Choir’s latest concert to be a powerful affair

Banbury Choral Society will take on Orff's Carmina Burana on November 28 2015. Photo by Michele Hunter
Banbury Choral Society will take on Orff's Carmina Burana on November 28 2015. Photo by Michele Hunter

The powerful force and drama of music will be felt by an eager crowd at St Mary’s Church next weekend when Banbury Choral Society perform a composition by Carl Orff.

The group have decided to make Orff’s popular choral work Carmina Burana the centre piece of their upcoming concert, which takes place on Saturday, November 28, at 7.30pm.

The piece is a popular and notoriously challenging composition that weaves together a total of 24 medieval poems.

It is often likened to a musical version of the Canterbury Tales and contains poems 
that cover a wide array of topics, such as fortune and wealth, the return of spring and the temptations we face in life.

It has been described as a primitive yet eloquent piece of music and begins with the famous O Fortuna segment.

The Ragazzi choir, formed of local school children, will join the main choir in Part III and the singers will be accompanied by Joe Cummings on piano, in addition to a number of percussionists.

A performance of John Rutter’s choral work Gloria will initially open the concert and precede the group’s rendition of Carmina Burana.

English composer and Cambridge University graduate Rutter is widely regarded as an icon of contemporary choral music and Gloria was first performed in the United States in 1974.

And looking beyond the Choral Society’s November concert, the choir have also been in rehearsal for their impending festive performance, which will be held at Marlborough Road Methodist Church on Monday, December 21.

The Carmina Burana event takes place next Saturday in St Mary’s Church on Horsefair, Banbury.

Tickets cost £12.50 for adults and £5 for children under 16. They are available to buy from Banbury Tourist Information Centre in Castle Quay or by calling 07721 204734.

Tickets may also be available to buy on the door, subject to availability.

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