Brian Kay introduces the composer at the rehearsals for Karl Jenkins' new Gloria

Brian Kay introduces the composer at the rehearsals for Karl Jenkins' new Gloria

Sunday 11 July 2010

Singday® 2010: Fauré & Jenkins

Royal Albert Hall

Fauré: Requiem
Jenkins: Gloria (world première performance)

There was huge anticipation in the build-up to this—the world premiere of Karl Jenkins’ Gloria, commissioned by The Really Big Chorus. The day itself did not disappoint. Sterling work had been done in the weeks leading up to the concert, not only by Jeremy Jackman and the 500 or so singers who attended his workshop in June, but also by individuals and choirs who had worked hard at home to learn the score. A ‘live’ on-the-day recording added to the excitement and provided a memento of a notable milestone in the history of TRBC. Fauré’s well-loved Requiem was the first work in the programme which also included an on-stage interview with Karl Jenkins.

Standing in at 24 hours’ notice for an indisposed Gary Griffiths was baritone Samuel Evans, while our soprano soloist for ‘Pie Jesu’ in Fauré’s Requiem was Susanna Hurrell. The four spoken texts in the Gloria were read by Ushma Williams, Ken Ishikawa, Sharon Zhu and Shafiq Abouzayd. The orchestra was the English Festival Orchestra, led by Adrian Levine, and the conductor was Brian Kay.

We had a new charity partner for this concert, St John Ambulance, who raised over £12,000 from programmes, advertising and sponsorship.

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