Sunday, 11th December 2016, 4.00pm
Christmas concert - The Dome, Brighton
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Brighton Festival Chorus
Brighton Festival Youth Choir
conducted by James Morgan.
Mezzo-soprano: Juliette Pochin
Tenor: Nicky Spence
"Without any doubt the heroes of the performance were Brighton Festival Chorus. Singing from memory brought a bite and clarity to the performance which is rare these days... The snarl and rasp of the demons, the purity of the angels, the hushed whispers of the family around the bed -all were perfectly characterised with dynamic range and beauty of line to enhance the impact of the text."
"Elgar's Gerontius is powerfully operatic in its dramatic timing and atmosphere, particularly as performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with the Brighton Festival Chorus... The packed and rapturous audience were responding to something spiritual beyond mortal understanding...Edward Gardner... seemed connected to every musician and chorister...the Festival Chorus managed huge sounds and whispered echoes with consummate ease."
"'Conductor Edward Gardner... drove the work forward with a confidence that allowed the huge sound required for so many parts to never overpower the solo voices or indeed the quieter orchestral moments....Force and delicacy were perfectly balanced as were the excellent soloists... Brighton Festival Chorus were in absolutely top form, again delicate where required but thunderously powerful too, once again proving them to be a choral ensemble of real quality."
Don't forget our traditional Christmas concert on December 11 in the Brighton Dome.
Get in the festive spirit with all the family, and join in with this joyous and humorous celebration of the very best of Christmas music, including the opportunity to sing along to your favourite carols.
There is a chance during the concert for one lucky person to try their hand at conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Brighton Festival Chorus in the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah! For details, click on our News page.