Sunday 20th March, 2016
Brighton Philharmonic concert - The Dome, Brighton
Vaughan Williams - A Sea Symphony
Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra
Brighton Festival Chorus
Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
Vaughan Williams’ epic Sea Symphony has been a perennial favourite since its first performance in 1910. Setting poems by Walt Whitman, its large scale evokes the power and grandeur of the sea.
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Plans for 2016
The BFC is currently rehearsing two major choral works we will be performing in Brighton over the next few months. The first is A Sea Symphony by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Written between 1903 and 1909, this was one of the first symphonies in which a choir is used throughout the work. It helped pave the way for a new era of symphonic and choral music in Britain during the first half of the 20th century. We will be performing A Sea Symphony in the Brighton Dome under the baton of Barry Wordsworth on March 20.
The second piece we are rehearsing is for the Brighton Festival in May. It is a major and much-loved choral work, and we will be performing it in the Brighton Dome on May 22 - but we can't tell you what it is yet! All will be revealed when the Brighton Festival is officially launched in February.
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John Rutter: Requiem (All Saints, Hove)
John Rutter: Mass of the Children
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