On November 13 & 14, three of Notre Dame’s students took part in a two-day performance project with the internationally famous Gabrieli Consort and Players.
As their website states, “Gabrieli are a choir and period instrument orchestra founded and led by Artistic Director Paul McCreesh. We perform and record great choral, vocal and instrumental repertoire from the renaissance to the present day for the widest possible audience, cultivating an international reputation for excellence, innovation and ambition.
Our mission is to educate the public, in every sense – to be standard bearers for the highest quality of performance, to explain, illustrate and illuminate the guiding principles behind our performance ideals and to offer first-class performance opportunities to young people through our bold and ambitious education programme, Gabrieli Roar.”
As part of Gabrieli Roar, our students, all members of Leeds Cathedral Choir, joined a group of the most experienced singers from the Diocese’s Schools Singing Programme, young singers from other choirs, and professionals from Gabrieli for two intense days of workshops and rehearsals. The weekend ended with an incredible performance of Haydn’s masterpiece Creation in York Minster, with an orchestra and a stellar line-up of solo singers.
Participation in the project was subsidised by the Leeds Diocese. Paul McCreesh, Artistic Director of the Gabrieli Consort, said, “It was a great joy to welcome back the Diocese of Leeds Singing Programme to Gabrieli Roar. All the youngsters made unbelievable progress over the weekend and the final performance was full of amazing energy and life. I can't wait to meet the young singers again on a new project!”
The Notre Dame students who took part were Kirsten Zoleta, Leah Melvin-Dzerins and Judith Tetteyfio. We are proud of their hard work and confidence.