Saturday 12 May 2018, 7.30pm

Britten War Requiem, Brighton Dome

Britten Sinfonia
Orchestre de Picardie
Brighton Festival Chorus
Brighton Festival Youth Choir
Conductor: Arie van Beek
Soprano: Claire Booth
Tenor: Ian Bostridge
Bass: Gerald Finley

Drawing on the poetry of Wilfred Owen alongside the traditional words of the Requiem Mass, Britten’s War Requiem is both an eloquent tribute to the fallen of the Great War and a heartfelt plea for peace. This performance of a searing masterpiece also marks the centenary of the end of World War One.

The Chorus joins Britten Sinfonia and the Orchestre de Picardie, based in Amiens in the heart of what was the Western Front, for a unique British–French collaboration. A roster of top-flight soloists alongside the massed ranks of choral singers and instrumentalists promise an evening of unforgettable power.

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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.

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bfc reviews

  • "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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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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