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Bracknell Choral Society's  Spring Concert, Carmina Burana, will be on  Sunday 29th March 7pm in The Great Hall of Reading University, RG1 5AG.

Bracknell Choral Society will present Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, one of the most popular and exciting choral works of the twentieth century. Although originally written to be staged, the cantata will be performed as a choral piece, with soloists and a children's choir, accompanied by two pianos and a range of percussion.

The songs tell of the fickleness of fortune and wealth, the nature of life, the joy of Spring and the pleasures of drinking, gluttony, gambling and love. Much of the work is based on the turning Wheel of Fortune, beginning with the dramatic ‘O Fortuna’, which is well-known from its use in many films and adverts. The songs were originally based on 24 medieval secular poems discovered in Beuren in Bavaria in 1803, and they are sung in a mix of Latin, German and medieval French.

To complement this work , we are performing Ahoy! a piece for adult and children’s choir by Alexander l’Estrange. It was commissioned for the opening of the new state-of-the-art  Mary Rose Museum in 2013 as part of the annual Portsmouth Festivities. It features a variety of songs from Tudor times, along with sea shanties, folk songs and original music and  has been described as "a brilliantly inventive cantata ..... incorporating catchy tunes, toe-tapping shanties and some touching musical moments which is engaging and accessible."

The concert will be conducted by our Musical Director Greg Hallam, with Lucy Morris conducting The Taplow Children' Choir. Soloists are Elinor Rolfe Johnson, soprano, Roderick Morris, counter tenor and Geoff Williams, bass. Accompaniment will be provided by Nick Austin and Simon Dinsdale on piano with the Fusion Percussion Ensemble.

Tickets cost £18 (accompanied under -18's free) to include a programme and can be bought via our website  or from choir members.



Ascot's nearest choral group is Bracknell Choral Society, which performs three major concerts each year. We meet on Wednesday evenings in term time at Ranelagh School and are a very friendly crowd of some 100 singers. Come and try us! We have just ended our 50th Anniversary Year, having performed with several world-renowned soloists (eg: Dame Emma Kirkby, Andrew Foster-Williams). New singers are always welcome!

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