THE Medina Community Choir will perform not one, but two concerts this weekend.

Ahead of summer tour in France, the choir will perform Gospel Gold concerts at two venues in Cowes.

"Members have often said that it's a shame the people on the Island don't get to hear our gospel repertoire ­— every two years we take it on tour to French audiences and perform other music here," said choir founder and director, Hannah Brear.

"This year, we're doing a mini-tour right here on the Island so families, friends and fans of the choir can hear this exciting, passionate and uplifting music before we take it over the Channel."

The choir will be treating listeners to gospel classics including Oh Happy Day and Amazing Grace, as well as more contemporary pieces such as Leona Lewis' Footprints in the Sand and Circle of Life from The Lion King.

Hannah said: "We are so excited about our fifth tour to France, but there's nothing like performing to a home crowd of family, friends, loved ones and people who have been supporting the choir for over 12 years."

Following the first concert in Totland last weekend, you can catch the show at St Mary's Church, Cowes, on Friday (July 19) and Cowes Baptist Church on Saturday. Both start at 7.30pm.

The acclaimed choir was founded in 2006 at Medina High School and has since evolved into an Island-wide choir comprising more than 100 members, who have performed at New York's Carnegie Hall and with stars including Fatboy Slim, Russell Watson and Blake.

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