Carmina Burana's racy text depicts drunken monks, love-sick maidens and a spit-roasted swan!

Carmina Burana's racy text depicts drunken monks, love-sick maidens and a spit-roasted swan!

Sunday 10 July 2011

Singday® 2011: Carmina Burana

Royal Albert Hall

Orff: Carmina Burana

Not only did we have a wonderful crowd of singers for Carmina Burana this time, but we also had an almost full house at the Royal Albert Hall.   The only thing better than being part of a tremendous choral performance is for that performance to be shared with a large and responsive audience, and we certainly had that on 10 July.  They may have been drawn simply by the work, since Carmina ranks high in the classical charts, but the additional publicity via the on-line concert website Bachtrack (including the blogs contributed by some of you) may also have helped.

Our trio of soloists gave superb performances. Mary Bevan floated her top Cs effortlessly around the Hall, and tenor Neil Jenkins‘ cameo appearance as the roasting swan was appropriately agonised. Paul Carey Jones was by turns a lover, a wandering scholar and a drunken monk, characterising each to perfection.  We were additionally treated to delightful singing from the Virginia Children’s Chorus (director Carol Thomas Downing). The orchestra was the English Festival Orchestra, led by Adrian Levine, and the conductor was Brian Kay.

Our charity partner for this concert was once again St John Ambulance.

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