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Open Air Performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.

Most Participants ever in Kentwell hall's ambitious project.
Local performers sought...

Kentwell Hall, the beautiful Tudor Moated Mansion in East Anglia is well-known for ambitious projects such as its Re-Creations of Tudor Domestic Life and its Re-Enactments of Wartime Britain. For the year 2000 Kentwell is preparing a number of spectacles. One of the most ambitious is that planned for Sunday 31st July. Then Kentwell Hall intends to put on a performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.

But no ordinary performance this. First Carmina Burana is seldom put on in the Open Air because cover may be lacking for the large number of performers usually involved. Secondly, Kentwell proposes a really massive number of participants playing and singing.

"I have been a great admirer of the Opus since I first heard it many years ago," says Patrick Phillips of Kentwell, " and have been planning for years to put on a performance at Kentwell, which I believe, should provide the most ideal setting for the work. It is also a wonderful work with which to celebrate the year 2000."

The piece normally requires massed choirs, double orchestra and much extra timpani, so who has Patrick Phillips in mind to perform it ?

Local performers - "I hope to bring together amateur musicians from all over East Anglia who would welcome the challenge to become involves in such a major project," he says. "There are many excellent musicians in our area and I would like to give them an opportunity to combine to do something unusual."

"Ideally I would hope that both orchestral units and choirs who could rehearse the work on their own and then come to Kentwell on a number of occasions for final rehearsals to bring it all together."

Standard of Performing? - "We shall, of course, be looking for a certain minimum standard of performance but groups should not be deterred from applying."

The Soloists and the extra Timpani? - "Again I would prefer local artists if we can find suitable ones of the right quality", he says "As to the extra Timpani, this is more difficult as major timpani are in short supply. If we cannot find them locally we may have to import specialists."

And occasional singers? - "Yes, there may even be scope for those who sing well but not regularly to join in at the time of the final rehearsals."

The Location? - "We shall place the Choirs and Orchestra in the Courtyard and have the audience on the Front Lawns", Patrick Phillips added, "It not only provides a stunning back drop but forms an excellent natural amphitheastre with a good acoustic and should require no amplification."

Any groups of players (including senior school orchestras or choirs) wishing to be considered as Participants in the project should contact

For further information: contact Patrick Phillips or Nicola Carr at Kentwell on telephone number 01787 310 207.

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