Wednesday 4 Feb 2015, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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David Hill conductor

The Bach Choir choir

Kodály Missa Brevis

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Orff Carmina Burana

Carmina Burana is one of the most iconic choral works of the 20th century, with its opening chorus, O Fortuna, well-known to audiences of all ages. Composed in 1936, Orff based the work on a series of 24 secular medieval poems, which cover a range of subjects including the perils of drinking, gluttony and lust. Composed a few years later, during the second world war, Kodály's Missa Brevis is a melodic 'hymn to hope', characterised by the composer's deeply felt response to the plight of his nation.