Can you imagine the thrill of conducting thousands of voices in the Royal Albert Hall? Well I've been lucky enough to be doing that for five or six years, now as Principal Conductor of The Really Big Chorus: 1,500 voices for Verdi's Requiem, for example, 3,000 for The Armed Man and—the really big one— almost 4,000 for the annual Messiah from Scratch. It's unbelievable! And now there's Carl Orff's blockbusting Carmina Burana to look forward to on 10 July. If any piece of music demands a massive and mighty bunch of singers, it's that one and I can hardly wait for that unforgettable opening impact, when over 1,500 wide-open throats let rip!