Jubilation Choir presents


After the success of last year’s Four Corners tour and in the wake of capacity performances at the Tauranga Jazz Festival and Ponsonby’s Unitarian Church the gospel supergroup Jubilation continue their 2010 season with a show at the Montecristo room on August 21 in Auckland . They then head South to the Canterbury International Festival in Timaru with later shows planned for Waiheke and the Concert Chamber. New Plymouth’s Festival of the Lights in January will take them down country yet again!

The Four Corners Tour celebrated the release of their first CD Shout and Never Get Tired, last September . The success of the CD has exceeded all expectations from the choir as it continues to sell through stores, online through their website and at shows.

Sam Airey in NZ Musician said of the recording.. “The result can only be described as stunning. For me the album quickly lived up to it’s name and I found myself going back again and again for more…my message would be for nothing if you were to miss the Jubilation experience “

Pulling together 33 singers from all walks of life, Jubilation features a handful of New Zealand’s most outstanding and celebrated vocalists. Rick Bryant, founding member of Mammal, the Jive Bombers, The Neighbours and the Windy City Strugglers, is an R & B legend on the local scene. Jackie Clarke of When The Cat’s Been Spayed, the Ladykillers and The Darlings, Callie Blood of the Darlings and Jean McAllister of David Lange’s favourite band The Drongoes also bring their fabulous voices to the party. Other well-known names in the choir are luminaries of stage and screen Jennifer Ward-Lealand and Amanda Billing and writer/director Fiona Samuel, but most of Jubilation’s singers moonlight as builders, political analysts, electricians, teachers, nurses, …there are also musicians, actors, a boat builder , a voice-over artist and a postie. In other words a diverse group of people drawn together by their love of singing!

Audiences can expect Jubilation to perform originals like Rick Bryant’s ‘Learn To Forgive’ and Jean McAllister’s ‘First To Come Home’ mix it with Tom Waits, Isaac Hayes and Don McGlashan classics – the songs hail from the 1840s right through to the 21st century. What they have in common is soul, and they come alive with the Jubilation a cappella treatment – no instruments, just the naked human voice.

“….what makes this secular choir singing religious music to a secular congregation-seemingly mild mannered folk - affect their audience to the point where by the end they jump to their feet, yelling, stomping and hooting for more?....Quite apart from the obvious enjoyment and entertainment factor - Jubilation are brilliant- I think the answer lies in the fact that the sound is very tangible, creating a shared, enriching experience…But does Jubilation have soul? Hell yes!” - Kate Ward-Smythe, Theatreview “Spanning the sacred and the profane, roots music and modern style, unshackled individual expression and artist-community-in-action, the spirit of Jubilation signifies the ‘Intersection of Everything’.This collection of shouters, teachers and preachers of good news stay true to the original Afro-American gospel tradition.

With voices raised to testify, celebrate, console and sound of warning, this spirited collection of songs will move you and shake you. The Glory Train is picking up passengers from coast to coast. Get on board for a heavenly ride!”
Liam Ryan
Artistic Director- Nat. Jazz Festival

“An apt fit for Good Friday, Auckland’s Jubilation Gospel choir proved a popular start to a weekend of jazz in Tauranga last night.

The powerful and eclectic voices ….filled the Holy Trinity Church with almost every member showcasing their voice with a solo, making for a show with plenty of variety and a range of vocal talents.

The collection of ages, characters and personalities on stage added to the performance with every member looking like they were having a ball on stage.”
Michele McPherson – BOP times

Jubilation plays:

Auckland: August 21st, Monte Cristo Room, 53 Nelson Street, CBD8pm (doors open 7.30pm)

Timaru: September 26th as part of the South Canterbury International Arts Festival@ Mountainview High School

Waiheke: November 13th @ Artworks Theatre
( details TBC)

Auckland: November 20th @ Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber, Queen Street, CBD

New Plymouth “Festival of Lights “January 23rd 2011

Tickets for Auckland only
$25 (concession $20) plus booking fees
Phone 09 887 1004

For media inquires contact
Michelle Lafferty at Elephant Publicity / +64 9 368 4180