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Carmina Burana

March 10, 2018, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Metropolitan merrymaking and mystery meets a no-holds- barred slice of medieval life as Bob Chilcott and Carl Orff go head to head in a programme bursting with life, liberties and sassy savoir-faire.

Chilcott Songs and Cries of London Town
Youth Choir set
Orff Carmina Burana

Bristol Choral Society
Bristol Youth Choir
Hilary Campbell Conductor
David Ogden Youth Choir director
Steven Kings Piano
Ian Tindale Piano
Oli Butterworth Percussion

Jo Weeks Soprano
Rob Jenkins Tenor
Geoff Williams Baritone

Colston Hall, Bristol

The wheel of fate spins and all human life whirls past, full of hope and despair, ribaldry and playfulness, amorous intent and wide-eyed delight in the natural world. Little wonder that the collection of poems Carmina Burana transfixed Carl Orff who set 24 of them in a kaleidoscopic cantata that became an instant hit. ‘Everything I have written to date can be destroyed’ he told his publisher. ‘With Carmina Burana my collected works begins’. Cut down to size in a two pianos and percussion reincarnation, the music registers with all its visceral immediacy, zesty humour and rhythmic kick intact. Meanwhile limbering up to medieval mayhem, we open with the perfect partner. Scored for the same forces, Bob Chilcott’s love letter to old London Town evokes a cityscape of jazzy vitality and atmospheric mood music. Capital!

Tickets are available from Colston Hall’s box office:
Telephone: 0117 203 4040
Online: Colston Hall website
Tickets cost £10 to £30. Under 25’s £5. Seniors 10% discount.


March 10, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Colston Hall