Jenkins: Miserere: Songs of Mercy and Redemption
North American Premiere
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Artist's NameClaudia Chapa
Artist's NameJonathan Griffith
Artist's NameJonathan Griffith
Artist's NameHussein Janmohamed
Artist's NameSir Karl Jenkins, CBE
Artist's NameIestyn Davies
Artist's NameBaidar Al Basri
Artist's NameMikhail Veselov
Participating Group Directors
Wim Oosterhoff has a passion for the performing arts and has been involved in events organisation for over 25 years, as president of the Wellington Youth Orchestra, Nelson Civic Choir and Nelson Performing Arts competitions. A major achievement was staging the New Zealand Premiere of Sir Karl Jenkins’ Cantata Memoria. For the Children of Aberfan in Wellington in 2017 under the baton of Dr. Jonathan Griffith, involving the Wellington Youth Orchestra and choristers from New Zealand and Australia. Wim is looking forward to a continued relationship with DCINY.
Vox Kiwiana is an ad hoc choir assembled from singers who performed in the New Zealand premiere of Sir Karl Jenkins’ Cantata Memoria. For the Children of Aberfan in Wellington in October 2017. This concert was under the baton of Dr. Jonathan Griffith. The members are from New Zealand (Wellington, Blenheim and Nelson). Being such a geographically spread choir means that rehearsals are coordinated via electronic communication. Vox Kiwiana contributed in 2018 to the Ode to Joy concert with DCINY and some members are singing under Maestro Griffith for the fourth time.
Florian Kirchhofer started at the age of 18 with pipe organ lessons with Father Armin in the monastery Maria Stein. Florian has further developed his musical career with the choir director Education C (with Hansuredi von Arx, Olten) and also in 2016 with the study in B, with degree in St. Gallen. During the last years he also enjoyed singing lessons (2010 - 2011) Michael Pavlu, Basel / 2011 - 2012 with Regula Grundler, Lucerne / 2014 - 2016 with Terhi Lampi, St. Gallen). In 2017 he was musical director of the project "Requiem" by Sir Karl Jenkins.
Under the name «Voce Elysian» there is a Swiss-wide, politically, confessionally and economically independent association based in Solothurn. The association allows singers to participate in a certain "project period" in to bring in a singing project. The basic idea is that the audience is kidnapped for the duration of the concert in a "different world". In the world of music and light. Venturing together, trying out and discovering new and unknown things is the core message that was initiated and organized by the association "Voce Elysian".
Armin Jaeck has started playing the piano at the age of eight and continued with the pipe organ at the age of fifteen. He studied organ and church music at the "Hochschule für Musik" in Munich. Since 1989 he has been working as an organist and a conductor for choir and orchestra in the church of St. Emmeram in Munich.
The Emmeram Singers, founded in 1994 already have performed together with the classical Choir of St. Emmeram "Requiem", "Stabat mater", "The armed man" and "Stella natalis" by Karl Jenkins.
William Perrot, a graduate of Westminster Choir College, is the founding conductor of Kings Chorale. In addition, he is currently the Co-Artistic Director of Nova Voce, Nova Scotia's Provincial Men's Choir. Bill also continues to hone his singing skills by performing with the Halifax Camerata Singers. In 2008 he was awarded the Alumni Merit Award from Westminster Choir College.
Founded in 1982, Kings Chorale is a non-auditioned ensemble of 65 singers. The group performs a wide variety of music from thhe classical repertoire through the popular realm. Our two most recent seasons have included "Requiem for the Living" and "Jubilate" by Dan Forrest. Kings Chorale is pleased to be participating in our fourth DCINY event.
Volker Linz was born in 1966 in Bamberg. After graduation he studied in Würzburg and Mainz church music, musicology and music theory. Further studies and master classes with A. Roessler, M.C. Alain and D. Roth. From 1986 to 1993 he was organist at the Abbey of Haug, Würzburg, from 1992 to 1993 additionally lecturer in composition and organ improvisation at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. Since 1993 Volker Linz is a church musician at St. Blasius Ehingen and organ expert for the diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart. Concert activity as a conductor, as director of the choralschola St. Blasius, as well as organist in Germany, Italy and Hungary. Initiator and artistic director of the concerts of sacred music to St. Blasius Ehingen. In his compositions blend Gregorian chorales with elements of jazz. In April 2007 he was appointed church music director. From 2011 to 2013 trained as a bell expert.
The choir of the parish church of St. Blaise is the oldest and most traditional ensemble in the municipality of St. Blaise. For the celebration of the liturgy and for concerts, he works from the Renaissance to the moderate Modern, works for choir a capella and with instrumental or orchestral accompaniment. In the services, songs are played in alternation with the church, as well as, for example, 19th-century motets or an ordinarium with an organ. In past years and decades, sacred oratorios have been prepared and performed in clerical concerts: among others, the great mass compositions by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and Bruckner, the "Messiah" by Handel, "The Star of Bethlehem" by Rheinberger and the great requiem settings by Mozart, Fauré and Duruflé.