Sex, drink and roasted swans – choral music isn’t meant to be this much fun!

The words for Carl Orff’s glorious choral work were found in a Benedictine Abbey. But there’s nothing monkish about them: the verses are full of booze, unbridled lust – and roasted swans. It’s a full-blooded romp of a piece from start to finish – for a huge orchestra and as many singers as you can get on the stage!

Unfortunately, Mari Erksmoen and Thomas E. Bauer have had to withdraw from this performance due to illness. We are grateful to Jennifer France and Morgan Pearse who have stepped in at short notice to sing at this performance.

About Kazuki conducts Carmina Burana

Where have I heard it before?

If you’re of a certain age, you will remember the ‘O Fortuna’ movement from a TV commercial for Old Spice aftershave. More recently, it has been used as ‘tension-building’ music in the X-Factor!

Carmina Burana: O Fortuna Orff

Full programme

  • Panufnik, Sinfonia Sacra  (22mins)
  • Orff, Carmina Burana  (65mins)