Gabrieli Roar at Southwark Cathedral
18 February 2016
This week saw the official launch of Gabrieli Roar at Southwark Cathedral. On 16 February our five partner choirs were joined by the professional singers of the Gabrieli Consort to form a chorus of nearly 150 voices. The performance was a joyous example of the ability of talented young musicians to rise to the highest levels of achievement when given the correct training and support, and most importantly, the opportunity to excel.
We are tremendously proud of our young singers and the professionalism on display, and are looking forward to continuing this progress on 04 July at Ely Cathedral as part of Cambridge Summer Music (full booking details will be available soon, click here for further information), and over the coming seasons.
Energy: check. Passion: check. Magnificent music: check. More please!
Lesley-Ann Jones (audience member)
Amazing, inspiring concert! I loved it! Nicky Footer (audience member)
It was such a privilege to be able to sing in Southwark Cathedral with Gabrieli Roar this evening – I enjoyed every second! Thanks so much! Jenny Frost (participant)
It was great to have been involved in the launch of Gabrieli Roar tonight. The young singers did a great job – some really exciting sounds. Charlotte Mobbs (Gabrieli Consort)
Fantastic Gabrieli Roar launch last night in Southwark Cathedral – 120 young singers raising the roof with Elgar and Howells! Audience member
We loved singing with Gabrieli Roar and all the partner choirs – so inspiring for the members of Bradford Catholic Youth Choir. Diocese of Leeds Music
Our Artistic Director and Chorus Director also had these thoughts on the project:
The brilliance of the choir’s performance was self-evident, but the success of the launch lay in the transformations of the young singers as they individually began to find their confidence throughout the rehearsal period, making the journey from observer, to timid participant, to critical contributor. It’s extraordinary to see them come alive like this! Greg Beardsell, Chorus Director
Gabrieli Roar is about music, but it’s also, shamelessly, about emotion, passion, hard work and above all, expectation. I have an unswerving confidence in the transformative power of great art and culture, but more important, I never doubt for a minute that our young people can connect with the music and achieve a performance of the highest standard. That belief, too often lacking in society’s attitude towards young people, gives the singers confidence; it also allows them to grow in a completely supportive atmosphere. The benefit of this on their singing is fully evident, but the more wide-reaching benefit to them emotionally, psychologically is, I hope, of even greater significance.
Paul McCreesh, Artistic Director