The Roar Programme

The Roar programme Gabrieli Roar is designed principally for secondary school aged students. We work with a huge variety of choirs, particularly state school choirs, church and cathedral choirs, community choirs and many youth choirs as well as music hubs and academy trusts. The programme is structured as follows:

ROAR EXPLORE: this is a starting point for schools with limited choral provision, especially those within areas of low cultural engagement. We provide singing workshop sessions for basic training in unison and part-singing, delivered by our Roar chorus directors. It is an opportunity for teenagers to find their voices, to introduce different techniques, to explore a wide repertoire of songs, and to enjoy being part of a massed choir. No advanced preparation is necessary for these singing days: the aim is to build confidence and instil a love of singing. On occasions we work with primary schools, especially those feeding secondary schools in the project.

ROAR EVOLVE: we run a biennial Christmas project, touring many of the country’s finest cathedrals, connecting thousands of young singers across the UK. Participation at every level is encouraged, from massed voices singing simpler music, to the more experienced singing alongside our professional Gabrieli musicians. We also offer smaller-scale, bespoke programmes for individual choirs, based around simpler choral/ensemble works, and enabling young singers to take part in professional performances, often within their own community. We provide digital resources to support the learning of the repertoire, and our artistic team work in partnership with music teachers and choir directors in delivering preparation during the choirs’ own rehearsal time.

ROAR EMPOWER: open to all secondary-age choirs and individual singers, our annual summer residential courses offer up to 250 students the chance to work with greater focus. They are built around one of the large scale works of the choral repertoire, performed at the end of the course. Previous works have included Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius and Britten’s War Requiem. Paul McCreesh, Artistic Director and Charles MacDougall and Emily Dickens, Creative Directors, lead rehearsals throughout the week. Our top level team of vocal coaches also work with the young singers in sectional rehearsals, musicianship workshops, small group singing, individual coaching and advanced vocal performance masterclasses. The courses are a mixture of intense hard work and lively social activities, supported by an excellent pastoral team.

ROAR NEW LEADERS: for this strand of activity we work with sixth-form students and older students at college and university. Our Roar New Leaders join us on our residential course, where they form a chamber choir and act as ambassadors for Roar, supporting the younger singers. We also provide training and mentoring throughout our projects for those interested in developing skills as future workshop leaders and teachers, and invite selected young singers to participate in Gabrieli’s acclaimed professional performances and recordings.

We build bespoke relationships with all our partner choirs, and often work over several years to support their development. We engage with choirs even in their early stages of activity, provided there is the ambition and aspiration to work at the highest level. Partnership and collaboration are not just ‘buzz words’ for Roar but at the heart of our projects. We have a clear mission and are shamelessly ambitious. We will become the UK’s leading choral training programme for school and youth choirs. We would be delighted to hear from those wishing to connect their young singers to Gabrieli Roar, and anyone who would like to support our work. If this is the case, please contact Anna or Freya.