Tuesday 23rd January, 7.00pm-8.30pm

Open Rehearsal

BSMS Chowen Lecture Theatre, University of Sussex BN1 9PX

Brighton Festival Chorus is always looking for new members. If you are a singer, you are very welcome to join us for our Open Rehearsal.

We will be rehearsing Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast. Scores will be available to borrow on the evening, and you can join us afterwards for a glass of wine and maybe even a short audition if you wish.

We look forward to welcoming you.


Saturday 31st March, 7.30pm

Crucifixus - Music at Eastertide, The Dome, Brighton

Duruflé - Requiem
Britten (arr. Morgan Pochin) - Missa Brevis (world premiere)
Lotti, Caldara, Vivaldi, Bach - Crucifixus

Conductor: James Morgan
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Brighton Festival Chorus
Brighton Festival Youth Choir

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May, 2018

The Dome, Brighton

BFC will be performing in the 2018 Brighton Festival.

Further details of these exciting concerts will be announced at the Brighton Festival Programme Launch in February 2018.


12-15 July, 2018

Duruflé Requiem, Abbaye de St Riquier, Baie de Somme, France

Orchestre de Picardie
Conductor: Arie van Beek

The concert will be part of the Festival de St Riquier.

Wednesday, 14th November, 7.00pm

Britten War Requiem, Coventry Cathedral

To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War we will perform the War Requiem by Benjamin Britten in Coventry Cathedral, where the first performance took place on 30 May 1962. The War Requiem was commissioned to mark the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral, which was built after the original 14th century structure was destroyed in a Second World War bombing raid.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright
Soloists: Ilona Domnich, Gwilym Bowen, Lawrence White
Brighton Festival Chorus
St Michael Singers

Image: poppy field, by Brett Jordan


Tuesday, 20th November, 7.30pm

Verdi Requiem, Royal Albert Hall, London

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Jac van Steen


Sunday, 9th December 2018, 4.00pm

Christmas Concert, The Dome, Brighton

Once again, our popular annual Christmas concert for all the family!


"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

"There is something fundamentally moving about hearing dozens of human voices singing in harmony and this performance by the 130 members of Brighton Festival Chorus was both uplifting and enriching.  Under the baton of James Morgan, this internationally renowned choir produced an impeccable delivery of two choral works by John Rutter."
John Rutter: Requiem (All Saints, Hove)
John Rutter: Mass of the Children
James Morgan
The Argus

"...we were treated to the full force of the Brighton Festival Chorus who proved once again to be a choir to be reckoned with...a powerful rendering of the mass...What a pleasure it was to have a final concert that was so popular with a near capacity audience..."
Mozart: Mass in C minor (Brighton Dome)
Thierry Fischer
Latest7 magazine

"What a cracking start to the orchestral concerts at Brighton's cheery and eclectic festival.  Two John Adams classics began and ended this programme: his pulsatingly mercurial Short Ride in a Fast Machine ... and Harmonium, the ecstatic choral splurge that first made his reputation back in 1981.  They were hurled out with verve and no little stamina by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Brighton Festival Chorus..."
John Adams: Harmonium (Brighton Dome)
Grant Llewellyn
The Times

"Brighton Festival Chorus brought the evening to a thrilling conclusion that brought the house down."
Mahler: 2nd Symphony (Brighton Dome)
Andrew Davis
The Argus