Coronavirus

Following the latest government advice about unnecessary social contact during the coronavirus epidemic, we sadly had to take the decision to postpone our Spring concert. We will aim to reschedule this concert to a date In the autumn.  If you had already purchased a ticket you will have the option of holding on to it, and it will be honoured for the revised date. Alternatively, we can provide a full refund. Full details of the process will be made public soon. Meanwhile, see our News page.

Our forthcoming concert in the Royal Albert Hall has also been cancelled, and Brighton Festival has been cancelled for the first time in its 53 year history, and our two concerts with it.

Brighton Festival Chorus exists to sing and make music, so these are sad times for us. Stay safe, and we hope to see you at one of our concerts when the world returns to normality.

 

bfc reviews

  • "The orchestra were joined by the Brighton Festival Chorus, a choir on absolute top form delivering Tippet’s A Child of Our Time with an air of confidence and sensitivity. Conductor Roderick Cox had chorus and soloists in the palms of his elegant hands and the whole simply moved along with both ease and power."

  • "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."

We are a hardworking symphony chorus of around 180 singers, based in Sussex. We are privileged to work with many of the world’s most notable conductors, soloists and orchestras. We perform in some of the major concert halls in the UK and Europe.


 

BFC Lunch

Because of Coronavirus, our planned BFC lunch is postponed, but not forgotten!

Please rest assured that our  planned lunch WILL eventually go ahead and everyone who has so far expressed an interest will be contacted when we are able to make a new date.  Any other past and present members who would like to join us are most welcome.  We look forward to celebrating with you soon!

If you have any queries, please contact Barbara Green, Friends and Patrons Co-ordinator at barbarabfg@hotmail.co.uk 

 

Join Us

We are always on the lookout for new members. However, because of government advice on coronavirus, we have suspended all rehearsals until further notice. We hope to resume singing in the autumn. If you are interested in joining us, please watch this space and contact us when things have returned to normal.

 


 

BFC members regularly contribute blog entries on what it is like to rehearse and perform with a large symphony chorus. However, in these days of Coronavirus the blogs focus more on how to get through self-isolation!

Read our blog page

 

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Brighton Festival Chorus is pleased to be supported by Howarth of London and Brighton and Sussex Medical School