Gabrieli Consort & Players breathes new life into Haydn’s Creation Performing Three Concerts with 1000 young singers from across the UK

Throughout Autumn 2021 and into 2022, the Gabrieli Consort & Players will present a series of concerts across the country performing alongside 1000 young singers from UK youth and school choirs in performances of Haydn’s The Creation.

The concerts will take place at York Minster (Saturday 6 November 2021) and Ely Cathedral (Saturday 13 November 2021), with a further performance taking place in Durham Cathedral in February 2022.

Entitled ‘RE-CREATION’, this project forms part of Gabrieli’s nation-wide advanced choral training programme – Gabrieli Roar – culminating in performances of Haydn’s The Creation in venues across the country and engaging with more than 1,000 singers from UK youth and school choirs. As with all Gabrieli Roar projects, Re-Creation’s young singers will stand side-by-side with Gabrieli’s world-class professional singers, accompanied by one of the finest ensembles of historically informed performance practice in Europe.

Led by Gabrieli Artistic Director Paul McCreesh, the young voices will join force with Gabrieli’s renowned orchestral musicians and voice leaders, together with internationally acclaimed soloists including Mary Bevan (soprano), Sarah Tynan (soprano), Thomas Walker (tenor), Andrew Staples (tenor), Ashley Riches (bass) and Matthew Brook (bass).

Re-Creation is an ambitious remodelling of Gabrieli’s established and successful Roar programme, aiming to reinvigorate youth choirs across the UK who have faced acute challenges during the pandemic. The project, which features an advanced training programme led by Gabrieli Artistic Director, Paul McCreesh, is supported by a series of ground-breaking partnerships with Music Education Hubs, regional Cathedrals, performing arts organisations, choral festivals and centring around local youth and school choirs.

Designed to navigate difficult and ever-changing restrictions around social distancing and gatherings, Re-Creation will lead the regeneration of youth choral singing, the start of Gabrieli Roar’s ambitious new 6-year strategic plan to expand to a nation-wide programme.

Gabrieli’s Artistic Director, Paul McCreesh, said: ‘We’re sure Re-Creation, our Gabrieli Roar project for Autumn 2021, will have significant impact. We’re designing a great ‘choral re-boot’ across the country for the many young singers who’ve been unable to sing very much during the pandemic. I can’t wait to hear the thrilling sound of massed young voices in Haydn’s wonderful masterpiece.’

Gabrieli’s General Manager, Madeleine Cowell, states: ‘Teenagers have arguably felt the impact of the pandemic more than most, with school interruptions, lengthy periods of lockdown and restrictions on social gatherings. As a result, the need for Gabrieli Roar and ‘live’ choral opportunities has never been greater: COVID-19 has presented a unique opportunity for Gabrieli to engage meaningfully with more young people through choral music. Now, more than ever, choral singing and in particular our ‘Re-Creation’ programme has the power to unite communities, driving our collective commitment to provide transformative and exceptional musical experiences for young singers.’

Re-Creation offers a hopeful step forward for young singers and musicians alike, shining a light on music as the guiding way forward in a period of inevitable recovery and regeneration.