Jubilation

Manly Jazz Festival – it’s Jubilation Time!

This year Jubilation celebrated it’s 25th birthday and though there have been hundreds of members over the last 25 years (many of whom are spreading joy and music across land and sea), the heart and soul of this incredible vocal group in which I have had the privilege of being part of for the last 10 years, is none other than the incredible Joy Yates and our musical director extraordinaire Dave MacRae.

It is fitting to announce Jubilation will be playing Manly Jazz Festival this Sunday 6th October 2019  at 1:30pm on the Beachside Arena stage – the same stage and arena that saw the inception of Jubilation all those moons ago. So be sure to come down and enjoy, enjoy the Jubilation, come celebrate your love in carnival! Can’t wait to Oceania Roll with you all – here’s to another 25 years of Joyful Jubilation!

 

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Hush Hush Corporate Gig with Jubilation (pt 2: the gig)

Ah, what a treat to be able to sing with the Jubes family on one of the most iconic stages in the world – the main concert hall of the Sydney Opera House! We busted out every move and those at Shell Co. loved us, with even the execs in the front 5 rows jumping to their feet and boogie-ing down as we belted out a 6’30” medley of anthem songs (‘This is Me’ from the Greatest Showman, ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ by Journey, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ by Queen, ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams and ‘Ain’t No Mountain’ by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell). Jubilation were brought in as the corporations big rev-up finale, and boy did we give them a FINALE! Of course special mention to our fearless leaders Joy Yates and Dave MacRae for whipping us in shape and bringing out only the best in us as singers and performers. What a high!

 

Views from the Green Room – not too shabby at all!

 

Love these Jubies! #backstagegroupshot

 

Mic Buddies #asiansunite

 

Last minute run-throughs

 

Last minute tech

 

The calm before the storm

 

 

 

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Hush Hush Corporate Gig with Jubilation (pt 1: rehearsals)

So sometimes you do some gigs that are super square, and other times you get some gigs that are a little wacky =p  Tonight Jubilation met with an incredible orchestra, at an undisclosed studio space, to rehearse for a hush hush corporate gig at the Sydney Opera House … ooo have I got your attention yet? =p It’s a really big gig, with lots of moving parts from different parts of the world, however we’re not allowed to know much about the client or the actual event itself, as the organisers don’t want us to accidentally slip and tell the world via social media. So just to wet your appetite here’s a reposted pic from my mic buddy (we only ever get to sing together during Christmas at Carols in the Domain, so it’s a special treat to be able to sing with @celinejdc for this gig!)

 

Stay tuned for pt 2: the gig!

 

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Carols in the Domain 2018

Ah, the Jubilation calendar is not complete without a whole lot of backstage shananigans from Carols in the Domain and this year was no exception!

Highlights (in no particular order): backstage Yahtzee, rolling a DOUBLE YAHTZEE on beginners luck 🤣, hangs with the Jubie family, belting out a good ol’ gospel tune with the ah-mazing Paulini, having MASSIVE stage hair (thanks to Jenn and her teasing comb!), backstage sing-a-longs, awkward (but hilarious) side-stage conversations, unobscured views of the fireworks (the poor bats!) … the list is endless!

Lowlights: our performance was over too quick, not having enough Jubie time, being mozzie bait due the previous night’s downpour.

 

#yahtzee #itsaseriousgame

#spiritfingers #dressrehearsal #finale

 

#dressrehearsal #onstageshananigans

 

#thetroopsaregathering #therealthing #carolsinthedomain2018

 

#obligatoryselfie #dressingroomselfie

 

 

#andthatsawrap #jubilationsingers #jubiefamily

 

 

#fromthecomfortofthecouch

 

#lookmumimontv

 

#maybeshesbornwithit #finale #carolsinthedomain2018

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A Jubilicious Christmas to one and all!

Wishing everyone a very Jubilicious Christmas! 🎵🎶🎄🎅🏼🎁🎉 A little sneaky pic from last night’s happy place – Jubilation singers singing up a storm on Avalon Beach for Carols on the Beach* 2018.

*not only is this one of the most joyous, fun-filled gigs on the Jubilation calendar, it is also the time where @miss_bless and I get to brush off our inner Mariah Careys and belt out ‘All I want for Christmas” as a duet. Ah, the season is complete!

📷 curtesy of @miss_bless & co.

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Jubilation at Carols on the Beach, Avalon

Ah, one of the great joys of Christmas is being able to bring the festive cheer as part of Jubilation to Carols on the Beach at Avalon. Thankfully this year the power stayed on for the whole gig (last year the power shorted in the middle of the set and we were left to sing in the dark with only Moses on drums to accompany us – the show must go on!) and the crowd lavished us with their love and attention as we sang and danced the night away. To my fellow Jubes, love you girls to the moon and back! A massive thank you to the organisers for having us and for always putting on an amazing spread afterwards =p #bestgreenroomtreatment and last but certainly not the least, thank you to Joy and Dave for your constant love, leadership and for all that you have made Jubilation to be.

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Carols in the Domain 2016

Carols in the Domain (CITD) is undoubtedly the annual highlight in Jubilation’s performance calendar, and 2016 was certainty no exception. Not only did we get to reunite with some awesome Jubies, hang out with Leo Sayer and Georgie Parker backstage but also share the stage with the beautiful Pauline and ever amazing Prinnie Stevens in her CITD debut =)

Prinnie not only calls Joy “Aunty Joy”, but has had a deep affiliation with the Jubes family for more years than anyone can remember, having grown up with Joy’s daughter Jade and making countless appearances as a featured artist at many of Joy’s ‘Sing for Joy’ vocal camps. Prinnie even came out of her air-conditioned dressing room to come and play ‘Cards Against Humanity” the very un-PC card game with us in our tent – she’s not only crazily talented but super super down-to-earth and has a wicked sense of humour! Anyways here are a few pics from backstage, rehearsals, set plots, stage and other misc in-between moments – enjoy!

Dami rehearsal
Nothing like a little bit of Dami to get everyone in the Christmas Spirit

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Backstage

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IMG_0867 Look it’s Georgie Parker! She’s so awesome!

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Carols on the Beach (Avalon) ft. Jubilation

What a fantastic night and a beautiful receptive crowd we had at Avalon Beach on the weekend for their big annual Carols on the Beach. Jubilation were the featured artists and despite a temporary black out in the second set (where of course the singing and revelry continued, with Moses MacRae on the drums powering through as accompaniment), the crowd’s applause and cheers, in all their festiveness and glee, rang throughout the whole beach. What a privilege to share in this joyous occasion and add a little sparkle to this gorgeous community, as we celebrate the onset of Christmas 2016!

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