Summer Concert, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, University of Sussex

Sunrise - a concert of music for the summer.

Elgar, Serenade for Strings

Vaughan Williams, An Oxford Elegy

Richard Rodney Bennett, Letters to Lindbergh 

Barber, Adagio

Gjeilo, Sunrise Mass


Conductor: James Morgan

Chamber Domaine

Brighton Festival Chorus

Brighton Festival Youth Choir
Narrator: James Wilby


bfc reviews

  • "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."

BFC members have been contributing blog entries on the subject of John Adams' Harmonium that we have just performed in the closing concert of the Brighton Festival 2017.

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Summer Concert: Sunrise

Brighton Festival Chorus
Brighton Festival Youth Choir
Chamber Domaine
Conductor: James Morgan

Saturday 8thJuly2017 at 7.30pm

Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, University of Sussex

Tickets:  £18.50 or £12 concession for students and under 16s

Attenborough Centre Box Office: 01273 678822

The concert presents music for voices and strings. Chamber Domaine will play Elgarís Serenade for Strings, and Barberís well known Adagio for Strings.

Brighton Festival Youth Choir will perform Richard Rodney Bennettís Letters to Lindbergh, featuring poems by Martin Hall that quote whimsically from letters supposedly received by Charles Lindbergh during his non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic in 1927.

bfc will join Chamber Domaine for a performance of Vaughan Williamsí An Oxford Elegy and Ola Gjeiloís Sunrise Mass. The Vaughan Williams piece requires a narrator, and we are delighted to be joined by the distinguished actor, James Wilby.

The bfc Summer Concert promises to be a fitting start to the fundraising drive for its 50thanniversary season, embracing both traditional choral repertoire and more contemporary composition, inspired and influenced by both classical and popular culture.

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