Carmina Burana
Porgy and Bess

Saturday 4 April 2020

7:30pm

Life Church, Sycamore Avenue, Burnley BB12 6QP


  • Linda Richardson (soprano)
  • Nicholas Watts (tenor)
  • Eddie Wade (baritone)
  • Burnley Municipal Choir

  • Joanna Porter (piano)
  • Duncan Robertson (piano)

  • Conductor: Nigel Wilkinson


Carmina Burana

After the roaring success of the G & S Gala held at Life Church back in November, Burnley Choir are returning to Life Church on 4 April with an exciting double bill of popular mid 20th century works. Carmina Burana is probably the most frequently performed of all 20th century choral works and its main theme ‘O Fortuna’ has been used in many films, adverts and video games and became popularised as the theme for The X Factor and has been called "the most overused piece of music in film history". Written by Carl Orff in the 1930s it is based on medieval poems (many of them ribald) and is full of energy and rhythmic vitality. The poems cover a wide range of topics, as familiar in the 13th century as they are in the 21st: the fickleness of fortune and wealth, the ephemeral nature of life, the joy of the return of Spring, and the pleasures and perils of drinking, gluttony, gambling, and lust.

Porgy and Bess

First performed just 12 months earlier (in 1935), Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess had a mixed reception initially but has been recognised as a masterpiece, and is full of well-known tunes including ‘Summertime’, ‘I got plenty o’ nothing’ and ‘It ain’t necessarily so’. Written in a jazz idiom the opera has an all black cast, but the Burnley choir have obtained a special licence to perform the short concert suite of highlights arranged by the legendary Robert Russell Bennett. This will therefore be a rare opportunity to hear this work live and locally. Life Church proved to be a very popular venue when the choir made its debut there last year, with ample parking and excellent facilities. Another sell-out is anticipated, so book early to avoid disappointment. This will be a unique event, and not to be missed.

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Coming up

In our centenary year the next concert is: Handel’s Messiah - December 2020. Date and time yet to to confirmed. Details to follow.