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Carmina Burana: City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), Freddy Kempf, Fflur Wyn, Oliver Johnston, Leigh Melrose, CBSO Chorus, CBSO Children's Chorus, Michael Seal
Monks behaving badly: the medieval priests who wrote the words to Carmina Burana were definitely partial to the odd flagon of ale – or roasted swan! There’s nothing – repeat, nothing – sacred about Orff’s outrageous cantata; just terrific tunes and thoroughly reprehensible fun.
Michael Seal gets the party started with Arnold Bax, and Freddy Kempf plays all the notes in rather more than just the right order, in Grieg’s ever-popular Piano Concerto.
Founded in 1920, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has always had an illustrious career. In fact, the first concert was conducted by Sir Edward Elgar. The orchestra has grown into a 90-piece ensemble with a worldwide reputation.
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Freddy Kempf came to national prominence in 1992 when he won the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition following a memorable performance of Rachmaninov's Paganini Variations. Today he is one of the most important young classical artists on the world stage. He has since performed at the very highest level, including most recently with the Philadelphia Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, CBSO, San Francisco Symphony, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
'Kempf shaped lines with delicacy and insight, yet it was the balance with an impetuous Beethovian fire that lifted the performance of the third concerto on to a higher level' (The Guardian)
'The delicacy of his touch was almost excruciating... His right-hand twinkled like a music box... The subtle, refined tenderness of Kempf’s musicianship keeps you leaning in... Kempf has the ability to turn his hand to every mood and style
necessary' (Time Out).
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Welsh soprano, Fflur Wyn, graduated with a B.Mus(Hons). and Dip.RAM from the Royal Academy of Music London, where she studied with Beatrice Unsworth and Clara Taylor. She is the recipient of many awards and scholarships which include First Prize and Audience Prize at the National Handel Competition, the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary, the London Welsh Young Singer of the Year, the Bryn Terfel Scholarship and the MOCSA Young Welsh Singer Prize.
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London-born tenor, Oliver Johnston is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music where has won many awards, including a Countess of Munster Scholarship and the prestigious Maidment Scholarship. He is generously supported by the Sickle Foundation, The Mills Williams Foundation and the Josephine Baker Trust.
Operatic performances include Melchior in the world premiere of Wakening Shadow with the London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Jurowski; the tenor sailor Billy Budd in New York with Sir Mark Elder; Stroh Intermezzo for Garsington Opera; and Giuseppe La Traviata, Wirt Der Rosenkavalier (cover) and Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi for Glyndebourne Opera. Other roles include Pedrillo Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Sellem The Rake's Progress, Rodolfo La Bohème, title role Albert Herring, and Pylade Iphigénie en Tauride.
A keen recitalist, Oliver has performed at London's Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, the London Handel Festival and the Chichester Festival. Oliver recently recorded a previously unheard Schubert cantata as part of BBC Radio 3 Schubertiade Series.
Engagements this season and beyond include Ferrando Cosi fan tutte (cover) for Scottish Opera, Second Nazarene Salome for the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and debuts for the Opéra national de Bordeaux and Opera North.
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The CBSO Chorus is one of the world’s great choirs – 180 people from all walks of life who come together to sing symphonic choral music. Trained for over 30 years by Simon Halsey CBE, its main role is to perform with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra on tour and at its home, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall. But it’s also an ensemble with a global reputation in its own right, a hard-working team of “amateur professionals” who give up their own time to perform the most challenging works in the choral repertoire to the highest international standard.
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