Classical music
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Life, Death and Shameless Excess

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

Sex, drink and roasted swans: the medieval monks who wrote the words to Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana certainly knew how to enjoy themselves.

There’s nothing – repeat, nothing – sacred about Orff’s outrageous (and unmistakably secular) choral showstopper; just terrific melodies, unstoppable energy and some thoroughly bad behaviour.

It’s the climax of this showcase concert for the London Philharmonic Choir.

But the evening begins with the heartfelt Stabat Mater that the former bad boy of French music composed after the death of a close friend –and after discovering a spirituality, he said, that ‘smells of orange blossom or jasmine’.


London Philharmonic Orchestra
Jérémie Rhorer conductor
Louise Alder soprano
Toby Spence tenor
Simon Keenlyside baritone
London Philharmonic Choir
Tiffin Boys' Choir


Poulenc: Stabat mater
Orff: Carmina Burana

Dates & times

13 Oct 2018
Approximate run time: 125 mins
Run times may vary, find out more


Royal Festival Hall


£10 - £65
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

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Multi-buy discount
Book multiple London Philharmonic Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount: 3 – 4 events (10% discount); 5 – 7 events (15% discount); 8 – 10 events (20% discount); 11 – 14 events (25% discount); 15 or more events (30% discount). Events must be in the 2018/19 season.


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Book multiple London Philharmonic Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount.
3 – 4 events (10% discount)
5 – 7 events (15% discount)
8 – 10 events (20% discount)
11 – 14 events (25% discount)
15 or more events (30% discount)
These discounts are not available for the following concerts: Die Walküre, (27 Jan 2018) and Gala evening with Juan Diego Florez, (29 Mar 2019)