Choir is Orff to a success

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It comprises poems from the 13th century found in a monastery in Bavaria in Germany and written by wandering monks disaffected with society and religious life.

Orff selected 24 poems and songs from the collection of 200 and grouped them into three sections: spring, the tavern and the court of love.

It starts and finishes with a reminder that everything is subject to the whim of Fortune, Empress of the World.


The opening piece O Fortuna will be familiar to almost everyone and is one of the most popular pieces of music having featured in commercial for Old Spice, Finish, Fiat and Carling Black Label and in films such as Excalibur and The Hunt for Red October.

In Carmina Burana the choir will be joined by the choir of Kirkham Grammar School.

The concert will start with the choir singing a set of songs composed by Edward Elgar to poems written by his wife Alice. Completing the first half will be a group of piano duets written by Richard Rodney Bennett and played by Andrew Barratt, the choir’s musical director and head of music at Kirkham Grammar School and his brother Tim, a concert pianist.

Tickets cost £10 (£11 on the door) and can be obtained from choir members or selected shops in Ansdell, Kirkham, Lytham and St Annes.