Orff: Carmina Burana plus McCarthy: Codebreaker | Hertfordshire Chorus

 17 May
 Barbican Hall Silk Street London London EC2Y 8DS England
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 Concerts in East London
Hertfordshire Chorus Presdales School Choir Ruth Jenkins-Robertsson (soprano) Oliver Mercer (tenor) Gareth Brynmor John (baritone) Forest Philharmonic Orchestra David Temple (conductor) Carmina Burana - Carl Orff Codebreaker - James McCarthy Orff: Carmina Burana - If you’re a child of the 1970s, it may well have been the Old Spice advert. If you hail from a younger generation, it will almost certainly be The X Factor. One thing’s for sure, the vast majority of people that know and love the O Fortuna that opens Orff’s Carmina Burana have come across it not through a performance, but from its use in countless television shows, commercials and films. Less than three minutes long, O Fortuna is only one very small part of this glorious secular cantata that celebrates with earthy humour the joys of the tavern, nature, love and lust. Composed in the 1930s and inspired by a set of medieval poems, Carmina Burana was first performed in Frankfurt in June 1937, to great acclaim. Orff knew he had a hit on his hands, and he was fortunate enough to see the work’s rapid rise in popularity during the course of his own lifetime. James McCarthy's Codebreaker celebrates the life of Alan Turing - mathematician, wartime codebreaker and pioneer of computer science. McCarthy sets existing text to music - speeches and texts from well-known poets (Wilfred Owen, Sara Teasdale, Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde, Robert Burns) that reflect aspects of Turing’s life experiences. Soprano soloist Ruth Jenkins-Robertsson provides the voice of Turing’s mother - a hugely important figure in his life. James McCarthy is one of the UK’s most talented young composers. The work received acclaim from audience and critics alike at its premiere at the Barbican in April 2014, moving many to tears. “A deeply moving work that showcases the composer’s ability to craft sumptuous melodies and build powerful climaxes with a full chorus and orchestra...this was a powerful concert that will stay with me for quite some time". Rosie Pentreath, BBC Music Magazine Online ( Codebreaker ) “It is heart-on-sleeve, sometimes unashamedly so, with a passion that is intoxicating.” Financial Times Online ( Codebreaker ) Sunday May 17, 2015 at 19:30 Tickets £9-25 (plus booking fee if booked through Barbican) Phone for tickets: 020 7638 8891 Other sources: Box Office, Barbican Book by email: tickets@hertfordshirechorus.org.uk Tickets "at the door" - until sold out For a map and further details please visit http://www.concert-diary.com/concert/783351808/Orff-Carmina-Burana-plus-McCarthy-Codebreaker-Hertfordshire-Chorus

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