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Jubilation Choir: Jubilation 2010


Sat 21 Aug 2010, 8:00pm

Where: Toto / Montecristo, 53 Nelson St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $28.60
  • Concessions: $23.50
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: Bored_Housewife

After the success of last year’s Four Corners tour, in conjunction with the release of their first album, Shout and Never Get Tired, the gospel supergroup Jubilation embark on a five date tour of the North Island, kicking off on August 21 in Auckland.

Shout and Never Get Tired, released last September, exceeded all expectations from the choir as it continues to sell through stores and at shows and garnering positive reviews akin to their live performances; indeed, Shout and Never Get Tired’s premise to capture the raw power of their live performances became one of it’s big drawing points for fans and casual listeners alike.

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’s also a boat builder and a postie.

However, as the group continues to evolve, the numbers grow also – with new members going through the probation period learning the new songs and eventually joining the group on the road to perform classics such as ‘People Get Ready’ and ‘Operator’ through the alt/country sound of ‘Bright Morning Star’ and ‘Wayfaring Stranger’ all the way to the glorious Kiwi gospel of Don McGlashan’s Silver Scroll winning ‘Bathe In The River’.

Jubilation 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 acapella 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

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