Forthcoming Performances & Events
Friday, 1st July 2016, 7.30pm
Summer concert - All Saints Church, The Drive, Hove
A concert to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, with music and poetry closely connected both to Sussex and to the battle. The programme will include works by Vaughan Williams, Francis Purcell Warren, Herbert Howells and Hubert Parry, and readings from Owen, Sassoon and Hodgson.
James Morgan - Conductor
Brighton Festival Chorus
Brighton Festival Youth Choir
Tickets: £20, £15 and £5 for students and under 16s
Group discounts and concessions available.
Dome Box Office, 01273 709709 or www.brightonticketshop.com.
Elgar recording - London
We will be recording some works by Elgar, with Barry Wordsworth and the BBC Concert Orchestra. There will be two recording sessions in London - the first in September and the second in March 2017.
Brighton Philharmonic concert - The Dome, Brighton
We will be performing the Brahms German Requiem, with the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by James Morgan.
Further details to be announced.
"The wall of sound that is Vaughan Williams’ monumental Sea Symphony provided a thrilling climax, with soloists Elin Pritchard (soprano) and Nicholas Lester (baritone) soaring magnificently over a very energised and responsive Brighton Festival Chorus."
"The brilliantly executed Sea Symphony of Vaughan Williams ..."
"The magnificent swell of music in the Vaughan Williams piece meant most of the words merged into a seamless seascape of sound conjured between the excellent Brighton Festival Chorus and the expressive orchestra. The choir lapped gently one moment, then sent powerful waves crashing to shore."
"Brighton Festival Chorus are always impressive but for this anniversary performance they pulled out all the stops. Bach’s complex score, peppered with contrapuntal lines and soaring solos is a tough ask and for their 500th anniversary they performed it without scores, a feat in itself. A feat however only worthwhile if you get it right – and this they did. Driven skillfully by conductor James Morgan and the Chamber Domaine this was a memorable afternoon of sublime music. It is in performances of this calibre that one sees why the Brighton Festival Chorus has such an impressive international reputation and for that I salute them."
J S Bach: St John Passion (Brighton Dome)
"The evening's programme drew to a close with the intense neo-classicism of Stravinsky's short but intense Symphony of Psalms. In both sets of psalms, we were treated to the full glory of the Brighton Festival Chorus, swinging and even barking as required in the Bernstein; and bringing hushed dignity and poise to the Stravinsky. How appropriate that in this, the closing large-scale concert of this year's Brighton Festival, the laurels should belong to this excellent ensemble, whose reputation and renown, deservedly, continue to bring pride to the city."
Leonard Bernstein: Chichester Psalms (Brighton Dome)
Igor Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms
"There is something fundamentally moving about hearing dozens of human voices singing in harmony and this performance by the 130 members of Brighton Festival Chorus was both uplifting and enriching. Under the baton of James Morgan, this internationally renowned choir produced an impeccable delivery of two choral works by John Rutter."
John Rutter: Requiem (All Saints, Hove)
John Rutter: Mass of the Children
"...we were treated to the full force of the Brighton Festival Chorus who proved once again to be a choir to be reckoned with...a powerful rendering of the mass...What a pleasure it was to have a final concert that was so popular with a near capacity audience..."
Mozart: Mass in C minor (Brighton Dome)
"What a cracking start to the orchestral concerts at Brighton's cheery and eclectic festival. Two John Adams classics began and ended this programme: his pulsatingly mercurial Short Ride in a Fast Machine ... and Harmonium, the ecstatic choral splurge that first made his reputation back in 1981. They were hurled out with verve and no little stamina by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Brighton Festival Chorus..."
John Adams: Harmonium (Brighton Dome)
"Brighton Festival Chorus brought the evening to a thrilling conclusion that brought the house down."
Mahler: 2nd Symphony (Brighton Dome)