Recording at Abbey Road Studios

We started 2019 with a recording session at the iconic Abbey Road Studios in London. Over the years we have done quite a bit of work there, but it's always exciting to go back.

It was established as a recording studio in 1931, and just walking along the corridors looking at the photos of all the people who have recorded there over the decades makes you realise how much musical history is bound up in this one building. On this occasion we were in the legendary Studio Two, where The Beatles made their famous recordings.



BFC at 50!

Brighton Festival Chorus was founded for the 1968 Brighton Festival by its first Music Director, Laszlo Heltay. The choir's first performance, Walton's Belshazzar's Feast, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by the composer himself, brought overnight success. 2018 therefore marked our 50th birthday, so what could be more fitting than to have performed Belshazzar's Feast once again in this year's Brighton Festival, some 517 concerts later!

To celebrate our anniversary year we engaged in a whole series of celebratory events, concerts and special performances. We performed a concert of Easter music, two major concerts in the Brighton Festival, a concert in France, a Brighton Philharmonic concert, a performance of Britten's War Requiem in Coventry Cathedral, and Verdi's Requiem in the Royal Albert Hall. Our final concert for 2018 was our family Christmas concert in the Brighton Dome.

See our Performances > Forthcoming page to find out what we are performing, where, and when.

You might also have a look at our  Performances > Archive page to see what we have been doing for the last fifty years!

Our Music Director, James Morgan, said "The 50th anniversary is a marvellous opportunity to lay down a marker for where we are now as a chorus, and where we want to be in the future - creating performances of the highest class with fantastic orchestral partners, often presented in a new and innovative way - inspiring new audiences to engage with our work."

Photograph: Brighton Festival Chorus by Summer Dean