Saturday 12th April heralded the Spring with Carl Orff’s ever popular Carmina Burana along with Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo by Joseph Horovitz. A diverse yet compelling programme of vibrant music which delighted a packed audience.
The children’s choir opened the concert with The Season of Singing which was very apt considering what was to follow. Captain Noah featured cameo roles from members of the choir with Paul Clerehugh as Noah and Mike Tipler as narrator who both brought humour and drama to their roles in equal quantities. The children stole the show as they sang with such enthusiasm and commitment, clearly enjoying their special moments and dramatic touches with barks, screams, glugs and two by twos.
Carmina Burana was breathtaking with Bel Canto on form from the opening chord of O Fortuna to the powerful final note as the wheel went full circle under the skilful direction of Robert Webb. Special thanks go to Jonathan Gooing and Nigel Gyte who played magnificently in accord on two pianos; Clare Wheat for a stunning performance as she soared to the high notes so beautifully in Dulcissime; Peter Taylor for his amazing interpretation of the drunken abbot with its demanding vocal range; Mixed Metal, three percussionists who impressed everyone with their versatility on a huge variety of instruments and the children who were inspired in their singing.
Teamwork in abundance and an excellent performance from everyone.