Purbeck Arts Festival

We were very pleased to be invited back to the 2014 Purbeck Arts Week in Dorset. This year we kicked off the festival with our acclaimed Venetian Coronation programme on 24th May at St Mary's Church, Wareham (pictured above)


The performance was preceded by a procession from Wareham Quay with the Doge arriving by water to the sound of brass, and with flags and drums involving many participants from the local community, some in Venetian masks.

Britten War Requiem 1962

Gabrieli is an ambitious and audacious ensemble that strives to offer inspirational and thought-provoking performances and recordings, to stand out from the crowd. We are not defined by one area of repertoire, nor do we not confine ourselves to being one type of ensemble. Our work is determined by our passion and commitment to great music, not a dedication to one century or one nationality. From Morales to Mozart, Bach to Britten, our performances are defined by the desire to employ historical performance ideals and knowledge to create music anew, to deliver exhilarating and dramatic performances of great choral and instrumental repertoire from across the centuries.

"...When Paul McCreesh and his Gabrieli Consort & Players take on a project, they go the whole hog..."
The Times, August 2011

During 2012, celebrating our 30th anniversary, Gabrieli performed as an a cappella consort of 12 voices and as a choir and orchestra of over 300 musicians. Our eclectic repertoire was performed throughout the UK and Europe and ranged from well-known Gabrieli programmes such as the Morales Requiem, A Venetian Coronation 1595 and Handel Solomon to less familiar ground, such as Britten's A Boy Was Born and the Stravinsky Mass. During the course of the year we released no fewer than three recordings on Paul McCreesh's Winged Lion label: A Song of Farewell, A New Venetian Coronation 1595 and Mendelssohn's Elijah. Visit our recordings page to buy your copy now.

2013 began in spectacular fashion, with a collaboration between Gabrieli, Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir and the Gabrieli Young Singers' Scheme to record Britten's War Requiem. The Gabrieli Young Singers' Scheme, launched in 2010, is a pioneering and aspirational education initiative that belongs at the very heart of our activities, offering young singers regular opportunities to sing as part of Gabrieli's professional performances and recordings. Visit the About Us section of our website to learn more about the unparalleled musical opportunities that we are determined to offer to these young singers in future seasons.

Gabrieli's ambitious programme of performances, recordings and education would not be possible without the support of our many loyal donors. We do not receive a penny of public funding. Concert fees only cover the direct artistic costs of each engagement and rarely, if ever, contribute towards our running costs and continued survival. Large-scale recording and education projects do not attract fees and rely 100% on fundraising. We urgently need to attract more donors.

How can you help? Please come to our concerts, buy our CDs, subscribe to our newsletters, tell your friends about us and invite them to join you in donating to us, whether as a one-off gift or by joining our friendship scheme and becoming part of a family of supporters that ensures the ongoing success of this demanding, eclectic, exciting and wonderful ensemble!

We are extremely pleased to announce that our recording of Britten's War Requiem has won the BBC Music Magazine Award for best choral recording 2014.

Visit the Recordings page of this website to buy your copy now.