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All Saints Church, Hove | James Morgan
Carmina Burana is one of the most popular choral works ever written, used in everything from TV adverts to horror films. This is because it’s so instantly memorable and conjures up so many strong visual images throughout its epic, sprawling, occasionally bonkers journey, from the menace of the opening to the heart stopping beauty of the soprano solo, In Trutina. BFC has a long association with the piece and recorded the version used so memorably in the Old Spice advert.
John Rutter holds a special place in contemporary choral music, with his often underrated ability to write well-crafted melodic, accessible and singable music. Of all his works, the Requiem is perhaps his most directly emotional and very much in the tradition of the gentler French twentieth century masterpieces by Fauré and Duruflé.