Praetorius, December 2022

“One can only imagine the virtuosity required by every contributor, at every turn, to make this a reality, let alone a dazzling triumph.” GRAMOPHONE

Our latest Gabrieli Roar project, scheduled for the beginning of December, is built around the spectacular polychoral Christmas music of Michael Praetorius (1571-1621) as a belated celebration of his 400th anniversary. The project will again unite Gabrieli musicians and ambitious youth and school choirs, but with the further aim of collaborating with many younger singers at an earlier stage of choral development.

Workshop days will culminate in a public performance in a major UK cathedral, which will provide a wonderful and uplifting setting for this glorious music. Gabrieli forces will include at least a dozen singers and almost every conceivable type of late renaissance instrument:

  • Cornetts
  • Sackbuts
  • Strings
  • Dulcians
  • Rackets
  • Shawms
  • Trumpets
  • All manner of keyboard instruments

A primary aim is to celebrate partnership in music education – and to help create new long-term relationships between organisations, sharing expertise and building permanent local support networks. The project will be led by local ‘lead partners’, which will include schools and music hubs, especially those already engaged in partnership work, who will be crucial for the success of the project.

Become a lead partner

If you are a schools or music hub interested in helping to lead this project, we’d love to hear from you:

Anna Winstone
Roar Manager

Summer residential course

For the 14-18 age group, we’re running a 5-day residential course this summer. The course will focus on Mendelssohn’s glorious Elijah.

Performance: Tuesday 26 July, Ely Cathedral