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Notes for Carmina Burana

There are 12 Choral numbers PLUS 4 for Tenors and basses only.

Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi: 1; 2
Primo vere: 3; 5
Uf dem anger: 7; 8; 9; 10
In Teberna Nos 12; 13 & 14 are for Choir Tenors and Basses only
Cours d’amours: 18; 19 (Tenors and Basses only); 20; 22;
Blanziflor et Helena: 24
Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi: 25 (a repeat of No.1).

Here are some links to online rehearsal aids.

The best: American rehearsal recording, with live soloist singing your line (with words) and choir and orchestra in the background. The faster movements are additionally recorded a little bit slower to facilitate learning. Available as CD (by post from USA) or as MP3 download. Each voice part costs $12.80.

Then there’s Cyberbass, which you access online.
Advantages: It’s free; and you can slow down as much as you like.
Disadvantage: There are no words, just a piano playing your line with distant electronic accompaniment.

There are recordings of individual movements and individual parts on Youtube, but I don’t know if all are available, and this one has no text,

Here is a link to a Translation of the entire text

Bach Christmas Oratorio – notes for choir

Part 1
Singing numbers 1-9
Number 1 sing all the way through then go back to beginning (choir starts on p2) and sing to end of p11
Singing chorale no.5 twice
Part 2
Singing numbers 10-23 inclusive
Singing chorale no. 17 twice
At the end of number 23 go back and sing number 1 again (p1, choir start p2) to bar 137 only.


Part 3
Singing numbers 24-30
Number 29 ends at the Fine 1st time p89 – cut to p93
Cutting no. 31
Singing numbers 32-35
Singing chorale no. 33 twice
At the end of number 35 go back and sing number 24 again (p71)

Part 4
Cutting no.36
Singing no. 37
Cutting no.38

Singing no. 39
Cutting numbers 40-42

Part 5
Singing numbers 43-50
Cutting numbers 51-53

Part 6
Singing number 54 starting with the orchestra then after bar 48 cutting to page 189 bar 161 with the choir starting at bar 164
Singing numbers 55 & 56
Cutting number 57
Singing numbers 58-60
Singing number 59 twice
Cutting numbers 61 & 62
Singing numbers 63 & 64

Brighton Orpheus Choir Sings in the Park

Blakers Park Brighton Orpheus Choir

Brighton Orpheus Choir and Orpheus Young Singers will be singing a few summery songs during the Blaker’s Park community picnic on Saturday June 17th prior to our Summer concert on 24th June 2017 at Varndean School.

Calling all Singers! Come and see us and pick up information about our forthcoming concerts and how to join us at our stand.

Brighton Orpheus Choir rehearses at Varndean School Wednesday 7.30-9.30pm.
Orpheus Young Singers rehearse at Balfour Primary School Wednesday 5.30-6.30pm and welcomes children aged 9-14 years old.

Bob Chilcott Workshop – Kaleidoscope Singers

Kaleidoscope Singers have asked us to join us at their Bob Chilcott Workshop Day
and short presentation concert
Saturday 3 June 2017 at the Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft, Steyning BN44 3XZ
from 10am to 3.30pm (Registration from 9.15am)
GLORIA – Bob Chilcott’s four movement setting of the Latin Gloria
FIVE DAYS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD – Bob Chilcott’s setting of newly written text by Charles Bennett, this 15 minute Choral work takes singers on a journey through five historical events
WIDE OPEN SPACES – Sarah Quartell, reflects on the journeys and adventures found in the wide open spaces within ourselves and in the world around us

Workshop Fee £25 Students £15 payable in advance
Presentation Concert Audience tickets £3 on the door

Further information

Nicholas Warden

We are delighted to welcome back Nicholas Warden as the Bass soloist in our forthcoming performance of the Dvorak Requiem. (Nicholas last sang with us in Bach’s St John Passion last March.

“Nicholas Warden’s rich and agile bass left no doubt as to his authority” (Opera Now)

Born in London, Nicholas graduated with a music degree from Durham University before continuing at the Royal Academy of Music studying with Mark Wildman. He was elected an Associate of the RAM in 2007. With a broad repertoire ranging from Handel, Monteverdi and Purcell to Mozart, Mendelssohn and Elgar and new music he has worked throughout Europe with conductors including: Emmanuelle Haim, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Colin Davis, Sakari Oramo, Gary Cooper, Sian Edwards, Harry Christophers and Martyn Brabbins.

