hymns in church on a Sunday or the National Anthem before a crucial England international, everyone understands the power of singing out loud, regardless of the level of their talent. I am delighted that London is hosting this competition, giving student choirs from all over the country the opportunity to stretch their vocal chords and show off their musical flair. I wish everyone taking part the best of luck – and hope that the judges go easier on them than Simon Cowell!"Boris Johnson
Boris JohnsonMayor of London
"UGCY provides the opportunity for students from all backgrounds to excel at the style of music they love to perform. The team behind this competition were right to highlight the need for an initiative that encourages students to express their musical talents on a National scale. I fully support the success of UGCY and the sense of musical excellence it encourages across all universities. It is initiatives such as this that expose how successful University can be at exposing young people's amazing talents."Rt. Hon. David Lammy
Rt. Hon. David LammyMember of Parliament for Tottenham and former Minister for Higher Education
"The University Gospel Choir of the Year looks like an excellent competition. It will help to recognise the extraordinary singing talent of students across the UK , providing finalists with a wonderful showcase"..Ed Vaizey MP
Ed Vaizey MP