Carmina Burana for World AIDS Day 2004

Encouraged by the success of our rendition of Vivaldi's Gloria, we took on the challenge of performing Carl Orff's extraordinary Carmina Burana, and judging by the standing ovation we received at the end, we pulled it off. The music was exciting enough, but an added frisson was provided by the fear that due to the precarious state of the electrics we wondered whether the entire venue would be plunged into darkness at any second. Edge of your seat stuff ...

The performance took place in the beautiful, but chilly, St. Andrew's Church in Waterloo Street, Hove, a building being preserved on behalf of the nation by the Churches Conservation Trust. We used Orff's two piano and percussion arrangement: Matthew Pollard was Musical Director, Basil Richmond and Glen Capra played piano whilst Will Fry, Adam Bushell and Tom Norrell played percussion. We were also graced with two fine soloists - Soprano Elisabeth Wingfield and Baritone Ian Macdonald.

The members of the choir were:

Sopranos - Jen Green, Sharon Krummel and Amanda Spooner
Counter-Tenor - Michael Gough
Altos - Jill Cannon, Tanya Izzard, Hannah Latham and Gillian Stevenson
Tenors - Russell Brewerton, Adam Clarke, Iain Fleming, Angela Goodall, Simon Hincks, Daniel Kirwan, Scott McPherson, David Pitts and Stephen Watson
Basses - David Caffery, Sam Chambers, Matthew Cook, Gordon Ferguson, Luc Harvengt, John Hood, David Hoyle, Liam O'Shea and Craig Thomas

The programme was:
Happy Together - Full Choir
Joanna - Ian Macdonald
The Vain Desire - Ian Macdonald
Aria: Mi Chiamano Mimi - Elisabeth Wingfield
Duet: O Soave Fanciulla - Elisabeth Wingfield and Ian Macdonald
Fie Nay Prithee John & Pox on You for a Fop - Matthew Cook, Gordon Ferguson and David Hoyle
The Night - Full Choir
Peace - Full Choir


Carmina Burana - Full Choir, Elisabeth Wingfield and Ian Macdonald

You can hear a couple of tracks from this performance
We made a donation of £1,000 to the Sussex Beacon from the proceeds of this concert. Nice one.

Vivaldi's Gloria for the Brighton Festival

We had performed two movements a capella from this piece in 2003 and when Matt (our Musical Director) said he reckoned that we could perform the entire piece there were indeed doubts amongst the ranks. However, next May there were were accompanied by the Brighton String Quartet with Ellie Blackshaw & Ester Ward-Caddle and performing the whole piece! This was the first time that Rainbow Chorus had performed with an orchestra - and it was a new experience for us and one which we very much enjoyed, setting the pattern for a number of our future concerts.
Some other pieces we performed were the beautiful Locus Iste by Bruckner, Ave Verum Corpus by Mozart and Ave Maria by Mascagni. You can hear a couple of tracks from this performance