(photo: John Bellars)

Carmina Burana is conducted for us in July 2016 by Bob Chilcott (photo: John Bellars)

Sunday 10 July 2016


Royal Albert Hall, 7.00 pm

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About the music
Carmina Burana is unique. Its medieval text was written by monks, but anything less ‘monkish’ is hard to envisage. The 24 poems deal with life lived at the whim of the goddess Fortune, and feature exclusively secular (frequently sexual) pleasures: dancing in spring, scenes in the tavern, a drunken abbott, gluttony and requited and unrequited love. The language is a mixture of Latin and archaic German, and you can download a verbatim translation here!  The music is by turns grandiose, lyrical or rhythmically insistent and is a glorious piece of choral writing.

The huge orchestra required for Carmina Burana features in two complementary non-choral works: Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suit No. 1 and Tchaikovsky’s fantasy-overture Romeo & Juliet.  The eponymous hero of Peer Gynt is a deluded ne’er-do-well who stumbles through life, cheating and breaking hearts as he goes;  Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet is the story of family feuding and doomed young love, brilliantly illustrated in Tchaikovsky’s passionate score.

About the performers
The concert will be conducted by Bob Chilcott, and the soloists are Lucy Hall (soprano), Neil Jenkins (tenor) and Jake Muffett (baritone). We are delighted to welcome the Bromley Boy Singers (director Travis Baker) and TongueTwisters (director Siobhan Lihoreau) who will provide the chorus of ragazzi on this occasion. The English Festival Orchestra is led by Adrian Levine.

About the charity
For this concert we are working in partnership with the National Autistic Society which will benefit from programme sales, bucket collections and sales of merchandise. The NAS is keen to raise awareness of how challenging everyday situations can be for a child with autism: watch Alexander’s video here. Our Royal Albert Hall concerts regularly raise £5,000-10,000 for the charity we support.

About the Royal Albert Hall
To book a restaurant or a parking space  please contact the Royal Albert Hall:  follow the links in the text or telephone the Box Office on 020 7589 8212 (details of a 20% discount for TRBC singers at the Hall’’s Verdi Italian restaurant have been sent out with tickets). For questions about access for disabled patrons and wheelchair users, telephone the Hall’s Access Line on 020 7070 4410.

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