Jubilation - November 3, at the Town Hall Concert Chamber

Facing a sea of black covered cabaret tables and a jam packed house the Jubilation gospel choir made a triumphant return to the Town Hall Concert Chamber. The stage was decorated with huge fronds of delightful scale and lit to a gorgeous wash of hot and vibrant colour. This was Jubilation bright and bold playing to a full house of the faithful in what we hope becomes an Auckland institution. stage

This group which is a mixture of seasoned industry professionals and a sub-cast of relatively unknown voices who faced one of those challenging nights where things did not all go according to plan. First off Rick Bryant's mic seemed to have developed a problem since the sound check, which deftly he swapped for another microphone and just carried on. We expect someone who has been on the stage for about 40 years to understand that the show goes on, but the entire choir were not phased either. It did however affect the pacing of the first three songs, but soon forgotten as Jean McAllister delivered with Learn to Forgive her voice capturing the deep gospel values in Rick Bryant's original song. A small group with Lorraine Havel and Sally Dodds received a rousing response from the audience in the second half with Travellin' Shoes after a series of covers including Thomas A. Dorsey and Curtis Mayfield. Jubilating

The finalé included Hell Bound Train and that showed how just full of talent and extreme entertainment value delivered despite technical glitches to an ecstatic audience. Uplifting? Definitely! Jubilating? Oh Yes.

Rehearsal shots