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Colston's Choral Society performs Carmina Burana

On Saturday 9th May 2009 Colston's Choral Society performed Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.

Colston's Choral Society - Carmina Burana
     
 

Colston’s Choral Society
Carmina Burana
Carl Orff
and music by Mozart and Caccini

Fiona Hunt – soprano
Rachel Vaughan – soprano
Pavel Josifek - tenor
Tom Arrand - baritone
Stefan Hofkes, Steven King – pianos
Percussion Ensemble
Directed by John Shooter

Programme

Alleluia – WA Mozart
Ave Maria – G Caccini
Fiona Hunt (Soprano)

Carmina Burana – Carl Orff
Carmina Burana

Rachel Vaughan(Soprano) Pavel Josifek (Tenor) Tom Arrand (Baritone)


Copy of Concert Programme

Opening of Carmina Burana - "O Fortuna" MP3 file

Review
 

After weeks of intensive rehearsals, Colston’s Choral Society, which is made up of parents, staff, pupils and friends of the school, gave the public performance of this bawdy work on Saturday 9th May in the Chatterton Hall. Based on a collection of 13th Century songs discovered in a Bavarian Monastery, they cover the subjects of drinking, love and sex. The German composer Carl Orff (1998-1982) was intrigued by the songs and decided to use his own music for a large work for choir. Divided into three main sections “Spring Time”, the first one, shows the lighter side of life with dancing and happy songs from the maidens with the arrival of spring. We then have “In the Tavern” where it is now the turn of the men to enjoy themselves in rather a different way with plenty of liquid refreshment and bawdiness. It is in this section that Tom Arrand (baritone), a member of staff, sang an excellent solo with confidence. Then Pavel Josifek (tenor) gave a really amusing and skilful rendition of the “The Swan Song” in which, with clever use of the voice, we could imagine the suffering of the swan as it roasted on the spit. The third section “Courtly Love”, after a gentle opening, becomes more boisterous and suggestive as we sing along. Rachel Vaughan (soprano) sang her solos with much conviction and a beautiful tone. It was encouraging to see a selection of younger pupils making up the “Ragazzi” choir. Stefan Hofkes and Steven King were the two impressive pianists and a large percussion section added to the enjoyment. John Shooter, Director of Music at Colston’s, who directed the whole performance is to be congratulated on getting a group of 50 or so adults to put on a decent performance of a difficult work with tricky language. Mention should also be made of the beautiful singing of Fiona Hunt (soprano) who is one of the choir’s members. She sang “Alleluia” by Mozart and Caccini’s “Ave Maria” with great aplomb at the beginning of the concert.

John Packwood


 
 
 
Colston's Choral Society - Carmina Burana
 
 
 
 
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Colston's Choral Society - Carmina Burana