Friends of the Caird Hall Organ are inviting singers to join world famous composer, Paul Mealor, for a day of singing and socialising at Dundee’s Caird Hall on Saturday 17 September. Rehearsals will take place during the day and will culminate in an evening concert on the stage. There will be the opportunity to sing two great pieces of the choral repertoire, Gabriel Fauré’s much-loved Requiem and Handel’s majestic Zadok the Priest. There will also be the opportunity to join in one of the very first performances of Paul Mealor’s Jubilate Deo. This was first performed at the Carnegie Hall, New York in February 2016. There will be accompaniment on the Caird Hall Organ by Stuart Muir, Dundee City Organist.
The composer has been described as ‘the most important composer to have emerged in Welsh choral music since William Mathias’ by the New York Times. He was catapulted to international stardom in April 2011 when the largest audience in broadcasting history, some 2.5 billion people, heard his motet Ubi caritas was performed by the choirs of Westminster Abbey and Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal at the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey. It has since topped the Classical singles charts in the USA, UK, Australia, France and New Zealand. Mealor is the first President of ‘Ty Cerdd’ – Wales’s National Centre for music making and Vice-President of the Llangollen International Eisteddfod and the North Wales International Music Festival. He was appointed a Free Burgess of The City of Aberdeen in 2012 by The Lord Provost of Aberdeen, and is President and Patron of many Welsh and Scottish organisations.
He topped the Classical Charts for six weeks with bestselling album ‘A Tender Light’ featuring Tenebrae Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in November 2011. He also broke records by being the first classical composer to hold both the classical and pop chart number 1 at the same time. He secured the UK Christmas No 1 with his piece for The Military Wives Choir and Gareth Malone, Wherever You Are. It is the fastest selling single since Elton John’s Candle in the Wind. Also, in April of 2012 Mealor was voted the nation’s favourite living composer during the UK Classic FM Hall of Fame.
Lord Provost Bob Duncan, chair of Leisure and Culture Dundee said
“It is inspiring to see the Friends of the Caird Hall Organ continue to feature such high quality events in their programme. It is also fantastic for Dundee that Paul Mealor has agreed to lead the day. It is a rare opportunity for local singers to participate in a wonderful day and evening at the Caird Hall.”
Singers’ places cost £15 each (£13 for FOCHO members, £5 for students and schoolchildren) and the application form can be found at http://www.leisureandculturedundee.com/culture/caird-hall
Audience tickets will be available separately at the end of the June for £5 via www.dundeebox.co.uk or 01382 434940.