Spring flooded into Rochester on Sunday evening as the sound of Carl Orff’s famous Carmina Burana filled the Cathedral. This spectacular event was our largest concert ever produced. Conducted by Director of Music, Douglas McIlwraith, and accompanied by a 100 strong Choir and the Orchestra Roffensis, professional singers, Laure Melroy (soprano), John Pierce (tenor) and Simon Thorpe (bass), raised the roof in a spectacular performance of this majestic piece. The concert saw the debut of the King’s Rochester Chorus which is made up of both current and former King’s pupils, parents, staff and friends of the School who proved themselves to be highly accomplished in their rendition of this often challenging choral work.
The packed audience was then delighted by a selection of popular arias by the internationally critically-acclaimed singers. We were honoured to welcome back back former King’s music scholar Tabitha Reynolds (mezzo soprano) who returned to sing Elgar's Sea Pictures. Since leaving King’s Rochester in 2012, Tabitha, 22, has been studying at the Royal College of Music where she gained a full scholarship upon entrance.