Sunday 26 May, 7.30pm

The Dome, Brighton

Beethoven - Piano Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C major Op. 56
Michael Tippett - A Child of Our Time

The closing concert of this year's Brighton Festival is Tippett's A Child of Our Time. This powerful oratorio was inspired by the assassination in 1938 of a German diplomat by a young Jewish refugee, and the Nazi government's violent reaction against its Jewish population, which became known as "Kristallnacht".

Philharmonia Orchestra
Brighton Festival Chorus
Trio Isimsiz
Conductor: Roderick Cox
Soprano: Gweneth Ann Rand
Mezzo Soprano: Ronnita Miller
Tenor: Noah Stewart
Bass: Jonathan Lemalu



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.

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Tippett's A Child of Our Time: a warning from history

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André Previn

We were saddened to learn of the recent death of conductor and composer André Previn. Brighton Festival Chorus was privileged to work extensively with him during the 1980s and early 1990sSee our News page.


The Year So Far

2018 was a particularly busy year for us, as it was our 50th anniversary and we performed both around the UK and in France. Much of this was made possible thanks to the generous support of members, friends, ex-members, sponsors and other benefactors.

We started 2019 with a recording in Abbey Road Studios, London in January. In March we gave a spring concert with the Youth Choir, where we performed, amongst other pieces, Britten's Saint Nicolas. We are now on final rehearsals for the closing concert in this year's Brighton Festival - Michael Tippett's great oratorio, A Child of Our Time, on May 26.


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