29. April 2008 · 3 comments · Categories: Ramble

There will be naked dancing girls, bungee ropes, a four-storey tower wreathed in fireworks and the theme from the Old Spice adverts amplified so that 18,000 people can hear it.

Puritannical music lovers should probably run for the hills: the stadium classical music gig is coming to Britain. O2 , the concert venue in the former Millennium Dome, announced yesterday that it will stage a monumental production of Carmina Burana next January.

It plans to follow Carl Orff’s frenetic and instantly recognisable work with productions of Carmen, Aida and The Nutcracker. A musical adaptation of Ben-Hur has also been mooted.

I don’t know that I’d call myself a “Purritannical music lover” but I know I’m not interested in hearing Carmina Burana in a stadium with 17,999 other people.

Thanks, anyway.



  1. I’m personally in favor of naked dancing girls (well, women) pretty much any time.

    Heck, they don’t even have to dance.

    My wife does not seem to share my opinion, though.

  2. i’m OK with naked dancing women only if there are also naked dancing men to even it out. otherwise it’s sexist. 🙂 i don’t know, maybe that’s a somewhat appropriate setting for carmina. isn’t it about libidinous young people in springtime?

  3. Oh indeed, Gabrielle … the words are something else. I remember the first time I heard the piece. I was in junior high at the time, and my sister was playing it with a youth orchestra. The director explained that he wasn’t going to provide a full translation! 😉

    Heck with the nudity … I just couldn’t stand the crowd!

    So are you going to give us a recital report sometime? 🙂