This exciting project brings together adult singing groups and children from all round the county to work towards a final performance in Hereford Cathedral, as part of the prestigious Three Choirs Festival.
In 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2012 over 250 people took part and sang three inspirational concerts to huge and appreciative audiences. This is a unique opportunity for amateur singers young and old to come together, share their passion for singing with like-minded people, and play their part in the most important event in Hereford’s musical calendar.
Click to view a review of Gathering Wave 2012
Plans for the 2015 Gathering Wave are under way and will see the return of Njabulo Madlala an African baritone, winner of the Kathleen Ferrier prize, and a rising star on the opera and concert scene.
There will also be the world premiere of a new work by Pete Churchill, a professor of composition at the Royal Academy of Music.
The programme will include songs from around the world, both new and well-known.
Singers who have taken part before endorse what an inspiration the project can be.
“I had a great time – it was so good to sing with lots of different people of all ages from all over the county. Everyone was so enthusiastic. It was a unique experience.”
“What a lovely experience to sing with so many people in such a wonderful space.”
“It was a really memorable experience to work with so many top-class musicians and to all be together just to enjoy the singing. Everyone loved it.”
..and as one boy from a local primary school said as he came off the stage “I can’t believe I just did that!”
As always, a big part of the enjoyment is in the learning of the songs, and the sharing of skills and fun at the series of day workshops that take place during the year before the concert.
So far, the following Herefordshire groups have signed up to participate in Gathering Wave 2015...
Ledbury Community Choir
Ledbury Choral Society
Golden Valley Singers
The Dolau Mixtures
Rose Garden Choir
The Singing Tree
The Fire Choir
The Garrick Singers
St Martin's Primary School, Hereford
Lugwardine Primary School
Garway Primary School
St Mary's RC High School, Hereford
The most recent Gathering Wave in 2012 invovled...
Hilary Smallwood - conductor
Jon Watson - conductor, piano
Bernard Hughes - composer, conductor
Njabulo Madlala - baritone
Rhiannon Davies - piano
Caitriona Turnbull - soprano
Peter Dyke - organ
Dennis Schiavon - bass guitar
Very Rev'd Michael Tavinor, Dean of Hereford - compere
...and the voices of Herefordshire people, including....
The Fire Choir, The Singing Tree, Village Voices, Golden Valley Singers,
Mansel Singers, Rose Garden Choir, Ledbury Community Choir, Ledbury Choral Society,
The Dolau Mixtures, Ross-on-Wye U3A Group, St Martin's Primary School,
Lugwardine Primary School, Garway Primary School, Bishop of Hereford's Bluecoat School.
Pete Churchill's website
Njabulo Madlala's website
Three Choirs Festival's website