Carmina Burana Workshop: A-ma-zing

About 75 of us had a stunning day singing Carmina Burana!  Thanks to all who came and helped.

One of the most iconic 20th century choral works, Carmina Burana, paints a picture of mediaeval debauchery. The texts are taken from twenty-four 13th century songs and poems discovered in Beuren in 1803 (hence Carmina Burana – ‘Songs of Beuren’) which cover timeless topics including wealth, fortune, drinking, gambling and lust. Written between 1935 and 1936 Orff’s modernist, even avant-garde, style gives a raw, energetic, and rhythmically exciting soundworld which captures the essence of the songs whilst harnessing multiple musical influences.
Tim Pithers, Musical Director
On a howling October day, we tackled some 12 of the dramatic and musically-challenging movements within the work. We had a lot of fun doing so and explored the SATB parts, broke into 2 choirs and kept slipping between plaintive, piqued and lusty German while learning a little of the raunchy German meanings – where Tim dared translate.
And to add icing to a musical cake, the lasagne and salad lunch was delicious.
The big question now is:  When is the next one and what will it be?????

Administrative Details for the day:

Musical Director: Tim Pithers  Accompanist: Shaun Brown

Registration or Contact:  Last minutes entries were possible especially as many had their own scores available ( had 70 on hire).  Queries kept coming until the day before.  Everyone up until the last couple of days was asked to fill a registration form to allow us to plan for seating, numbers of scores, refreshments and lunch.  The contact was Janet Jeffery or through our website: (Contact Us).

Location: Chagford School, Lower St, Chagford, Newton Abbot TQ13 8BZ.  Medium size  car park available, first come first served.  There was a ‘run-through’ of our work at the end of the day and families/friends were invited to sit in especially if picking up family members.  An audience was welcome!

Cost: £16.00 (concessions for students) to include music, scores and simple refreshments all day.  Payable in advance by cheque to the organiser or on the door on the day between 9.30am and 10am.  We asked for the exact cash if possible!

Lunch: Delicious, homemade and at very reasonable cost.  Vegetarian/GF option available.

Timings were:

0930 Registration and payments
1000 Welcome and warm up
1015-1130 Session 1
1130-1145 Coffee
1145-1245 Session 2
1245-1345 Lunch
1345-1530 Session 3
1530-1545 Tea
1545-1630 Informal performance – friends and family welcome, donations to the choir very welcome via retiring collection.




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