Saturday 23 March

Spring Concert, All Saints Church, Hove

The programme will include:

  • Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
  • Elgar - Nimrod (from The Enigma Variations), arranged for string orchestra
  • Britten - St Nicolas
  • works by Holst and Imogen Heap, performed by the Youth Choir.

Brighton Festival Chorus
Brighton Festival Youth Choir
Conductor: James Morgan



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."

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A New Year

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. We are now rehearsing for a spring concert on March 23 with the Youth Choir, where we will perform, amongst other pieces, Britten's Saint Nicolas. After that we have a major concert in Brighton Festival. This year we will perform Michael Tippett's great oratorio, A Child of Our Time, on May 26.


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