Over 120 singers from all over Suffolk, Essex and beyond crammed into the hall at Thomas Gainsborough School in Sudbury on 9 March to sing the much-loved choral classic Carmina Burana. Nayland Choir organised the ‘Come and Sing’ event, which involved a full day’s rehearsal before an informal concert in front of friends and family.
Ben Vonberg-Clark, who has previously worked with the Roman River Festival as well as with choirs and schools across London, was the guest conductor. His rehearsals are known for their variety and flow and for the exuberance that results: energy levels remained high during the day (though the generous helpings of cake that were provided to participants may also have helped!). The resulting performance brimmed with confidence and excitement.
The Nayland Choir email account is bursting with messages from participants who enjoyed the experience. Music director Emma Bishton explains: “Carmina Burana is well-known and very popular with singers, but most choirs are too small to do it justice. We were delighted that people from across the region came, sang and enjoyed!”
Nayland Choir’s summer concert, Midsummer Cabaret, takes place on Friday 28 June in the Village Hall. Rehearsals start on 25 April at 8.00pm. Further details on this site in due course.