Past Concerts

Come Sing with Us - Carmina Burana

Monday 1 May 2017, 10:30 a.m
Concert Hall, Mayfield School

Mayfield Festival Choir invite you to come and take part in a day of medieval debauchery as seen through the eyes of the Turbulent Thirties.

Audience-only tickets now also available for the final performance at 18:30.

This event marks the 80th anniversary of the first performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. The music of this scenic cantata is known just as well for its accompaniment of the 1970s Old Spice advertisement (the octogenarian Orff must have been so proud!) as for its many appearances in concert halls around the world. The 11th-13th century poems are about wealth, eating, drinking, gambling, and lust – timeless subjects indeed. The virtuoso choir writing is complemented by three solo voices, all of whom push the envelope with their peculiarly high vocal ranges. And in this performance, the 1956 instrumentation will be used: authorized by the composer, in this version two pianos are joined by six percussionists. The sounds are raw and orgiastic; the percussive sound of the grand pianos is matched by six percussionists playing for all they’re worth: an electrifying soundworld that is both primitive and sophisticated at the same time.

After choir rehearsals during the day, the evening run-through of Carmina Burana will be preceded by Stravinsky’s rarely-heard two-piano version of The Rite of Spring – another unexpectedly effective and terrifying way of serving up a modern classic in its bare bones. Whether you do or do not know either Carmina Burana or The Rite of Spring, this day will change your life, and it will be a long time before you search for the full orchestral version of either piece.

Experience level:

To get the most from the day it is expected that singers will either have looked at the music beforehand, or be an able sight-reader. 

Reserve your place:

A singing ticket costs £20 and includes score hire, tea and coffee, and the Rite of Spring performance.

Audience-only tickets at £10 are now available for the final performance at 18:30.

Tickets are now available online or by telephone

Book online

or by telephone 0333 666 3366

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  • 10.30 – 11.30 Registration
  • 11.30 – 13.30 Choir & piano rehearsal
  • 13.30 – 15.00 Choir lunch
  • 15.00 – 17.00  Choir and instrumental rehearsal
  • 17.00 – 18.30 Choir supper
  • 18.30 – 20.30 Rite of Spring & Carmina Burana performances


Tea and coffee at lunch and supper are included in the singing ticket price. Bring a flask with you if you need a drink on arrival and your own packed lunch.


A “Bowl of Chilli” supper (£6.50) is available to order online when you purchase your ticket.

Dress code:

There is no particular dress code for the day or evening performance. The soloists will be in smart-casual.


Parking is available in several locations in the village:

  • Lower Staff and Student Car Park at Mayfield School. Please enter only by the lower gates (the first turning on right after leaving the A267 at the northern entrance to the village). The school will be in session, so please strictly obey all parking signs and do not drive through the site.
  • Mayfield Memorial Hall. There is lots of parking in front of the hall and in the over flow parking behind.
  • South Street Car Park. Take the small lane between Mace and Walnut Tree House and the car park entrance is at the end.
  • On-Street Parking. There is some on-street parking on the left hand side of the road between the Mayfield School Lower Entrance and the Mayfield Memorial Hall.
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