Invictus: The Music of Howard Goodall

Invictus: The Music of Howard Goodall
Sunday, Jun 7, 2020
8:30 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Howard Goodall, Composer/Conductor
Goodall: Invictus: A Passion (NY Premiere)

Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International

Jean-Sébastien Vallée, Guest Conductor
Goodall: Eternal Light
Howard Goodall, DCINY Composer-in-Residence
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Contact us about this concert and future performance opportunities.

Participating Ensembles:

Cefn Hengoed Ladies Choir Wales
Tokyo Embassy Choir
Bray Choral Society, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Wicklow Choral Society, Co Wicklow, Ireland
Rideau Chorale
Cranbourne Chorale
Billericay Choral Society
La La La - la chorale francaise de Melbourne
Årsta kammarkör
Con Spirito & Järva Röster
Livonia Vocal Ensemble

Cefn Hengoed Ladies Choir Wales

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Rhiannon Pittwood

Rhiannon Pittwood BSc Hons VCM -Musical Director Rhiannon was appointed musical director in early 2019. She graduated from the university of South Wales with a BSc with honours in music technology and studied singing and conducting under Dr David Childs. She was awarded the Gold Medal in vocal performance from the Victoria College of Music after passing with distinction with the highest mark ever to be awarded to a pupil at that level. Her many talents include playing double bass, piano and guitar. Her love of music is infectious and endears her very much to the choristers.


Cefn Hengoed Ladies Choir was formed in 1948 and has provided musical entertainment for all of its 71 year history. The choirs numbers about 40 members and has travelled extensively in order to bring music to its audiences. We have visited Spain Bratislava and were privileged to have sung in St Stephens Cathedral in Vienna. It was also an honour to be invited to sing at the Speakers chambers in The Houses of Parliament in London. Our main aim is to support local charities. The choir feels very honoured to be asked to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Tokyo Embassy Choir

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Steven G. Morgan

A graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, Dr. Morgan holds music degrees from the University of Illinois and Eastern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in Second Language Education from the Union Institute & University. Before coming to Japan in 1995, he conducted university, church, and community choirs in Illinois, Minnesota, and British Columbia. In 2006, TEC (then the British Embassy Choir) performed the Japan premiere of Howard Goodall’s world music collage, "We Are the Burning Fire". In addition to his interest in conducting, Dr. Morgan is also an avid composer and arranger of music for chorus and orchestra.


Formed as the Ichibancho Singers in the late 1980s by Sir Stephen Gomersall (British Ambassador to Japan 1999-2004), the choir was taken on by Sir John Boyd (British Ambassador to Japan, 1992-1996) when it became known as the British Embassy Choir. Eventually changing its name to the Tokyo Embassy Choir, the choir has become one of the most successful international choirs in Tokyo under the baton of Principal Conductor Steven Morgan since 1998. The choir has put on a great variety of concerts – everything from Bach to Broadway – and has raised money for many different charities along the way.

Bray Choral Society, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

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Frank Kelly

Frank Kelly comes from Dublin, Ireland and studied Music, Piano and Organ at Trinity College Dublin and at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. From 1983 to 1985 he studied Piano in France on a French Government Scholarship. He also studied Singing with Veronica Dunne at the Dublin College of Music.

Frank has been a music educator in school and a voice-coach and choral trainer for forty years in a variety of settings. As a conductor Frank has long experience particularly in choral music with a wide variety of works from early music to contemporary composers. He is

an enthusiastic advocate of Community Music.


Bray Choral Society was founded 35 years ago in Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland. It is a Community Choir which draws its membership of around 95 singers from South Dublin and County Wicklow.

The repertoire of the choir covers all the eras of western music from the Baroque to the Contemporary. It encompasses many of the great works of the choral repertoire, from masses, requiems and oratorios, through opera choruses, to smaller chamber works. Its 20th Century and Contemporary repertoire includes works by Carl Orff, John Rutter, Karl Jenkins, Brian Irvine and Neil Martin, Ola Gjeilo, Morten Lauridsen, Richard Blackford, Dan Forrest and Howard Goodall. The choir has travelled within Ireland and abroad to Austria, Germany, Belgium, and Poland.

