Ascension Jazzmass

An invitation to sing in a performance of the

Ascension Jazzmass by Rod Paton

Ascension Jazzmass | BreconChoirFestival

Brecon Choir Festival 2023

The Ascension Jazzmass is a unique work in the jazz/contemporary music repertoire. Scored for soloist, 4-part choir, organ, jazz ensemble, and 21 xylophones it provides an opportunity to bring together a wide range of the community in a piece which is uplifting, moving and celebratory. “A moving testament to the human spirit at its open-hearted best” (Jazz Journal International)

We are forming a special choir “The New Ascension Singers” to augment the Cathedral Choir for this special event in which you are warmly invited to participate. The work is fully scored for those who do read music but it can also easily be learned by ear. The vocal techniques include chanting, calling, overtone singing and close harmony whilst the styles range from gospel and funk to anthemic chorales and even some (easy to learn) vocal improvisation.

Rehearsal Schedule

All rehearsals in Brecon Cathedral

Introductory ‘taster’ session and registration: Thursday April 20 19:00-20:30 Simply turn up for this introductory ‘taster’ session then choose whether or not to commit to the project.

Further rehearsals fortnightly on Thursdays 19:00-20:30:

May 4 / 18

June 1 / 15 / 29


July 6 / 13

Full-day rehearsal and run-through with soloist, musicians and schoolchildren: Saturday July 15 Cathedral 10:00-16:00

Performance: Thursday July 20th

Sound check and warm up 16:00 – Performance: 19:30

For further information please email or phone Rod on 07717 416319