Burana & Opera Concert - November 2004
November 21, the Kentish Opera chorus took a break from performing
in operas at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley. Instead, they
joined the Kentish Opera Orchestra, the Bromley Philharmonic
Choir, the Bromley Boy Singers and the Carroll Singers for a
very special event at Croydon's Fairfield Concert Hall.
The Primrose Foundation is committed
to the fight against breast cancer in the Bromley area and wants
to build a new centre on part of the old Farnborough Hospital
site. To help raise money for the venture, Kentish Opera led
an initiative to perform Carmina Burana, Carol Orff's magical,
powerful, but sensual setting of poems found in an old Bavarian
Abbey in 1803.
The main theme is called O Fortuna
which has now become one of the most popular chorus pieces ever
written. You don't have to be a music lover to recognize its
drive and passion that accompanies many television commercials
or any activity that needs to make an instant impact.
The concert hall was virtually
full for the event which also included extracts form popular
operas and, not surprisingly, Nessun Dorma was greeted by rapturous
applause. Sung by tenor Paul Badley, it was an impressive performance.
For the main work, both the tenor
and the baritone, Paul Napier-Burrows, are expected to perform
a few vocal gymnastics that were handled with great vocal skills.
Together with soprano Yvonne Patrick, the trio brought truly
professional skills to the event.
The choirs and orchestra were conducted
by Robyn Sevastos whose enthusiasm and skill ensured and inspired
performance of the Orff work.
Information about the Primrose
Foundation can be found on its web site. Log on to www.primrosefoundation.org.uk.
December 2nd 2004