Biography

“All ages, joyful, uninhibited yet unanimous…Has unison singing ever been so thrilling?” EARLY MUSIC REVIEW

Gabrieli believe that great choral music belongs to us all; young and old, professional and amateur. Since 2010 the original Gabrieli Young Singers Scheme, (re-launched in 2015 as Gabrieli Roar) has worked with selected partner youth choirs from across the UK, providing their members with an ambitious training, mentoring and performance programme and giving teenage singers an unparalleled opportunity to engage with the great canon of choral repertoire, inspiring the next generation of performers and audiences. As with all our work, Gabrieli Roar is uncompromising in its commitment to enriching people’s lives through music.

Led by Artistic Director Paul McCreesh and Chorus Director Greg Beardsell, Gabrieli Roar offers a unique mentoring scheme which pairs our professional singers with our partner youth choirs and their directors in an ongoing relationship, providing support where it is needed most. We help young singers to excel; to develop a confidence in their own abilities that in turn allows them to develop a love for complex repertoire that they would not otherwise have the opportunity to perform.

Previous projects have included a thrilling BBC Proms performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah with a massed choir of over 150 hundred young singers and studio recordings of Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Britten’s War Requiem, the latter winning the BBC Music Magazine Award for Best Choral Recording of 2014.  On occasions, we also create smaller, bespoke projects in which we work with partner choirs individually within their own communities, for instance performing Haydn The Seasons with North East Youth Chorale at Brinkburn Summer Music in Northumberland, or a programme of Bach and Mendelssohn motets with Ulster Youth Choir at the Belfast Festival.

We believe in providing young singers with inspiring performance projects, but the work we do behind the scenes, week-in week-out with our partner youth choirs, with mentors across the country, rehearsal days, training weekends and residential courses, is at the heart of the scheme. Gabrieli Roar works with young singers on vocal technique; higher education choices; repertoire choice and preparation; recruitment; performance opportunities – and any other area where we are needed!

“I hope we will be able to offer some young people life-changing experiences which will inculcate a real passion for the vocal repertoire which will last all their lives…” PAUL MCCREESH

In 2016/17 we will be working with the following partner youth choirs: Inner Voices, directors Ralph Allwood and Ed Watkins; London Youth Choir, director Rachel Staunton; Taplow Youth Choir, director Gillian Dibden, Cantate, director Nicholas Shaw, Bradford Catholic Youth Choir, director Thomas Leech; Hertfordshire County Youth Choir, director Victoria Longdon and David Ross Education Trust Youth Choir, director Simon Toyne. We continue to collaborate with our associate choirs: Chethams School of Music, director Stephen Threlfall and North East Youth Chorale, director John Forsyth MBE.

Our packed diary for 2017 and beyond includes projects of all sizes across the country, with repertoire ranging from Haydn masses to ‘Music for Kings, Queens and Princes’ a new programme celebrating music for royal occasions from across the ages, and our Praetorius Mass for Christmas Morning programme.

For more information about future projects, or to enquire about participating in Gabrieli Roar, please email Camilla King: camilla@nullgabrieli.com