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.

Extra rehearsal for Carmina Burana

Joint rehearsal with the Brighton Orpheus Choir in Brighton.

There will be an extra rehearsal on Friday 28 June, 7.30-9.30pm at Main Hall Dorothy Stringer School, Loder Rd, Brighton, BN1 6PZ.

We’re meeting in the main hall, which is quite tricky to find.  Park in the school car park,  accessed from Loder Road, then walk along the path until you’ve passed the football pitch, then it’s diagonally left towards the canopied building; and it’s the double doors on the right. We’ll put some signs up, so that you can find it from there!

This is our first and only opportunity to rehearse with both choirs together. Please make an effort to be at this additional rehearsal.