Carmina Burana – great evening!

On Saturday 29 July 2019 we sang Carmina Burana at Lewes Town Hall. It was the hottest day of the year, with 250 performers and 300 in the audience, it was the hottest ticket in town! East Sussex Community Choir was joined by Brighton Orpheus Choir, Wallands School Choir and Orpheus Young Singers, all of whom were accompanied by the South Downs Youth Orchestra.

Vocal soloists were Paul Austin Kelly (singing the part of Roasting Swan), Philip Tebb – the baritone solos – showing an extraordinary vocal range, and Charmian Bedford – who stunned us all with her fabulous singing, standing in at the last minute (well actually 10 hours notice). All fabulous – thank you to them.

And the first half of the concert showed off the South Downs Youth Orchestra under the baton of their conductor Malcolm Warnes, playing Gordon Jacob’s Horn Concerto with 16-year old soloist Brendan Connellan; Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments; and a World Premier Angelus by Siobhan Connellan b.1998 and ex SDYO bassoonist.

A big thank you to all the performers, including Malcolm Warnes and Nicholas Houghton (conductors) and the all the audience. As Nick Houghton said, it was a hot evening and we were ‘all in it together’ but I know everyone enjoyed it.

Here are some photos taken by John Astbury.

Dame Felicity Lott sings at our concert

Shona Knight, Paul Austin Kelly, Dame Felicity Lott, Nicholas Houghton and Maeve Jenkinson at Lewes Town Hall

At the end of our ‘sell-out’ performance of Mendelssohn Hymn of Praise in Lewes Town Hall on 5 May, the three soloists, Shona Knight, Paul Austin Kelly and Dame Felicity Lott posed for a photo with Conductor Nicholas Houghton and orchestra leader Maeve Jenkinson.

The concert was a triumph in many ways. Many of the audience as well as other performers felt the choir has ‘never sounded better’. And of course the orchestra and soloists were excellent in all respects.

The choir goes from strength to strength and we now look forward to singing in Ghent Cathedral on 30 June, and then our next season including guest stars John Tomlinson (Bass) and Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet) on 15 December. Later in the season we will be joining with South Downs Youth Orchestra for a performance of Orff’s Carmina Burana in June 2019.