Jubilation is a unique beast, an a cappella gospel choir with a rock & roll heart.
Born in Auckland in the year 2000, Jubilation is a virtual gospel supergroup including R & B legend Rick Bryant, entertainer extraordinaire Jackie Clarke and theatre supernova Jennifer Ward-Lealand.
Bound not by common belief but purely by the love of singing this diverse ensemble includes professional musicians, teachers, actors, a yacht maker, a master builder and a lecturer in Russian.
Their eclectic repertoire of gospel, soul and blues draws from the songbooks of such luminaries as Nina Simone, Tom Waits, Curtis Mayfield, Blind Willy Johnson and the Staples Singers and ranges from the 1800’s to the present day.
They’ve sung at the openings of the Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland’s Q Theatre with Dave Dobbyn and the Wynyard Quarter (as a flash-mob choir to startled passengers on the vintage trams).
Audiences have ranged from 60 at Arrowtown’s tiny Old Cheese Factory to 10,000 on WOMAD’s main stage.
At the Civic’s “Bare” fundraiser for Christchurch they magically recreated their stunning backing vocals on Don McGlashan’s epic ‘Bathe In The River’ with Hollie Smith.
Festival performances have included Nelson’s Opera in the Park, the Wellington ,Tauranga and Waiheke Jazz Festivals, Christchurch Arts Festival, New Plymouth’s Festival of Lights and Wanaka’s Festival of Colour.
Earlier this year the choir put on three very successful shows as part of the Auckland Fringe; returning once more to the Leigh Sawmill, and performing for the first time at the Pumphouse and TAPAC.
They are delighted to be returning to TAPAC on Sunday 29 October at 6.30pm…join us for a soulful, heartfelt and roof-raising evening.
WHEN: 6.30pm Sunday 29th October