Philharmonic Choir are Orff to the Fairfield Halls once more

The Croydon Philharmonic Choir is to perform one of the most exciting and popular 20th-century choral works at the Fairfield Halls next month.

The choir is singing Carl Orff’s thrilling Carmina Burana, with its dramatic rhythms and harmonies and its tales of medieval life and love.

The Croydon Philharmonic Choir will be joined by Basingstoke Choral Society and the choir of St Mary’s Church of England school, Oxted, making a combined choir of more than 250 voices. They will be backed by the Docklands Sinfonia, along with some exciting young soloists and conductor David Gibson, the CPC’s music director. The concert will take place on Saturday March 28. 

Orff composed Carmina Burana in 1936, setting to music a selection of medieval poems and texts in Latin and old German. They include bawdy celebrations of the joys of spring and riotous drinking songs. It was first performed in Frankfurt in 1937 and has become a worldwide choral favourite since.

Composer: Carl Orff

The Fairfield concert will feature two other works: The Rio Grande, a jazzy choral piece from the 1920s composed by Constant Lambert; and George Gershwin’s beguiling orchestral suite, Rhapsody in Blue.

The concert marks the Croydon Philharmonic Choir’s second appearance at the Fairfield Halls since they reopened in September last year. It follows the choir’s triumphant performance of Verdi’s Requiem in October which won acclaim from audience and critics alike.

“That was a fantastic night and we set a very high standard,” said choir chair Jane Castle.

“But we are determined to match it with Carmina Burana.”

The concert starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets start at £15 and are on sale from the Fairfield Halls box office.

There is more information about the Croydon Phiharmonic Choir on its website.


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