Saturday 22 September

BFC50 Party

This is our big party to celebrate 50 years of the BFC - a fantastic opportunity for members past and present to reunite and share stories of the past 50 years.

If you are a past member of BFC, would like to come, and have not already received an invitation, please send your contact details to


Sunday 14 October, 2.45pm

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, Brighton Dome

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra
Brighton Festival Chorus
Conductor: Barry Wordsworth

Shostakovich - Festive Overture Op.96
Handel - Zadok the Priest
Parry - From Death to Life (1914)
Elgar - Great is the Lord – Psalm 48 Op.67
Elgar - Overture Cockaigne (In London Town)
Elgar - O Hearken Thou
Elgar - From the Bavarian Highlands


Tuesday 16 October, 7.15pm

Open Rehearsal, Medical School Lecture Theatre, University of Sussex

Ever wondered what it is like to sing with a large symphony chorus? Well, now you can find out!

If you enjoy music, come along to our annual Open Rehearsal and sing with us for an evening. We will be rehearsing the Verdi Requiem, which we will be performing in the Royal Albert Hall in November. After the rehearsal, you are very welcome to join us for a drink, chat to members, and find out about membership. Scores will be provided - all you need to do is turn up and sing!


Wednesday 14 November, 7.00pm

Britten War Requiem, Coventry Cathedral

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Brighton Festival Chorus
Coventry Cathedral Chorus
Soloists: Ilona Domnich, Gwilym Bowen, Lawrence White
Conductor: Paul Leddington Wright

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.


Saturday 17th November, 8.00pm

Beethoven 9th Symphony, Senlis, France

Philharmonie der Nationen
Brighton Festival Chorus
Conductor: Justus Frantz


Tuesday 20 November, 7.30pm

Verdi Requiem, Royal Albert Hall, London

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Brighton Festival Chorus
City of London Choir
Soloists: Helena Dix, Alessandra Volpe, David Butt Philip, Roland Wood
Conductor: Jac van Steen


Sunday 9 December, 4.00pm

Christmas Concert, Brighton Dome

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

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



Images: Poppy field by Brett Jordan, Belshazzar's Feast by Rembrandt (National Gallery, London), Abbaye de Saint-Riquier by Albert Dezetter, John Piper windows in Coventry Cathedral by Steve Cadman, Jac van Steen by Simon van Boxtel, BFC/RPO Christmas concert at Brighton Dome by Summer Dean

"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