Carmina Burana Workshop: Saturday 13th October 2018

Come and join Chagford Singers for an exciting and rousing day’s workshop on Orff’s masterpiece – Carmina Burana!

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.
During the day we will tackle some of the dramatic and musically-challenging choruses within the work. I hope that we will have a lot of fun doing so and that we’ll be able to explore some of the intricacies of Carmina in a  friendly, relaxed atmosphere. It would be great if singers could look at parts beforehand and there are plenty of resources online to discover more about the texts and the music.
I’m really looking forward to spending a great day looking at this fantastically vibrant work and to meeting singers who want to share the experience with me!
(PS – I hear that the Chagford Singers do a brilliant lunch as well!!!)
Tim Pithers, Musical Director

Details so far (August 2018):

Musical Director: Tim Pithers  Accompanist: Shaun Brown

Entry form/RegistrationContact:  Please fill in an entry form before the day to allow us to plan for seating, numbers of scores, refreshments and lunch.  The form is available from  Janet Jeffrey  01647 24414 or email:   Contact with the choir is also available through our website: (Contact Us).

Location: Chagford School, Lower St, Chagford, Newton Abbot TQ13 8BZ.  Medium size  car park available, first come first served.  Possibly try to car share or get family to drop you and then they could see the informal concert/run through at 3.45pm.  An audience would be 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.

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

Provisional Timings:

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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