Sunday 14 October, 2.45pm

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, Brighton Dome

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra
Brighton Festival Chorus
Conductor: Barry Wordsworth

As part of a varied programme we will be performing some of the Elgar music for chorus and orchestra from the CD we recorded with Barry Wordsworth last year.


bfc 50 appeal

Chorus members will be holding fund-raising events throughout the year to raise money for our BFC 50 Appeal. Do come along and support us.


Open Rehearsal

Tuesday 16 October, 7.15pm
Medical School Lecture Theatre, University of Sussex

Ever wondered what it is like to sing with a large symphony chorus? Well, now you can find out!

If you enjoy singing, come along to our annual Open Rehearsal and sing with us for an evening. Afterwards, you are very welcome to join us for a drink, chat to members, and find out about membership. Scores will be provided - all you need to do is turn up and sing!


bfc reviews

  • "This performance was so vivid, the magisterial orchestral playing and the brilliance of all that brass, James Rutherford’s dramatic delivery, both imperiously loud and truly menacing when quiet, and the clarity of the chorus singing. I could hear every word and the meticulous attention to dynamics, especially the subito piano moments, was particularly impressive."

  • "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."

  • "Throughout the Brighton Festival Chorus is excellent, with impeccably clear diction and complete assurance, whether in the contemplative sections or the richly scored dramatic ones. And although in no way overlooking the fine singing of the sopranos and altos, it is a real pleasure to hear such full-hearted singing from tenors and basses as here."

BFC members regularly contribute blog entries on what it is like to rehearse and perform with a large symphony chorus.

Read our blog page


Carol Competition

Are you a composer? Would you like to write a carol and have it performed by BFC and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at our Christmas concert? See our News page for details!

Sponsored by Howarth of London 


Calling All Past Members

If you are a past member of BFC, we would like to invite you to our big 50th birthday party in September. If you would like to come and have not already received an invitation, please send your contact details to


BFC 50th Anniversary Appeal: £50k for 50!

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of Brighton Festival Chorus, and we have planned a whole year of celebratory events, concerts and special performances. To celebrate this great milestone, we have launched an appeal to raise £50,000. The money raised will support this season’s exciting programme and will enable us to create new relationships and establish a stable funding base for the future. Thanks to the generous support of members, friends, ex-members and others, we are well on the way to reaching this target.

Chorus members are holding numerous fund-raising events throughout the year.

Here is an ideal opportunity to support one of the country’s top choruses, by attending events and by donating directly to our Appeal. Click here to find out how to donate.


Message From our Founder

I am immensely proud of Brighton Festival Chorus and all that we achieved together. Their distinctive sound has been greatly admired by the many conductors who have worked with the Chorus from the beginning. I wish them every success for the next fifty years!

Laszlo Heltay, Founding Music Director

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