Wednesday, 19th April 2017, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall, London
Parkinson's UK presents Symfunny No. 2
Returning to the Royal Albert Hall, this event will once again bring together amazing musicians and comedians for a night of music and laughter, to raise vital funds to continue the research to find a cure for Parkinson's, the progressive and debilitating neurological condition.
Further information and book tickets here.
"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."
We are delighted to be working with our old friend Barry Wordsworth once again. We are currently rehearsing for our forthcoming recording session with Barry and the BBC Concert Orchestra in March, when we will record Elgar's "From the Bavarian Highlands".
Dame Vera Lynn
Dame Vera Lynn will celebrate her one hundredth birthday in March. To mark the occasion, she is releasing a new album of some of her best-known songs. The tracks feature her original vocals, but with new orchestral and choral backing. Brighton Festival Chorus is proud to have provided backing vocals for some of the tracks.
Read about it on the BBC website.