50th Celebration Concert

As part of the Choir’s 50th year celebrations, the Gold Coast City Choir accompanied by  the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra presented the Queensland premiere of Symphonic Adiemus by the noted Welsh composer Sir Karl Jenkins. The concert was held on Saturday 14th September 2019 at the Gold Coast’s HOTA, Home of the Arts, to an audience of 576, the largest ever in the history of the Choir.

The world premiere of this contemporary choral and orchestral masterpiece was performed in London in September 2017, while the Australian premiere took place in Melbourne in November 2018.  January 2019 year saw the US premiere in Carnegie Hall in New York, and the Gold Coast City Choir was excited to be bringing this energetic and inspiring work to the Gold Coast.

Karl Jenkins is one of the most successful, prolific and performed composers in the world today, with over 250 performances per year of his work in more than twenty countries. He has consistently been the highest placed living composer in Classic FM’s Hall of Fame, and has received the prestigious Sir Charles Groves award for his contribution to music.

Jenkins was classically trained, and for the bulk of his early career in the 1970s and 1980s, he was well known as a jazz and jazz-rock musician, and also for his music for advertising.  As a composer, his breakthrough came in 1995, with his crossover Adiemus project, a series of new age music albums for female voices and small string ensemble.   This was the beginning of an extensive programme of choral writing for which he is well known.  Works include The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace (1999), Requiem (2005), Stabat Mater (2008) and many others.

The Adiemus series proved most popular, and after overwhelming demand from choirs around the world he added male voices and expanded the orchestra, resulting in the full, rich sound of Symphonic Adiemus.