Wicklow Choral Society, Co Wicklow, Ireland

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Frank Kelly

Frank Kelly is a leading figure in choral music in Ireland. He is Musical Director of Wicklow Choral Society, Bray Choral Society and Newtown Male Voice Choir. He was organist and choir master at the Church of Our Lady of Victories in Sallynoggin for over twenty years, during which time he also taught music at St Killian’s School in Bray. He is an accomplished singer and pianist who performs regularly with his family group Classic Harmony


Wicklow Choral Society has been in existence since started by Mirette Dowling in 1963. The SATB oratorio choir is a community choir consisting of approx 60 members. The choir is self funding and produces two concerts a year, A Carols by Candlelight and an annual Summer Concert, Some of the previous works performed by the choir are; Haydn - Stabat Mater, Vivaldi - Gloria, Orff - Burana, Gjeilo - Sunrise Mass, Forrest - Jubilate Deo, Mozart - Requiem and Goodall - Eternal Light and Invictus. 2020 Concert is Forrests Requiem for the Living and Rutters Magnificat

Rideau Chorale

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Roland Graham

A musician with an array of artistic talents, Roland Graham is an accomplished pianist, conductor, composer and impresario. He is the Director of Music at Southminster United Church, as well as the founder and Artistic Director of both the Doors Open for Music at Southminster and Concerts by the Canal series, as well as the Master Piano Recital Series. Roland has conducted the Rideau Chorale since its formation in 2015. He began his choral training as a boy chorister at St. Pauls' Cathedral in London, Ontario, and subsequently enjoyed formative experiences with the St. Matthew's Choir of Men and Boys, the Ontario Youth Choir, the Anglican Chorale of Ottawa, and various other ensembles in the National Capital Region. Roland holds a bachelor's degree in music from the University of Ottawa where he studied piano performance with Jean Desmarais, and a master's degree from the Université de Montréal where he studied piano interpretation with Jimmy Bière and Marc Durand.


Rideau Chorale was founded in 2015. The vision of the choir, in addition to promoting and presenting beautiful pieces of music to the community, is to provide mentorship and opportunities for choristers to develop their musical talents such as sight-reading and vocal performance, from beginner to advanced levels. The choir attracts men and women of all ages with a variety of musical backgrounds. We present our concerts at Southminster as well as other venues. Once known as the Ottawa Folklore Centre 'Tuesday' choir, Rideau Chorale has performed Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Fauré's Requiem, Handel's Four Coronation Anthems and Vivaldi's Gloria, among other amazing works.

Cranbourne Chorale

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Lucas de Jong

Lucas de Jong ACMM, Grad.Dip.Mus., MMus (PT) baritone and conductor Born in Melbourne, Lucas studied at the Melba Conservatorium, Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne University. He completed his operatic training at the National Opera Studio, London, in 1994. Lucas has performed in over 36 operas with opera companies worldwide, including 5 years with Opera Australia. In 2007 he was appointed the Music Director of the Melbourne Welsh Male Choir and he later went on to conduct the Melbourne Male Choir and Singularity Choir. Lucas is currently Music Director of Cranbourne Chorale and Savoy Opera Company in Melbourne.


Cranbourne Chorale is a mixed voice community choir of 70 members. It was formed in 1991. We are very active in our local community, the City of Casey, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Our style incorporates classical, popular, gospel, international and folk music. We sing at local events such as Citizenship Ceremonies and Christmas celebrations, join in local theatre group productions, and collaborate with other choirs to perform major works. In 2019 we performed Carmina Burana with Casey Philharmonic Orchestra and another choir, as well as our two major concerts and other local community commitments. We enjoy fun, friendship and great music together.

Billericay Choral Society

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Jamie Wright

Jamie studied music at the University of York and undertook the vocal performance Masters at the Royal Academy of Music. A singer, arranger and conductor, Jamie has worked in television, performed at the BBC proms, and was the soloist in All the Angel’s at Shakespeare’s Globe. Jamie also works closely with the National and London Youth Choirs, and Welsh National Opera as a conductor and workshop leader, as well as being a chorister of the Chapel Royal, Tower of London. In February 2020 Jamie joined the grammy award winning a cappella group The Swingles as baritone and vocal percussionist. @jamiewdwright


Billericay Choral Society has been a feature of Billericay in Essex for almost 50 years. We have over 40 members and perform a wide range of music, including popular song arrangements and larger choral works. We give 3 or 4 concerts each year, some jointly with other choirs, and enjoy a high reputation for our performances.

