Carmina Burana ~ 29th March 2014

Date: Saturday 29th March, 2014
Venue: The Hayward Theatre, The King’s School, Ely
Programme: Tippett, Negro Sprituals & Carmina Burana
Featuring: Ely Consort, conducted by Matthew Rudd with….

Claire & Antoinette Cann ~ international duo-pianists
Clare Lloyd-Griffiths ~ soprano
Ashley Harries ~ counter-tenor
Ricardo Panela ~ baritone
Sam Mitchell ~ bass & Martin Kenward ~ tenor
Will Sivier & King’s School Ely ~ Percussion
Hazel Laws – Musical Director & Ely St Mary’s CofE Junior School Choir

The powerful opening of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana is one of the most instantly recognisable pieces of music of all time. The complete work was performed by the combined forces of Ely Consort, St Mary’s Primary School Choir, percussionists from the King’s School, and a star line up of soloists: Clare Lloyd Griffiths (soprano), Ashley Harries (alto) and Ricardo Panela (baritone), all accompanied by the brilliant international duo-pianists Antoinette and Claire Cann. The cast of one hundred musicians brought this most vivid of choral pieces to life in spectacular fashion.

In the first half of the concert, Ely Consort sang Tippett’s moving arrangement of spirituals from A Child of our Time; and repeating their recentperformance at London’s Barbican Centre in the Barnardo’s National Choir Competition, St Mary’s Choir sang their two competition songs. Antoinette and Claire also performed Lutosławski’s their dazzling Variations on a theme of Paganini.


Photographs: Meleah Reardon

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