Brighton Festival Closing Concert

The Dome, Sunday 28th May 2017, 7.30pm

The closing conert in this year's Brighton Festival will include John Adams' great choral masterpiece, Harmonium. We last performed it in the 2009 Festival. On this occasion we will be joined by Britten Sinfonia and conductor Diego Masson.

John Adams (born 1947) is an American composer of classical music and opera, with strong roots in minimalism. Harmonium was his first major orchestral commission (from the San Francisco Symphony) and the first time he had written for choir. It was first performed in 1981, and turned out to be his breakthrough piece.

Further information and book tickets here.


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."

Over the coming weeks, BFC members will be contributing blog entries on John Adams' Harmonium ahead of a performance in the closing concert of the Brighton Festival 2017.

One friend said how amazing Harmonium was, and that she would want the second movement played at her funeral.

Read more on our blog page


Summer Concert

Saturday, 8th July 2017

Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, University of Sussex

We will be performing a concert of music for the summer.


Dame Vera Lynn

To mark the occasion of Dame Vera Lynn's one hundredth birthday in March, a new album of some of her best-known songs was released. The tracks feature her original vocals, but with new orchestral and choral backing. Brighton Festival Chorus is proud to have provided backing vocals for some of the tracks.

Read about it on the BBC website.


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