Forthcoming Performances & Events


Tuesday 10th October 2017, 7.00pm

Open Rehearsal,
Chowen Lecture Theatre, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex BN1 9PX

Brighton Festival Chorus is always on the lookout for new members, and every year we hold an open rehearsal, where everyone is invited to come along and sing with us for an evening, to experience what it is like to be part of a large symphony chorus. If you would like to sing with us, this evening is for you! Hopefully you will then also consider signing up for an audition to become a member!

We will be rehearsing Belshazzar's Feast by William Walton, which is one of the most exciting and dramatic pieces in the entire choral repertoire. We will provide scores if you don't have one. Please arrive by 7.00pm, and please stay to join us for a drink afterwards.

We look forward to meeting you!


Sunday 17th December 2017, 4.00pm

Christmas Concert, The Dome, Brighton

We will be joined once again by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for our annual Christmas concert.


Saturday 12th May, 2018

Brighton Festival, The Dome, Brighton

We will be performing a major concert in the Brighton Festival, but we are not allowed to tell you what it is yet!


8th - 13th November, 2018

French Tour

To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War we will perform the War Requiem by Benjamin Britten in some of the main cities in the Somme region (Lille, Amiens, Compiegne).

Conductor: Alexandre Bloch
Orchestre de Picardie
Orchestre National de Lille
Brighton Festival Chorus


14th November, 2018

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 WW2 bombing raid.

Conductor Paul Leddington Wright
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Brighton Festival Chorus
St Michael Singers


"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