400 young local singers to perform alongside world-renowned professional musicians in Canterbury Cathedral this Christmas
Eleven local school and youth choirs will appear alongside the world-renowned Gabrieli Consort & Players in the magnificent surroundings of Canterbury Cathedral on Wednesday 30th November for a spectacular Christmas concert called ‘In Dulci Jubilo’.
The concert is part of Gabrieli Roar, a challenging training programme which invites young singers to perform alongside the Gabrieli Consort and Players, one of the UK’s leading period music ensembles.
The programme is a collaboration between Gabrieli and a range of diverse English school and youth choirs, which helps young people from many backgrounds to develop a love of choral music, breaking down barriers and fostering the next generation of classical music lovers, concert-goers and musicians.
‘In Dulci Jubilo’ is Gabrieli Roar’s most ambitious project to date, involving over 85 school and youth choirs and over 3000 young singers aged 9-18 from all around the UK. Concerts will take place in Westminster, Portsmouth, Peterborough, Ely, Canterbury and Coventry Cathedrals as well as York and Hull Minsters, from November to January. Some concerts will feature up to 1000 performers.
The concerts will be based around the music of Michael Praetorius, who created some of the most spectacular Christmas music ever written. They will feature a huge ensemble of late renaissance and early baroque instruments placed all around these magnificent buildings.
Lewis Delivett, Director of Music at Griffin Schools Trust said “We are passionate about singing and providing our students with meaningful, high-quality musical experiences. Through the unique work of Gabrieli Roar, we can achieve this and much more.
“The impact of their exceptional work will be felt across all of our 12 schools with over 400 children singing at Canterbury, Ely and Coventry Cathedrals in the upcoming concerts. We share the vision of Gabrieli Roar and look forward to developing this exciting partnership.”
The local choirs involved in the concert at Canterbury Cathedral are Canterbury Cathedral Choristers, Kent College Senior Choir, West Kent Youth Voices, Kent College Choristers, Wickhambreaux Primary School Dragons Ensemble, St Georges CofE School, Broadstairs Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School Choir & Chamber Choir, Ramsgate Holy Trinity School, Griffin Children’s Chorus: Kingfisher Primary School, Saxon Way and Lordswood.
Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Roar Founder and Artistic Director said “We are passionate about extending musical opportunities to young people, particularly from areas where access to classical music is limited.
Our young singers talk excitedly about the joy of taking part in Roar and the performances are absolutely thrilling to witness, as young people experience the joy of performing great music, often for the first time, alongside some of the country’s finest professional musicians.”