Opening Gala Concert
Friday June 28th 2019 // Liberty Hall, Dublin
Apollo5 (London) & The Apex Singers (Manchester)
The British a cappella ensemble Apollo5 has been praised for its engaging and entertaining performances. With a repertoire ranging from retro jazz, pop and classical arrangements to Christmas a cappella, they are adept performers on the concert platform, at festivals, private parties and corporate events. The group’s performances in London have included St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Royal Albert Hall, the Troxy, Café de Paris, the Houses of Parliament, Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, The Crazy Coqs and Kings Place. Recent UK festivals include The City of London Festival, The London A Cappella Festival, the Petworth Festival and the Aldeburgh High Tide Festival. The five outstanding vocalists also perform internationally, most recently touring the USA before singing at the Festival La Folle Journée, France. Apollo5 has broadcast live on Resonance FM, BBC Radio 2 and Classic FM. The group has recently worked in partnership with The Sixteen, The National Gallery and St Martin-in-the-Fields, presenting an exciting new festival, ‘Sounds Sublime’.
Apollo5 released their debut studio album ‘With a Song in my Heart’ in 2015. They also feature on former King’s Singer Paul Phoenix’s EP ‘Journey’ released on the new Edition Peters Sounds label in 2015. The group’s recent Christmas EP is entitled ‘Let it Snow!’ and they will soon release a disc of previously unrecorded music by the composer Josquin des Prez. ‘With a Song in My Heart’, ‘Let it Snow!’ and the Josquin des Prez discs are on the VCM label. Apollo5 will start to publish its musical arrangements with Edition Peters this year.
The Apex Singers are a 8-part a cappella vocal ensemble, that focus on performing fresh arrangements written exclusively for the group. Based in Manchester, the ensemble aims to blend the age-old traditions of unaccompanied vocal music with the cutting edge of production technology; with performances including live mixing, sampling and electronic effects. Directing the group is composer and vocalist Ollie Lambert, whose work has been commissioned and performed by choirs all around the UK, including the BBC Singers, Canterbury Cathedral Choir and the Hallé Youth Choirs. The Apex Singers are commencing their new touring project, Hiraeth, that will explore folk traditions from across the world.
The Hiraeth Project will breathe new life into rarely heard folk songs from around the world, arranged by award-winning choral composer Ollie Lambert. This project brings cultures together in a series of performances, serving as a spring board to launch a brand new eight-part a cappella vocal group, ‘The Apex Singers’. Following the premiere of the project in Manchester, Hiraeth will be taken to venues in Canterbury, and Dublin, culminating in a performance at The International Irish A Cappella Festival in July 2019. The project will be accompanied by an acappella workshop. ‘Hiraeth’ – Welsh word meaning ‘nostalgia’. A deep longing for home.