On the operatic stage Nicholas’ recent roles have included Scarpia (Tosca, Puccini); Un Songe (Dardanus, Rameau) Lille, Caen & Dijon; Winter & Sleep (Fairy Queen, Purcell) Lille, Gent, Amsterdam & Paris; Dragon (The Dragon of Wantley, Lampe) Potsdam Festival; Zoroastro (Orlando, Handel) Saddlers Wells; Mongolian Soldier (A Night at the Chinese Opera, Judith Wier) Scottish Opera; Priest (Hercules, Handel) Buxton Festival; Supt. Budd (Albert Herring, Britten) Antwerp, Gent, Brugge.

Highlights in the concert hall have included Haydn’s Creation (Cadogan Hall), Handel’s Orlando (Wigmore Hall), Verdi’s Requiem (Winchester Cathedral), and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis (Barbican). Other notable venues include Gibraltar Cathedral, St John’s Smith Square, The Queen Elizabeth Hall and the bridge of the QEII.

Nick teaches singing at The Royal Academy of Music and at the University of Oxford.

Oliver White

Oliver graduated in music from Durham and won a scholarship to study at the RCM. He studied with Ryland Davies and teaches at Eton College, Chetham’s School of Music, and at Arts Educational, London. He was Director of Music at St Augustine’s, Kensington for 12 years.

His busy operatic career as principal tenor has included his acclaimed West End debut with the D’Oyly Carte at The Savoy Theatre (The Yeomen of the Guard), Carl Rosa (touring the US, Canada and UK), Opera Holland Park, Raymond Gubbay, Armonico Consort, National G&S Opera Company and Opera Della Luna. His roles include the title role in Offenbach’s Robinson Crusoe, Basilio and Curzio (Le nozze di Figaro), Pluto and Mercury (Orpheus in the Underworld), Bobinet (La Vie Parisienne) and he regularly performs the tenor leads in the Savoy Operas of Gilbert and Sullivan.

His concerts include solo appearances with John Wilson, Richard Hickox, and David Hill, regular performances at all the major concert halls and cathedrals in the UK and Ireland, soloist with the Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He has broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Friday Night is Music Night on BBC Radio 2, Classic FM and ITV, recorded for Chandos and has appeared in the Sky Arts series of A Motley Pair.

Concert repertoire includes the Bach Evangelists, Berlioz L’Enfance du Christ, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Britten’s St Nicolas, Rossini’s Petite messe solemnelle, Finzi’s For St Cecilia, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, and Verdi’s Requiem.

Kate Symonds-Joy

Kate graduated with a First Class music degree from Cambridge University and a DipRAM from the Royal Academy Opera Course.

Concert highlights include Ravel’s Chansons Madecasses at the Purcell Room, Rutter’s Feel the Spirit at the Barbican, Mahler’s Symphony No.2 at Cadogan Hall, Handel’s Messiah with Bordeaux Opera and at Birmingham Symphony Hall, Mozart’s Requiem with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and Verdi’s Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall. Operatic roles include Mrs Herring for Aldeburgh, Bianca in Rape of Lucretia for BYO, Noye’s Fludde in Westminster Cathedral, Wild Girl in A Village Romeo & Juliet for Wexford, Dorabella in Cosi with Jane Glover, Carmen for Kentish and Regents Opera, and Ino in Semele with Charles Mackerras.

Kate appears as soloist on Giles Swayne’s Stabat Mater (NAXOS), Strauss’ Deutsche Motette (Delphian), Villa Lobos’ Magnificat for Contraltino and Choir (Delphian) and Bach’s B Minor Mass (Sir John Eliot Gardiner/SDG).

Emily Blanch

Emily was born in Melbourne and is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. While still in Australia Emily won the Australian Singing Competition and the McDonald’s Aria, which led her to move to London to take up a scholarship at the Guildhall where she studied with Janice Chapman.

Emily has sung with Opera Holland Park as the High Priestess in Aida and as Miss Jessel in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. She has also been a returning member of English Touring Opera performing Eleonora in L’Assedio di Calais and as Cilla in Waxwings, a production for children with special education needs. Other performances include Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte and Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Pop Up Opera, Amelia in Simon Boccanegra, Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes, Wellgunde and Ortlinde in Wagner’s Ring with Fulham Opera and Eudora in Bellisaro for Chelsea Opera Group. Emily was a finalist in Fulham Opera’s inaugural Verdi Prize 2015.

This coming year Emily will return to Pop Up Opera as Elisetta in Il Matrimonio Segreto.