Sunday 8 December, 4.00pm

Brighton Dome
Christmas Concert

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
James Morgan: conductor
Juliette Pochin: mezzo soprano
Trystan Llyr Griffiths: tenor
Brighton Festival Chorus
Brighton Festival Youth Choir

Brighton Festival Chorus and Brighton Festival Youth Choir join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for our popular annual Christmas concert for all the family.

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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.


 

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We are always on the lookout for new members. You've missed this year's Open Rehearsal, but you can always come to one of our Guest Rehearsals to see what it's like to sing with us.

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