Reflection on the Orlando Consort

The choir began with a Latin version of sumeris icumen. I must confess that atfirst I did not have interest because I thought somebody shouldunderstand the language in order to enjoy the music. How wrong I was.I instantly fell in love with the high-pitched sounds of the choirmembers. The soprano was simply appealing. The instruments matchedthe rhythm of the singers. I could feel goose bumps on my skin atseveral points of the performance.

The thought of the fact that the song wascomposed in the 13thCentury made me realize a lot of things. I usually thought that theart of singing with instrumentals was a modern art. Bearing in mindthat the piano was invented in the 17thCentury, I thought that was as far as instrumentals could go. Theinstrumentals enhanced the voice of the singers. I could feel myheartbeat try to be in synchrony with the beats of the songs. Thecollaboration between the voices of the singers and the instrumentscreated an amazing result. Throughout the performance, I wished thatI could also learn the lyrics to the song so that I could sing duringmy shower karaoke sessions.

In conclusion, I feel that the preservation ofage-old traditions in the choir is the secret to its success.According to the brochure, the choir has passed down its songs toincoming generations since the 11thCentury. The lyrics are not on a piece of paper. In an age whereevery choir strives to sound as modern as possible, I think theOrlando Consort has managed to occupy the niche of supplying themodern society with medieval music.