It is the well-known popular work by Carl Orff, Carmina Burana, and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia at the Villa Marina.

Carmina Burana

Carl Orff described his 1936 composition, comprising 24 thirteenth-century poems as “the celebration of the human spirit through sexual and holistic balance”.

The composition appears in numerous films and television commercials. The “O Fortuna” opening and closing is played before the start of “The X Factor” and as the entrance theme for the judges.

This work is being conducted by Graham Kirkland who is better known to most of you as playing violin in the Isle of Man Symphony Orchestra next to Tom Field, leader of the orchestra.

Graham has rehearsed this work before when it was performed here by the BBC Philarmonic orchestra.

Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia Fantasy

This delightful piece features Judith Christian on piano.

Beethoven wrote his “Choral Fantasia” as a finale for a benefit concert in 1808. This was Beethoven’s last public appearance as a concert pianist before deafness terminated his virtuoso career. This 20-minute work in two movements is a real joy to sing: scored for piano, classical orchestra, Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass soloists, and chorus.