Come and Sing
Britten Music Course

Come and Sing Course

Come and Sing – Carmina Burana

22 & 23 July 2017

Following the resounding success, not to mention challenging fun of staging Spem in Alium in a weekend as part of the Britten Music Course (BMC) in 2016, we will again be inviting adults to join the children on the BMC course on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July.

This year, we will perform Orff’s extraordinary work Carmina Burana as one of the opening concerts of the Holt Festival.  Made famous in recent years for its opening movement O Fortuna in a variety of television programmes, adverts and film sound tracks,  this work is part of the repertoire of many choral societies and a right good sing!

Orff composed Carmina Burana in the mid-1930s and based it on 24 poems from a medieval collection of the same name.  Its movements are written in a mix of Latin and Middle High German, scored for SATB Choir, children’s choir, soprano, tenor and baritone.  The cantata covers a range of topics such as the fickleness of fortune and wealth, the joy of the return of spring and the transitory nature of life, including the pleasures and perils of drinking, gluttony, gambling and lust!

We have persuaded four of the country’s leading soloists to join us for the weekend and lead the sectional workshops throughout the weekend.  They will also form The Arkell Ensemble to perform other suitable pieces, including arias from Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex and Britten’s Abraham and Isaac in the programme.

Carmina Burana full weekend schedule and information


The weekend will cost £40 which includes the cost of tuition, score hire and tea and coffee.

To register please complete the form below and either send a cheque, payable to Gresham’s School Enterprises Limited to Fiona Ross at Gresham’s School, Cromer Road, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 6EA or alternatively email and ask for bank details.  If you have questions about the course, please contact Fiona.

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