SLAITHWAITE Philharmonic Orchestra is planning a spectacular end to their season – a performance of Carmina Burana.
The orchestra will first perform Vaughan Williams 8th Symphony, one of the composer’s late works, at the Huddersfield Town Hall event on June 20 at 7.30pm.
They will then perform their grand finale, Carl Orff’s masterpiece, Carmina Burana.
The stage looks set to be packed with a fully-augmented symphony orchestra, with two grand pianos and an array of percussion – this piece needs six players after all.
The orchestra will be joined by singers from Slaithwaite Philharmonic Chorus, a choir specially assembled for this event.
It will also feature three top class soloists.
The SPO have enlisted Thom Meredith – Kirklees Music School principal and Colne Valley Male Voice Choir director – to sing the solo baritone part.
The other soloists are counter tenor Charles Humphries and soprano Catrine Kirkman.
Charles Humphries is director of Baroque Music at the Seychelles International Music Festival and has worked with distinguished conductors and directors including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Richard Hickox, Paul McCreesh, Robert King, Rinaldo Allessandrini, Nicholas McGegan, James O’Donnell, Trevor Pinnock and Lars Ulrik Mortensen.
Catrine, a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, has a busy solo singing schedule.
Orchestra secretary Chris Woodhead said: “The SPO is well known for putting on large and ambitious concerts and many have involved choirs, but we have never before put together our own chorus
“We started recruiting singers six months ago and we will have almost 200 voices on stage for the concert.”
The main body of the choir will include members of the Holmfirth Choral Society and the Sheffield Oratorio Chorus.
Tickets cost £14.50 to £9.50 (concessions £7.00) and are available from the Albion Street Information Centre on 01484 223200. Children accompanied by adults will be admitted free to the area and gallery.
SPO conductor Benjamin Ellin will lead a free pre-concert talk discussion about Carl Orff’s music and Carmina Burana at 6.15pm in the main concert hall.