Project information

Gabrieli Roar 2017

Gabrieli Roar is an ambitious choral training scheme working in partnership with UK youth choirs. We enable young people to perform at the highest level, supporting these high-profile opportunities with a carefully devised training programme that underpins the scheme with in-depth learning.

October 2016 - July 2017

Charity information

Gabrieli Consort & Players

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  • Need


    Gabrieli Roar works on the principles that age, background or means should never be a barrier to experiencing core classical culture. Classical music should not be the preserve of the middle-aged middle classes; it must be made available to all.

    There is increasingly a lack of opportunity for ordinary young people to perform great choral music. Youth choirs across the country achieve wonderful things with limited resources; it is our aim to support and expand the scope of their work.


    We offer young people opportunites to sing great choral repertoire, participating in performances of a high-standard alongside professional musicians. These events are supported by in-depth, year-round training that gives young singers a broad understanding of vocal technique and choral repertoire and the confidence to participate fully in performances. Our aim is to build personal confidence, enhance enjoyment and increase opportunities enabling young people to engage with great art.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To give more young people the opportunity to perform major works of the classical repertoire.


    » An intensive residential course in July 2017 for around 250 young participants to prepare and rehearse Mendelssohn Lobgesang.
    » A performance of Mendelssohn Lobgesang as part of Cambridge Summer Music Festival at Ely Cathedral in July 2017 with a large-scale Gabrieli Players.
    » A professional standard studio recording of Mendelssohn Lobgesang with 250 young singers, at least 70 professional singers and Gabrieli Players.

    With a large-scale, high-quality performance at the end of the project. Press reviews, promoter and audience feedback will provide evidence of performance quality.

    Aim 2

    To increase participants’ confidence through a carefully devised training scheme.


    » A ‘Kickstart’ introduction session for all participants led by Roar Chorus Director, introducing repertoire, project aims, and new learning methods.
    » A series of training sessions throughout the year delivered by Gabrieli’s professional mentors, working individually with each choir.
    » Repertoire rehearsal days for each individual choir, scheduled across the year, led by Gabrieli Roar Chorus Director Greg Beardsell
    » Training days for each choir with Gabrieli Roar Chorus Director Greg Beardsell focusing on new repertoire learning ideas, vocal technique, etc.

    The success of the training will be evident in the quality of the performance and improved standards over the course of the project, assessed by individual choir directors.

    Aim 3

    To increase Gabrieli Roar’s reputation as an ambitious force for good in choral music education.


    » Increasing the number of young people with whom we work by building more partnerships with youth choirs from across the UK.
    » Through careful assessment of feedback from the partner choirs and promoters with whom we work, and the continual development of our training methods.

    Success will be demonstrated by our ability to attract more high-calibre youth choirs to the project in the future and to secure more long-term funding to support future projects.

  • Impact


    The long-term changes we want to see take place are:
    - More youth choirs programming core classical choral repertoire.
    - More professional organisations having the confidence to place education projects and young people at the heart of their professional performing activities;
    - Establishing a structure in which Gabrieli Roar works with and trains a network of partner youth choirs, who in turn offer further training and outreach to less experienced choirs in their region.


    Engaging with enough young people is key to our success. To do this we have expanded our network of partner choirs, increasing geographic and demographic reach.
    The calibre of the final performance is key. We will ensure high quality through a clear training plan and frequent progress assessments with choir directors and the Chorus Director.
    A high profile final public performance is crucial; we have secured this by working in partnership with Cambridge Summer Music Festival.


    Donors will receive regular updates about the project as training progresses and around the time of the residential course and performance. Major donors will be invited to the concert and receive a copy of the recording. A summary of participant feedback and press reviews will be provided to all.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £200,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,000 Training programme Training sessions and mentoring for a roster of 8 partner choirs
      £65,000 Residential course Accommodation, meals and pastoral care
      £10,000 Travel costs Transport to bring choirs to residential course
      £40,000 Professional fees Costs of large-scale professional choir and orchestra
      £50,000 Recording costs Fees for professional musicians, producer & engineer, CD production, distribution etc
      £20,000 Management Administrative and management costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Leverhulme Trust £15,000 Guaranteed
    Gabrieli Trustees £40,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Our young singers come from Berkshire, Bradford, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Nottinghamshire and London. We have choirs based in areas of lowest cultural engagement, some in the Indices of Multiple Deprivation’s worst 5-10%, choirs where over 40% of members speak English as a second language and some participants with statements of special needs.
    During the residential project in Cambridgeshire an outreach programme will work with less experienced local youth and school choirs.


    Core beneficiaries are members of partner youth choirs.
    Outreach work around the project will benefit more junior choirs in Cambridgeshire.
    Directors of the choir will benefit from a practice-sharing forum; conclusions drawn from this forum will be shared with directors of choirs attending outreach events.
    The families and extended communities of the choirs benefit by attending rehearsals and the performance. Gabrieli will fund the subsidy of ticket prices in order to encourage attendance.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Gabrieli is an internationally acclaimed choir and period instrument orchestra performing at the highest level. We have run education projects for over ten years and formally established the Gabrieli Young Singers Scheme in 2010 (now re-launched as Gabrieli Roar). Past projects with young singers include a BBC Prom with over 200 young musicians, award-winning recordings of Mendelssohn Elijah and Britten War Requiem and a recent residential course culminating in a concert at Southwark Cathedral.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Paul McCreesh

    Artistic Director. McCreesh is the driving force behind Gabrieli, believing that young people when pushed can reach the highest level of attainment.

    Greg Beardsell

    Gabrieli Roar Chorus Director. Greg is one of the country’s most highly respected youth choir trainers.

    Camilla King

    Administrative Director of the Gabrieli Roar programme, Camilla brings significant experience to all logistics and planning for the project.