Brian Kay, Principal Conductor of The Really Big Chorus, conducts Carmina Burana on 14 July

Sunday 14 July 2019


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!  Composed in 1936 by the German composer Carl Orff (1895–1982), the music is by turns grandiose, lyrical or rhythmically insistent and is a glorious piece of choral writing.

For the first half of the concert, the huge orchestra required for Carmina Burana is shown to advantage in three orchestral works: Walton’s Spitfire Prelude & Fugue, Handel’s triumphant Music for the Royal Fireworks and Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance March No. 1.  These very popular pieces will get you in the mood for  the choral tour de force which follows the interval.

About the performers
Carmina Burana will be sung by over a thousand singers from The Really Big Chorus accompanied by the English Festival Orchestra. The concert will be conducted by Brian Kay, and the soloists are Julieth Lozano (soprano), Glen Cunningham (tenor) and Jake Muffett (baritone).  

About the charity
For this concert we are working in partnership with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) which will benefit from programme sales, bucket collections, advertising and sales of merchandise. Our Royal Albert Hall concerts regularly raise between £5,000 and 10,000 for the charity we support.

About the Royal Albert Hall
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