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We are excited to welcome the following international choral experts to ChoirFest Middle East 2020.

Workshops & Masterclasses

Please contact us on choirfestme@thefridgedubai.com for booking any private workshops or masterclasses for your choir.  Follow us on @choirfestme for updates on the public workshops which will be scheduled shortly.

23rd– 27th February 2020 – Junior and Senior Schools sessions

CADENCE

We are proud to welcome back CADENCE, Canada’s premiere vocal group. Based in Toronto, this a cappella ensemble has been wowing audiences across the country and around the world for over 20 years. Wherever they perform, the members of Cadence bring an infectious energy and uncanny verve to every song they sing.  The group’s five critically acclaimed studio albums have received several awards, along with 3 JUNO Nominations.

On-stage antics and audience participation are par for the course at any Cadence show, providing a rich musical event appropriate for all ages.  What they can do with their voices needs to be heard to be believed.

9th – 14th June 2020 – Adult, Regional & Youth choirs

Rob Johnston

Rob Johnston is an acclaimed singer, conductor and vocal coach. As a tenor soloist, he has sung all over the world including: the Messiah at Royal Albert Hall; Carmina Burana at the Barbican; the Evangelist in Bach’s St Matthew Passion; The Dream of Gerontius in Cape Town; The Kingdom in Buenos Aires; The Creation in Sri Lanka; Samson, The Messiah and St Nicolas in Holland; the Evangelist in Bach’s St Matthew and St John Passions throughout Denmark; Elijah in Norway and Judas Maccabaeus in Leipzig.

Rob can be seen and heard on a vast array of film and TV programmes and has performed with Elton John, Sting, Dusty Springfield, Mike Oldfield, The Opera Babes, Susan Boyle, Johnny Mathis, Il Divo and Kylie Minogue.

Rob also conducted The Royal Choral Society at Royal Albert Hall and conducts his own choir, RSVP VOICES. His choirs have recorded movie and TV soundtracks and records backing tracks for Britain’s Got Talent, America’s Got Talent and The X Factor (UK).

Clare Wheeler

A highly accomplished singer, composer, arranger, vocal coach and workshop leader, Clare Wheeler trained at Chethams School of Music as a violinist and singer (classical and jazz voice) and in composition at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Clare taught music theory and harmony at the Academy of Contemporary Music and was a member of The Swingles. Currently she teaches improvisation and vocal jazz at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She also runs a vocal jazz ensemble, workshops and masterclasses and adjudicates a cappella competitions around the world.

As a singer and performer, she has worked with Rumer; Jamie Cullum and Labrinth; Marin Alsop; Michael Tilson Thomas; Antonio Pappano; Zubin Mehta; John Taylor; The Boston Pops Orchestra; Jacob Collier at the BBC Proms; and the Metropol Jazz Orkester. She has also on TV (Pitch Battle) and on radio (The Choir). She is currently the Choir Director on a project with The National Theatre of The Visit.

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