Sunday 26 May, 7.30pm

Michael Tippett - A Child of Our Time, The Dome, Brighton

The closing concert of this year's Brighton Festival is Tippett's A Child of Our Time. This powerful oratorio was inspired by the assassination in 1938 of a German diplomat by a young Jewish refugee, and the Nazi government's violent reaction against its Jewish population, which became known as "Kristallnacht".

Philharmonia Orchestra
Brighton Festival Chorus
Conductor: Roderick Cox
Soprano: Gweneth Ann Rand
Mezzo Soprano: Ronnita Miller
Tenor: Noah Stewart
Bass: Jonathan Lemalu
 

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Saturday 20 July

Summer concert

We are planning a summer concert.  More details soon!
 


 

"Celebrating their fiftieth anniversary, and joined by the orchestra who helped set them on their path to sustained national acclaim in 1968, the Brighton Festival Chorus and the Royal Philharmonic prove themselves to be a world-class pairing delivering a spectacular, rousing finale to this year’s festival."
Walton - Belshazzar's Feast
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Richard Armstrong
BN1 magazine

"From the opening moments to the final breath this was a stirring musical experience, delicate at times and thunderously oppressive at others - the entire ensemble committed to the whole in a beautifully cohesive performance that never flagged and has us on the edge of our seats."
Britten - War Requiem
Britten Sinfonia
Orchestre de Picardie
Arie van Beek
Latest7 magazine

"Brighton Festival Chorus were on absolutely top form, again delicate when required but thunderously powerful too, once again proving them to be a choral ensemble of real quality."
Elgar - The Dream of Gerontius
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner
Latest7 magazine

"The Festival Chorus under James Morgan, singing without scores, managed huge sounds and whispered echoes with consummate skill. England may not think itself a Christian country, but the packed and rapturous audience in the Dome were responding to something spiritual beyond mortal understanding."
Elgar - The Dream of Gerontius
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner
The Argus

"The wall of sound that is Vaughan Williams’ monumental Sea Symphony provided a thrilling climax, with soloists Elin Pritchard (soprano) and Nicholas Lester (baritone) soaring magnificently over a very energised and responsive Brighton Festival Chorus."
Barry Wordsworth
Latest7 magazine

"The brilliantly executed Sea Symphony of Vaughan Williams ..."
"The magnificent swell of music in the Vaughan Williams piece meant most of the words merged into a seamless seascape of sound conjured between the excellent Brighton Festival Chorus and the expressive orchestra. The choir lapped gently one moment, then sent powerful waves crashing to shore."
Barry Wordsworth
The Argus

"Brighton Festival Chorus are always impressive but for this anniversary performance they pulled out all the stops. Bach’s complex score, peppered with contrapuntal lines and soaring solos is a tough ask and for their 500th anniversary they performed it without scores, a feat in itself. A feat however only worthwhile if you get it right – and this they did. Driven skillfully by conductor James Morgan and the Chamber Domaine this was a memorable afternoon of sublime music. It is in performances of this calibre that one sees why the Brighton Festival Chorus has such an impressive international reputation and for that I salute them."
J S Bach: St John Passion (Brighton Dome)
James Morgan
Latest7 magazine

"The evening's programme drew to a close with the intense neo-classicism of Stravinsky's short but intense Symphony of Psalms. In both sets of psalms, we were treated to the full glory of the Brighton Festival Chorus, swinging and even barking as required in the Bernstein; and bringing hushed dignity and poise to the Stravinsky. How appropriate that in this, the closing large-scale concert of this year's Brighton Festival, the laurels should belong to this excellent ensemble, whose reputation and renown, deservedly, continue to bring pride to the city."
Leonard Bernstein: Chichester Psalms (Brighton Dome)
Igor Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms
John Wilson
The Argus