Participants' Testimonials

Thank you so much for a fantastic weekend … I loved the music, the conductor, the atmosphere, the food, the settings, the talks – everything was just great! It was an amazing experience!
July 2016

If you are a singer, of any standard, Gabrieli Roar will be a fantastic learning curve for you- rehearsing and performing with world-class singers in amazing venues, meeting so many new people with your interests and being directed by a world-renowned conductor being some of the highlights of the course. You will not be disappointed and I cannot recommend it too highly!
June 2016

I loved the focus and professionalism of everyone involved, it was superb and really inspired me take my own singing up a notch … This project was so inspirational as a singer and musician and will definitely be near the top of my life long achievements.
January 2013

Learning the music with Paul and the Gabrielis has helped unveil the huge range of emotions the music conveys. I was moved to tears in one of the orchestra rehearsals by the sheer power and gravitas of the work, and its statements about war and the value of human life. The experience has no doubt made me a much more technically competent singer…
January 2013

Those four days reminded me exactly why I wanted to become a musician and try and pass on experiences similar to this one to children and young adults of the next generation.
January 2013

We found this experience to be extremely rewarding, to be pushed to our best level of performance, and to see the standard at which we are able to perform. It also helped us improve on key areas such as sight reading, blend and technique.
January 2013

It was a privilege to work with professional musicians of such high calibre. Although being a relatively inexperienced young singer working alongside highly experienced and respected professionals, there were no barriers evident throughout the weekend. It was most beneficial having the Gabrieli singers interspersed throughout the choir sections offering us their professional advice…
June 2011

Thank you so much for organising such an amazing weekend! I’ve truly loved both of the Roar events this year and I feel so privileged to have been able to take part.
July 2016

Thank you so much for a fantastic weekend with Gabrieli Roar. I loved the music, the conductor, the atmosphere, the food, the settings, the talks – everything was just great! It was an amazing experience to work with all you wonderful people and to sing in Ely. Thank you for making things like this possible for choirs and young people!
July 2016

Gabrieli Roar has been a once in a lifetime opportunity. I have loved the whole experience.
February 2016

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and everyone involved in organising the project – it was such an incredible experience.
July 2016

I just wanted to extend the biggest ‘Thank you!’ for this fantastic and informative weekend. Aside from giving the choirs a brilliant residential course and working your socks off, I am very thankful that you also took the time to give invaluable advice to those who came to the careers talk on Sunday. I am very appreciative of all that you have done to make the weekend possible and I cannot thank you enough.
July 2016

There have been lots of highlights in being a member of BCYC but Gabrieli Roar is definitely one of the best. Our concert in Ely was one of the toughest but more rewarding performances I’ve ever taken part in. The rehearsals were long and hard but it was so worth it – the standard was absolutely amazing!
July 2016

It’s been great to be able to sing with professionals, and in places that I would never get the opportunity to sing otherwise.
February 2016

It was inspiring to listen to and, especially, sing alongside professional singers, and to be treated in the same way as they were.
August 2011

The Proms concert was the best night of my life. Thank you.
August 2011

It was simply superb. I have never been more proud in my whole life.
August 2011

It has been an absolute joy to be involved in the project from beginning to end. Thank you so much to Paul McCreesh for his vision, and to everybody who made the project possible.
August 2011

I was really impressed by the focus of all the musicians. It is too late for me to change my career path now, but if I was younger I may have chosen to study music after this project.
August 2011

I loved taking part in this project and have been singing Elijah to myself for months – it is a brilliant work, but not something I would have been drawn to had I not done this project. I look forward to buying the CD and being able to say that I am on it!
August 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed the project … this has been one of the best experiences of my life! I’ve been truly inspired!
August 2011

None of this could have happened had it not been for the vision, generosity and determination of Paul McCreesh – he stood before us in our hundreds and brought us together in our mutual love of the music and understanding of each other … there is nothing in my experience of life to which it can be compared, and I doubt very much that there ever will be.
August 2011

Having the opportunity to sing with the Gabrieli professionals genuinely helped me to improve my singing and I found the insight into professional rehearsing and recording thrilling … it has honestly been one of the best things I have ever been involved with and singing in the Royal Albert Hall with 300 others and a huge orchestra is something I am unlikely to forget.
August 2011

I actually sang next to a Gabrieli Soprano … How good is that?!
October 2010