La La La - la chorale francaise de Melbourne

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Paola Bastreri-Grey

Paola Bastreri-Grey, Musical Director of La La La since July 2004, originally trained as a clarinettist, gaining her B.Mus. and Dip.Ed. from the University of Melbourne. Paola has broad musical experience including orchestral and band conducting, chamber music, orchestral performance and instrumental and classroom teaching. Paola has successfully completed a Dip.Mus. at the Melba Conservatorium of Music and gained her A.Mus.A. in singing from the A.M.E.B. Alongside La La La, she continues to teach clarinet, conducting and singing; directs the a cappella vocal group Colla Voce; and sings Principal Mezzo-Soprano in the choir of St John’s Anglican Church, Toorak.


French language choir La La La was founded in 1998 in Melbourne by a Frenchwoman who wanted to share her native folk songs with the people of her adopted country. This mainly a cappella choir now performs many styles and genres of music from across the French-speaking world, from Fauré and Debussy to drinking songs, from the 14th century to the 21st. The choir has performed for many French organisations including the Alliance française and the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and performed at many local landmarks such as the State Library and the National Gallery of Victoria.

Årsta kammarkör

Lars-Gunnar Sommarbäck graduated from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm in 1979


Årsta kammarkör (The Årsta Chamber Choir) is a mixed choir performing traditional music from well-known as well as not so well-known composers. The choir belongs to the Enskede-Årsta parish in Stockholm, where it takes part in the life of the Årsta church. The choir regularly gives concerts, usually in the Årsta church, but also during tours in Sweden and Europe.

Con Spirito & Järva Röster

Tina Bergholm is Con Sprito's conductor since 2003. She took her Master of Fine Arts at Örebro University where she studied singing, conducting and piano. She has also studied opera at Operstudio-67 in Stockholm. Apart from conducting Tina is teaching singers as well as performing at concerts. She was both conducting and performing as a soprano soloist in Con Spirito’s performances of Goodall’s music. Sara Wänn was born in 1969 in Falun, Sweden. Sara has a teacher’s education in piano, violin, song and choir at Örebro University. She is also educated in church music, organist at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Sara was a member for several years of the Eric Ericsson’s Chamber Choir.


Con Spirito and Järva Röster. Con Spirito did the first performance in Sweden of “Eternal light” in 2010 and in 2011 both choirs performed it together. Con Spirito were also the first in Sweden to perform “Every purpose under the heaven” by Goodall. Andreaskyrkan is the home of Con Spirito and the church has had a choir since it was built in 1877. Järva Röster has been on tour in USA twice, performing “Freedom for the Prisoners” and Words of Realness”. Lyrics written by Spoon Jackson, a prisoner sentenced to life in California and music composed by Stefan Säfsten, the former conductor of Järva Röster.

Livonia Vocal Ensemble

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Sarah Whittel

Mrs. Sarah Whittel is in her 16th year as Choral Director and Music Theory teacher at Livonia Middle/HIgh School in Livonia, NY. She earned her Bachelor's in Music Education and Master's in Piano Performance from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Mrs. Whittel is proud to be the Music Director for the school's Musical Theater Program, frequently recognized regionally by the Stars of Tomorrow Program for Outstanding Musical Production and other award recognitions. In 2018, Mrs. Whittel was the recipient of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's Outstanding Choral Music Educator award for the Greater Rochester region.


The Livonia High School Vocal Ensemble (Livonia Live) is the select vocal group at Livonia High School in Livonia, NY (south of Rochester, NY) This group is made up of accomplished high school musicians who are regular attendees at both Area and Conference All States for NYSSMA. In past years, the ensemble has performed in NYC, the Old North Church in Boston, and has sung the National Anthem at a Baltimore Orioles game. The students in this group are not only outstanding musicians, but are outstanding athletes and students as well-- nearly all are in the top 10% of their class academically. This marks their first performance with DCINY.