Cottenham singers The TyrannoChorus choir at The Albert Hall

Sunday 10th July is the date, writes Siobhan Lihoreau Musical Director of Cottenham based singers The TyrannoChorus. A group of BigMouth (our adult community choir) and VoxPop (teenage choir) will be among the 400 voices singing Carmina Burana at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Not only that, but TongueTwisters, the TyrannoChorus children’s choir, will also be there. They will be part of the children’s choir along with older children from Harston and Newton School and a boys’ choir from Bromley in Kent. “Children and adults are very excited,”says Siobhan. “Can you imagine being 8 years old and singing a major part at the Royal Albert Hall? It’s fantastic. They’ll have their names on posters and in the programme. What a wonderful memory to have.”

Carmina Burana is an extraordinary choral work, probably the most frequently performed choral work of the 20th century. It was composed in 1936 by Carl Orff, using poems – mostly bawdy, irreverent and satirical, says the Classic FM website – written between the 11th and 13th centuries in medieval Latin, high German and old French/Occitane. There were over 1,000 of them and Orff set just 24 to music.
The title? Carmina means songs and Burana is the Latinised form of Beuren, the Bavarian town where the poems were discovered in a Benedictine monastery in 1803.

See the Royal Albert Hall website for details of the concert.

Find out more about The TyrannoChorus on their Facebook page.