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Carmina Burana

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Sunday 1 July 2018 3:00 PM
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Orff - Carmina Burana
Stravinsky - Les Noces (performed in English)

Crouch End Festival Chorus
London Orchestra da Camera Percussion Ensemble
Coldfall Primary School Choir
Rhodes Avenue Primary School Choir
David Temple
- conductor
Paul Ayres - pianist
Benjamin Frost - pianist
Peter Jaekel - pianist
William Vann - pianist
Grace Davidson - soprano
Marta Fontanals-Simmons - mezzo soprano
Robert Murray - tenor
Benedict Nelson - baritone

This matinee concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall features Carl Orff’s ever-popular cantata Carmina Burana, and Stravinsky’s groundbreaking Les Noces ("The Wedding"). Orff’s playfully suggestive Carmina Burana borrows shamelessly from Les Noces, and yet the two could hardly be further apart. The startlingly original Les Noces was first conceived as a dance cantata about a 19th-century Russian peasant wedding, and is scored for soloists, chorus, four pianos and percussion. The rumbustious and dramatic Carmina Burana, with its instantly recognisable choruses including the monumental O Fortuna, evokes the lusty medieval world of dancing, feasting and drinking.

In this choral voyage of discovery, Crouch End Festival Chorus embraces the qualities and delights of both works with precision and energy. Les Noces is sung in English (Stravinsky himself made a recording of the work in English) by CEFC and four outstanding soloists: Grace Davidson, Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Robert Murray, and Grant Doyle. In Carmina Burana, the chorus and soloists are joined by Rhodes Avenue Primary School Choir, Coldfall Primary School Choir, four eminent pianists including CEFC’s own accompanist Peter Jaekel, and the London Orchestra da Camera Percussion Ensemble, all under the direction of David Temple.

Booking information

Sunday 1 July 2018 3:00 PM
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX

TICKETS: £28 / £24 / £18 / £12.50

Southbank Centre box office: 020 3879 9555

Southbank Centre online booking


Wheelchair access and seats available, with standard wheelchair concessions. Limited blue badge parking available nearby – please check with venue.

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