Brandi's trip to Carnegie Hall "Cantata memoria"

Another amazing experience to sing at Carnegie Hall for the North American Premier of Sir Karl Jenkin's new masterpiece, "Cantata Memoria". The piece was commissioned by Welsh language TV channel S4C to mark 50 years since the 1966 Aberfan disaster that killed 116 children and 28 adults when a coal mine collapsed and flooded a nearby school. We paid memorial to all of the victims of the disaster by singing their names, which were also displayed in a video displayed behind us on stage. Listen to the Cortege below (specifically at 2:25) - powerful.

The names of the victims being displayed in the screen behind the choir.

This clip as a some footage of Aberfan that was shown in the video playing behind us during the performance.

We performed with choirs from all over the world - New Zealand, Spain, Germany, Wales, Australia, New York and kids choirs from Sussex, NJ and Michigan under the direction of acclaimed director, Dr. Jonathan Griffith. It was a lot of hard work, but so rewarding. It is an amazing experience to perform a piece when the composer is at the rehearsals and performance - you want to get it right!

Below is the full version of the original recording of "Pitran Patran" (raindrops) as sang in the short video of our actual performance attached to the email :)

Long rehearsals with around 250 people, Director Jonathan Griffith and Composer Sir Karl Jenkins
Our choir director, Frank DiMeiro in the balcony watching the performance. My friend grabbed a quick shot of the soprano section before the performance started (I'm there, look closely). A performer got a quick snap of what it looked like from our perspective - this place is magical!
Fan girl! Photos with the composer (and an autographed score) and the director.

Credits:

2 professional photos: (c) DCINY Production/Nan Melville Photography

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