Sunday 10 July 2016
Singday® 2016: CARMINA BURANA
Royal Albert Hall
A brilliant evening of music making, under the baton of Bob Chilcott, making his Royal Albert Hall debut with The Really Big Chorus. Carl Orff’s inimitable Carmina Burana delighted us all after the interval, but was prefaced by two orchestral pieces played by the English Festival Orchestra: Grieg’s first Peer Gynt Suite and Tchaikovsky’s fantasy-overture Romeo & Juliet.
Our three young soloists in the Orff led us through the drama and pleasures of spring, young love and a dissolute life-style: Lucy Hall (soprano) sang the part of the young girl, ever searching for a lover and finally finding fulfilment with a splendidly stratospheric top D; Neil Jenkins (tenor) gave us a deliciously uncomfortable vocal portrait of the agonised swan roasting on the spit; and Jake Muffett (baritone) beautifully illustrated the roles of the lascivious abbott and the eager lover.
Our charity partner for the event was the National Autistic Society, which benefited from programme sales, advertising, bucket collections and a raffle.