The Jubilate Choir was founded in 2010 by then 16-year-old Killian Farrell, who brought a group of singers together to rehearse and perform Bach’s St. John Passion for the celebration of the Jubilee of the parish of St. Pius X, Templeogue.
Since then, the choir has grown to a membership of over 60 choristers, with a huge range of experience levels on display; members range from being music professionals to novice singers with no previous choral experience.
The choir has earned a particular reputation for its performances of the works of J. S. Bach, having performed the St. Matthew Passion in March 2013 and the Christmas Oratorio (all six parts) in December 2014. Jubilate will complete their cycle of the major Bach choral works in June 2016, with a performance of the monumental B minor Mass.
Joseph Haydn’s music forms another of the choir’s major focuses; after a hugely successful performance of The Creation in December 2013 its companion work, the Seasons, in May 2015.
In March 2016, the choir performed Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem as well as Schicksalslied, and Nanie. Nanie is a beautiful funeral song, composed in memory of a close friend of Brahms, and is rarely performed, due to its difficulty.
The choir has enjoyed strong relationships with the Orchestra of St. Cecilia and several soloists of international repute, particularly tenor John Elwes, who has appeared with the choir on three occasions. Furthering its reputation for fearless programming and musical commitment, Jubilate’s next performance is Bach’s B minor Mass.
John Elwes, the internationally renowned tenor, writes:
I have participated in three major choral works of J.S.Bach with the choir JUBILATE; the Passions of St John, St Matthew and the Christmas Oratorio, which I have performed and recorded all over the world.
These works require a great of dedicated rehearsal time. On each occasion I have found JUBILATE choir to be an excellent ensemble giving great attention to phrasing, articulation and diction. These are vital elements to be nurtured in any form of singing.
The choir follow their enthusiastic, young, exigent conductor Killian Farrell with great eagerness and the final results are there to be heard clearly and are much applauded by all. JUBILATE is without doubt one of Ireland’s most exciting young choirs and indeed merits the greatest possible support.