Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore


Leonard BernsteinChichester Psalms
Carl OrffCarmina Burana
Toby YoungMy Letter to the World (world premiere)


Gareth Brynmor John – baritone
Christopher Monks – Director
Fflur Wyn – Soprano

Armonico Consort

Programme Note

As part of the Royal Albert Hall’s 150th season, Armonico Consort gives a blockbuster performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with soprano Fflur Wyn and Kathleen Ferrier award-winning baritone Gareth Brynmor John.     

Opening with the famous chorus ‘O Fortuna’, Carmina Burana takes 24 medieval poems on topics as diverse as gluttony, gambling and lust, the joys of Spring and the fickleness of fortune.  Written in the 1930s, Orff described Carmina Burana as a ‘scenic cantata’ made up of “secular songs for soloists and choruses, accompanied by instruments and magic images”. 

The concert opens with Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, itself a masterpiece demonstrating the composer’s brilliance, and an attractive new commission by Armonico Consort’s composer in residence Toby Young, My Letter to the World.  

The concert is part of Armonico Consort’s 20th anniversary celebrations.

Fflur Wyn (photo: Cat Arwel)

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