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Edinburgh Festival Chorus Mlso2020

Edinburgh Festival Chorus: Carmina Burana

The voices of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus come together from afar in an inspiring recorded performance.

Orff 'O Fortuna' & 'Ecce Gratum' Carmina Burana
By arrangement with Schott Music Ltd.

Each year, the Edinburgh Festival Chorus brings together singers from across Scotland to perform with some of the world’s greatest orchestras, conductors and soloists. The chorus is at the heart of the International Festival’s vibrant celebration of creative community. Although this year they will not get the opportunity to sing in concerts in Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, this innovative project has allowed them to come together in difficult times.   

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From their own homes, over 120 chorus members have rehearsed and recorded themselves singing two movements of Orff’s thrilling Carmina Burana. The resulting recordings and videos have then been carefully mixed together by a dedicated sound engineer and film editor to recreate the unmistakable grandeur of ‘O Fortuna’ and optimistic energy of ‘Ecce Gratum’ in all their richness. 

Audiences can enjoy this immersive audiovisual experience on our website and YouTube channel, celebrating the Chorus as an embodiment of the Festival City. Their performance will also be used to bring this year’s special virtual edition of the Edinburgh International Culture Summit to a magnificent close.

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Edinburgh Festival Chorus 
Aidan Oliver Chorus Director 
Carl Orff 'O Fortuna' & 'Ecce Gratum' from Carmina Burana by arrangement with Schott Music Ltd. 

8-31 August 2020

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book or watch. The 2021 programme will be announced in June.

In the absence of the live performances that we all cherish, this project will give us a magnificent way to project our spirit as a chorus not only to our usual Festival audience but much more widely as well.

Aidan Oliver, Chorus Director