Saturday, 14 July

Duruflé Requiem, Abbaye de Saint-Riquier, Baie de Somme, France

Orchestre de Picardie
Conductor: Arie van Beek

BFC will travel to the Somme region of France to perform this concert as part of the Festival de l'Abbaye de Saint-Riquier. We will be singing under Arie van Beek, who was our conductor for the Britten War Requiem we performed in this year's Brighton Festival. 


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.


BFC Bike Ride
20-24 June 2018

Alastair Deighton, one of our intrepid and incredibly fit BFC tenors, has taken up the ultimate challenge - to cycle around England encompassing twelve of the many venues in which we have sung since 1968. This will be 760 miles in 5 days!  

His target is to raise £2,000 and he is suggesting 1p per mile as a starting point i.e. £7.60 (though 2p or 3p per mile would be equally acceptable!)

If you would like to contribute, please fill in this sponsorship form and return it to BFC.

If you would like to cheer Alastair on his way, you can use this list of each venue he will be passing, and the time he will be passing it.


Secret Garden, Lewes
Sunday 24 June 2018, 2-5.30pm

Nearly a hundred years ago two sisters acquired the gardens of nine of their neighbours and created a wonderful garden that is one of the best-kept secrets of Lewes. It is rarely open to the public, but on Sunday June 24 this secret garden will be open to raise funds as part of the BFC 50 Appeal. You can find it at the eastern end of Grange Road in Lewes. Click on the links below to find out more:


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


Alastair’s Epic Bike Ride

Day 4 – Sat 23 June 2018

Another 129.6 miles covered, 9.31 hours in the saddle and 5,866 feet of elevation - all in aid of the BFC 50th Anniversary Appeal.

Well done to Alastair Deighton, our tireless tenor. The challenge continues! For more, click here.

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. Read about them on our blog page.

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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