The committee has been monitoring government COVID-19 guidance issued to choirs and has reached the conclusion that it is not sensible for us to try to restart normal rehearsals.  Our Zoom rehearsals over the summer term were popular with members.  They provided some of the social and musical benefits we normally enjoy from rehearsals, so we are going to continue online for this term.

We will be working on Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana for a 10 week term starting on 23 September 2020 (no rehearsal on 28 October 2020).  Membership for the term will be £20 to be paid by bank transfer.

If you are already on our mailing list, you will receive an email with further details.  If you are not on our mailing list but would like to join us, please contact us.

Of course, we will continue to monitor the guidance with the hope of finding a way to perform Carmina Burana at the end of term or subsequently.

Score

You will need to acquire your own score – there is only one edition and it is available from Amazon or from music shops such as Dots.

Recordings

If you want to practice by singing along with a recording, Simon recommends the performance by Seiji Ozawa, which he says is very impressive (it is all very good but the soloists are also great: Kathleen Battle, Thomas Allen and the tenor Frank Lopardo is astonishing).  There are also several recordings by him on Spotify – but with different soloists.

Rehearsal timetable

You can find full details of the rehearsal timetable, including the movements being done each week on this document:

Autumn Choir Rehearsal Schedule 2020 Carl Orff – Carmina Burana

Learning aids

As Carmina Burana is a popular work, many of the learning sites provide aids to help you learn your part.  We find the following to be particularly useful:

  • Cyberbass – has a wide range of major works.  You can listen to individual voice parts or all voice parts, you can select a short passage to listen to over and over again, or you can speed up and slow down recordings.
  • John F’s Rehearsal Files – John Fletcher has an extraordinary range of music on his site, with individual files for each voice part or for all parts together. You need to set up a membership – this is free for out of copyright music.  There is a paid for option if you want to access copyrighted music – there are various options, but the individual rate for one year is £10.
  • Saffron Choral Prompt – you can order CDs at a modest price from saffronchoralprompt.co.uk 01799 586269.  You tell them the name of our choir (for a discount); which piece of music and name of publisher; your voice part.  You will receive a useful (though not beautiful) recording of a voice singing your exact line with a piano accompaniment playing the other parts.  This is clearly most useful for large scale works.
  • There are also several learning aids on Youtube.