Saturday 20 July, 7.30pm

Summer concert
All Saints Church, The Drive, Hove, BN3 3QE


English music from Tallis to Tavener 1570 – 2005

Including Thomas Tallis’ Spem in Alium and the UK premiere of John Tavener’s Invocations and Last Word. 

Brighton Festival Chorus
Brighton Festival Youth Choir
Adrian Bradbury - Cello
James Morgan - Conductor

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Telephone booking: 0333 6663366 (an additional £1.75 telephone booking fee will be charged).

One of the works we will be performing is the 40-part motet "Spem in Alium" by the Renaissance composer Thomas Tallis. Because of its scale and complexity it is not often performed, so this will be an experience not to be missed.

Starting on June 11th, 40 days before the concert, each day we will present a new and interesting fact about this amazing composition. See our News page.

Today's fact:

  • Its depth and maturity perhaps owes something to the fact that it was written towards the end of Tallis’s life – he was around 65 when he wrote Spem in Alium.

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 choir of around 170 singers, based in Sussex, and mainly specialising in large-scale symphonic works


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

Latest post

Tippett's A Child of Our Time: a warning from history

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The Year So Far

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 in January. In March we gave a spring concert with the Youth Choir, where we performed, amongst other pieces, Britten's Saint Nicolas. In May we performed the closing concert in this year's Brighton Festival - Michael Tippett's great oratorio, A Child of Our Time.


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