Earthly Delights & the Garden of Love

Saturday 7 July 2018, 7.45pm

New Hall, Winchester College

  • Bernstein (arr.Beeckmans): Candide - Overture

  • Bernstein (arr.Huff): West Side Story - Choral Suite

  • Orff: Carmina Burana

Emily Dickens, soprano

Simon Irwin, tenor

Andrew De Silva, baritone

The Choristers of Romsey Abbey

Roger Owens, piano

Francis Pott, piano

The Percussion Ensemble of London

Andrew Lumsden, conductor

About this Event

(Pre-concert drinks will be served in the Warden's Garden from 7pm, for which a separate ticket is required at £5 per person)

Medieval Latin and German poetry in praise of drinking and gambling combined with songs in praise of Spring, Fortune, Venus and the physical delights of love - yes, it can only mean one thing: the Waynflete Singers are performing Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. Based around thirteenth-century poems found in a Bavarian monastery, Orff's propulsive rhythms and earthy melodies will resound in Winchester College's New Hall on Saturday 7 July 2018, aided by the virtuoso keyboard skills of Francis Pott and Roger Owens and the Percussion Ensemble of London.

Tenor Simon Irwin will give his best imitation of a roasted swan and baritone Andrew de Silva will assume the role of a disreputable, gambling cleric, while soprano Emily Dickens will demurely express those most un-monastic emotions: growing feelings of love. Under the direction of Andrew Lumsden this ecclesiastical revolt will be kept firmly in hand and promises to be a rousing musical treat.

2018 marks the centenary of Leonard Bernstein's birth and also the sixtieth anniversary of West Side Story. We are delighted to be including in this concert Bernstein's West Side Story in the Choral Suite arrangement by Mac Huff. Shakespeare's 'star-cross'd lovers' also create disarray, and through the vision of Bernstein and Jerome Robbins, the teenage rebels of West Side Story form a landmark in the history of American musical theatre.

Our pianists will also play an arrangement for two keyboards of Bernstein's fun and frolicsome Overture to his opera Candide in an arrangement by Laurent Beeckmans.