Jubilate Deo! Wexford Festival Singers choral concert to feature Dan Forrest masterpiece, Sunday 21 October


Jubilate Deo! Wexford Festival Singers choral concert to feature Dan Forrest masterpiece, Sunday 21 October

Wexford Festival Singers will perform the renowned Jubilate Deo, by American composer Dan Forrest, for this year’s Wexford Festival Choral Concert, which takes place in Rowe Street Church, Wexford on Sunday 21 October at 3pm.  Conducted by choral director Dr Kevin O’Carroll, the concert will feature soloists Róisín O’Grady, soprano, and Gina Oberoi, mezzo soprano, with the Jubilate Orchestra Ensemble, led by Eimear Heeney, as well as members of Madrigallery Chamber Choir from Waterford, Wicklow Choral Society and County Wexford School of Music Singers.

Tickets €18.00 are available from www.wexfordartscentre.com 053 9123764 or from any Wexford Festival Singers member.

For further details, please see www.wexfordfestivalsingers.com or 087 9854375.

Wexford Festival Singers is a mixed voice choir whose repertoire ranges from major classical to contemporary works.  Established in 1975, choir members come from Wexford, Waterford, Carlow, Kilkenny, Wicklow and further afield, and include all ages, backgrounds, occupations and interests.  Their common bond is a love of music and a desire to share it with the community.  The choir performs a number of concerts each year, the highlight of which is the well known annual Wexford Festival Choral Concert.

Set in seven different languages – Latin, Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic, Zulu, Mandarin and English – and drawing from a wide spectrum of musical influences, Dan Forrest’s extraordinary Jubilate Deo brings to life the global aspect of the traditional Psalm 100 text “O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands”.  Stirring, exuberant, joyful, thoughtful, prayerful and soothing, this monumental work pulls all the emotional strings and wraps the singers and audience in a universal embrace.

Commenting on the choice of Jubilate Deo for this year’s festival concert, choral director and conductor Dr Kevin O’Carroll explains: “Dan Forrest’s Jubilate Deo draws on many different cultures and musical styles.  So many modern composers feel they have to break new ground harmonically, but with Jubilate Deo the harmonies are all conventional. It’s the rhythms that are given a modern twist and that’s what provides the excitement to which audiences all over the world are responding.  What I particularly like about it is that, not only does it give free rein to the effervescent rejoicing of believers, but it also acknowledges the introspection of those of a quieter persuasion.  Personally, I see it not so much as a statement of belief but a universal celebration of life in all its forms”.

Chairperson of Wexford Festival Singers Anna Skrine added “Jubilate Deo is a really thrilling, vibrant work with a great feeling of celebration to it.  Do come and enjoy it with us, celebrate Wexford Festival and hear our choir, which came into being from the Festival many years ago.  We look forward to performing this fantastic work, and do hope you will join us!”

Additional info:

Composer Dan Forrest
has been described as having “an undoubted gift for writing beautiful music… that is truly magical” (NY Concert Review) with works hailed as “magnificent, very cleverly constructed sound sculpture” (Classical Voice), and “superb writing… full of spine-tingling moments” (Salt Lake Tribune).  His music has sold millions of copies worldwide and his choral works have become well established in the repertoire of choirs internationally, winning numerous awards and distinctions.  Dan’s major works Requiem for the Living (2013) and Jubilate Deo (2016) have become standard choral/orchestral repertoire for ensembles around the world, while his newest major work, LUX: The Dawn From On High (2018), is now receiving similar critical acclaim.  Dan holds graduate degrees in composition and piano performance, and is active as a composer, educator, publisher, editor, and pianist.  www.danforrest.com

Dr Kevin O’Carroll is a choral conducting teacher and workshop leader.  He has provided workshops for choirs all over the island of Ireland, Scandinavia and the US.  Kevin is a conducting tutor at NUI Maynooth and University of Limerick, and is an examiner for the Royal Irish Academy of Music.  In addition to conducting chamber choir Madrigallery for over 20 years, Kevin also conducts Wexford Festival Singers and Notable Works, a large Waterford based choir.  As part of his work with choirs, he has conducted Dublin Symphony Orchestra, City of Dublin Chamber Orchestra, Musici Ireland and the Wexford Festival Orchestra.

Soprano Róisín O’Grady completed a BA in Music and Italian at UCC, a Postgraduate Diploma in concert singing at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow, and an MA in Performance at the Cork School of Music.  Specialising in the performance of early music, Róisín has performed with the Irish Consort, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Irish Baroque Orchestra and the Orchestra of St Cecilia.  As part of the early music duo tonos, she has performed at the National Concert Hall, the National Gallery of Ireland, Sligo Festival of Baroque Music, and has been broadcast on RTÉ Lyric FM.

Mezzo soprano Gina Oberoi studied singing at the DIT Conservatory of Music with Emmanuel Lawler, where she also completed her BA in Music in 2008. She completed postgraduate vocal studies with Dr Veronica Dunne at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and currently studies with Steve Wallace.   Gina’s singing has taken her to Italy, Holland, Japan, Germany, the UK and the Czech Republic where she performed Mahler’s 8th Symphony under Christoph Eschenbach.  A multi award winner at Feis Ceoil, Gina has also performed in several operas and concerts, including the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival in Lübeck.

Eimear Heeney began studying violin at the age of four.  A multiple prize-winner at the Dublin Feis Ceoil, Eimear was also a member of the National Youth Orchestra for 10 years and completed an MA in Violin Performance in 2007.  Currently teaching violin, Budding Bows and Concert Strings at WIT, Eimear is co-leader of the Waterford Concert Orchestra and has performed with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.  A soloist with The Three Tenors, Eimear has also accompanied a wide range of artists on stage and TV, including Katherine Jenkins, The Coronas and Josh Groban.

Further info: Maeve Butler, Wexford Festival Singers  maevebutler@gmail.com


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