The Music of Sir Karl Jenkins

The Music of Sir Karl Jenkins
Monday, Jan 20, 2020
7:00 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
Sir Karl Jenkins, CBE, DCINY Composer-in-Residence
Jenkins: The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace 
Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the work
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Jenkins: Miserere: Songs of Mercy and Redemption
North American Premiere

Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International

DCINY presents the 20th Anniversary of 'The Armed Man, A Mass For Peace' by Sir Karl Jenkins. Maestro Jonathan Griffith leads the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International in The Armed Man with film as well as the North American Premiere of Jenkins’ latest work, Miserere: Songs of Mercy and Redemption.

Contact us about this concert and future performance opportunities.

Participating Ensembles:

Vox Kiwiana
Kings Chorale
Lincoln Choral Society
Stadtkantorei Soltau
Coleraine Grammar School Choir
The Gisborne Singers
Swiss Ad-Hoc Singers
Dedham Choral Society

Vox Kiwiana

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Wim Oosterhoff

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.

Kings Chorale

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William Perrot

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.

Lincoln Choral Society

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Mark Wilde
Mark was a chorister at Dundee Cathedral before studying music at the University of East Anglia and moving to the Royal College of Music. He is Professor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music in London, lectures in music at the University of Lincoln, and sings as a Lay Vicar in Lincoln Cathedral Choir. Mark became Music Director of Lincoln Choral Society in 2017. Mark is a professional tenor soloist, having principal roles with all the major UK companies. He was Principal Artist in the 2014 Olivier Award winning cast of English Touring Opera and has sung at Glyndebourne.

Lincoln Choral Society was founded in 1896 as the Lincoln Musical Society. It is a 100-strong adult mixed choir. Its aim is to give audiences a memorable musical experience in the magnificent setting of Lincoln Cathedral. Concert programmes are designed to appeal to all those who love choral music and the choir performs a wide range of works from the classical repertoire and more modern composers. In addition to the Cathedral concerts, the choir usually performs seasonal works at Christmas and a summer concert – the latter featuring anything from a Shakespeare-inspired programme to The Teddy Bears’ Picnic!

Stadtkantorei Soltau

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Bettina Hevendehl

Bettina Hevendehl, born 26.10.1959, study of church music at "Hochschule für Kirchenmusik, Herford", 1984 - 1993 church musician at Martin Luther Parish, Hamburg, German studies at University of Hamburg, vocal training by Ulla Groenwoldt and Meta Henschen, Hamburg, singing cours with Barbara Schlick - since 1993 church musician and conductor in Soltau - Ev.Stadtkantorat Soltau with several choirs of children, youth, Gospel, Seniors and Ev. Stadtkantorei (oratorio).


"Stadtkantorei Soltau" with about 65 members ist the main choir of Ev. Stadtkantorat Soltau. The repertoire inludes a wide range of musical styles from plain choral and motetts to oratorios of church music as Mozart Requiem, Handel´s Messiah, cantatas and passions of J.S.Bach or Carmina burana as an example for secular music. Singing at the services of the both parishes St. Johannis and Luther is our central purpose but we also love to give one or two great concerts with orchestra and soloists during the year.

Coleraine Grammar School Choir

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Richard McCreery

Richard McCreery studied Music at the University of Ulster and was appointed to Coleraine High School, a girls’ grammar school, in 1998. In 2015 the school amalgamated with the boys’ grammar school, Coleraine Academical institution, and formed Coleraine Grammar School. The school now comprises over 1000 pupils and has 5 choirs. Richard is passionate about singing and its benefits to the well-being of all, so much so that auditions are not required to sing in any of his choirs. He is also Musical Director of Terrace Row Presbyterian Church where he conducts an enthusiastic SATB choir.


The Coleraine Grammar School Choir comprises 38 singers and is non-auditioned ensemble. SATB choral singing is a developing extra-curricular activity in school and participation is on the increase, particularly among young male students. In 2016 it was the Sixth Form Girls’ Chamber Choir who participated in the Carnegie Hall premier performance of Sir Karl Jenkins’ Songs of Sanctuary under the baton of Dr. Jonathan Griffith. We are delighted to be participating in our second DCINY event, especially as the choir is now a true reflection of our co-educational school.

The Gisborne Singers

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Stephen Brockman

Stephen Brockman studied flute at the Melbourne University Conservatorium of Music. In 1974 he played with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. In 1979 he was appointed Principal Flute with the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra. In the 1990s he was Musical Director of the Hong Kong Singers, played Principal Flute in the HK Chamber Orchestra and was in the Lugard Wind Quintet. Stephen has been Musical Director of the Gisborne Singers since 2008 and has directed performances including Mozart's 'Requiem', and Bruckner's 'Te Deum'. In 2015 for the Australia Day Honours, he was awarded the Macedon Ranges Arts Ambassador award.


In 1980 a small madrigal group began rehearsing with founder Barry Firth in a Gisborne lounge room. Now The Gisborne Singers, the choir has been presenting concerts in the Macedon Ranges and beyond ever since. It now numbers sixty voices and since 2008 Stephen Brockman has been Musical Director. We present two major works per year, an informal Cabaret, and at local community events. The Choir’s repertoire includes major works by Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Mozart and extends to folk songs, musicals, opera choruses and contemporary songs. In May 2018 the Choir presented the Australian premiere of Karl Jenkins’ Cantata Memoria.

Swiss Ad-Hoc Singers

We are a young, small, independent group of Swiss singers who were formed out of a bigger group which took part at a Karl Jenkins concert in 2017 at the KKL in Lucerne. Everyone sings in another choir today; that was the birth of the Swiss Ad-Hocs.

Dedham Choral Society

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Jonathan Barnhart

JONATHAN BARNHART, Dedham Choral Society’s music director for over 25 years, received the M.Mus. from New England Conservatory of Music and B.A. from Dickinson College. As a vocal soloist Mr. Barnhart has appeared with many organizations, including Alea III, Boston Camerata, Cantata Singers, Ensemble Abendmusik, Musica Viva and, as a professional member for 31 years, the Handel and Haydn Society. Mr. Barnhart has taught at Commonwealth School, Milton Academy, Boston College and the New England Conservatory, and served as organist at churches and temples in the Boston area. He has published numerous editions of choral and organ music.


Dedham Choral Society is one of the Boston area’s premier community choruses, known for the quality of its performances and the vision of its programming. Significant local first performances have included works by Michael Haydn (Missa Sancti Francisci), Felix Mendelssohn (Kyrie in d minor), Lee Hoiby (Hymn to the New Age), Gerald Finzi (In terra pax), Bob Chilcott (Canticles of Light), Andrew Carter (Musick’s Jubilee), Jonathan Willcocks (Magnificat), Peteris Vasks (Dona nobis pacem), Alexander Gretchaninov (Liturgia Domestica), David Diamond (This Sacred Ground) and the New England premier of Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall.