Praetorius Nov 2022 - Jan 2023

“…it is the choir that is the heart of the piece and the performance. All ages, joyful, uninhibited yet unanimous, they carry all before them… Has unison singing ever been so thrilling?” – Early Music Review

Gabrieli Roar presents ‘In Dulci Jubilo’, a festive celebration of the spectacular polychoral music of Michael Praetorius and Heinrich Schütz. Led by Gabrieli Artistic Director, Paul McCreesh, more than 2,000 late primary and secondary students will join Gabrieli’s world-class musicians across eight performances in regional cathedrals around the UK.

A belated celebration of the 400th anniversary of Praetorius’ death, this is surely some of the most exciting and flamboyant music of the early baroque, the perfect platform to encourage young singers to connect with choral and classical music, and heritage culture.

Gabrieli’s own acclaimed recording of Praetorius’ Christmas mass remains the group’s best-selling album. In Dulci Jubilo will feature major works from this feast of choral delights, including Puer Natus in Bethleham, Von Himmel Hoch, Quem Pastores, and of course the thrilling setting of In Dulci Jubilo to showcase massed trumpets and voices. Complementing this cornerstone music of Praetorius will be repertoire from later periods, a Christmastide treat for audiences and singers alike.

Performances will be held in:

Portsmouth Cathedral, 29 November 2022
Canterbury Cathedral, 30 November 2022
Peterborough Cathedral, 1 December 2022
Ely Cathedral, 2 December 2022
York Minster, 3 December 2022
Hull Minster, 4 December 2022
Coventry Cathedral, 5 December 2022
Westminster Cathedral, 10 January 2023


1  Es ist ein Ros entsprungen – Michael Praetorius arr. Jan Sandström
2  Christum wir sollen loben schon – Plainsong, arr.Lukas Osiander
3  Puer natus in Bethlehem – Praetorius
4  This is the truth sent from above – Traditional arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams
5  A spotless rose – Herbert Howells
6  Vom himmel hoch – arr. Praetorius
7  Bululalow – Francis Pott
8  In the bleak midwinter – Gustav Holst
9  Quem pastores laudavere – arr. Praetorius
10  Magnificat SWV 468 with interpolated carols – Heinrich Schütz
11  In dulci jubilo – arr. Robert Pearsall
12  In dulci jubilo – arr. Praetorius

“Some of the finest choral singing of the Proms season…there was a clarity of articulation and musical intent that spoke of the world-class training these young singers are receiving…” – The New Statesman

Join the project

If you are interested in joining this project, we’d love to hear from you:

Anna Winstone
Roar Manager


Box offices are currently open for the majority of performances. Head to the ‘Events’ page to access booking links for each event at the bottom of individual performance pages (under ‘Book Here’). Box offices for Portsmouth Cathedral and Westminster Cathedral to open soon.