Sunday 3 November, 3.00pm

St John's, Smith Square, London

Brighton Festival Chorus
Brighton Festival Youth Choir
London Concert Orchestra
Conductor: James Morgan
Baritone: Jonathan Brown

Tavener - Invocations and Last Word (London Première)
Duruflé - Ubi Caritas
Coulais - Caresse sur l'Ocean
Fauré - Ave Verum
Villette - Hymne a la Vierge
Fauré - Cantique de Jean Racine
Fauré - Requiem

Fauré’s beautiful, meditative Requiem and motets by Fauré, Villette and Duruflé are performed alongside the London première of Tavener’s Invocations and Last Word, written for four choirs placed in each corner of the building.

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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 170 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.



Open Rehearsal - Tuesday, October 15th at 7.00pm at the University of Sussex, Falmer

You know you want to, but how can you become part of Brighton Festival Chorus?

Well, you can start by singing with us at our next Open Rehearsal where you’ll find we’re not only one of Britain’s finest choirs, we’re also one of the friendliest. We’ll supply the music, so you can easily take up the challenge and join us and our Music Director James Morgan when we’ll be rehearsing the Fauré Requiem on Tuesday, October 15th at 7.00pm at the University of Sussex, Falmer.

If you like the experience, we can even set up a date for an audition. In the meantime you can find more information and full details about joining BFC on social media or see our Join page.


quotes from our members

"It is a barely expressable joy to sing in a concert - it takes one to another plane".

"It's a great thing to be performing and knowing that you are part of something extraordinary - it makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up".

"It's very good for your mental wellbeing, especially after a long hard day at work".

"It's just become such a part of my social life, and I get so much pleasure from the singing and the musical side as well - it's just lovely".

"You get to sing with great orchestras, and you get to sing all over the UK, and often in Europe".


BFC members regularly contribute blog entries on what it is like to rehearse and perform with a large symphony chorus.

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Brighton Festival Chorus is pleased to be supported by Howarth of London