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Open Rehearsal

At Brighton Festival Chorus we’re looking for new members to help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary in an exciting new programme of concerts and events across the UK and in Europe - all under the inspiring leadership of the acclaimed Music Director, James Morgan.

Who wouldn’t be thrilled and inspired at the thought of singing with one of Britain’s finest symphony choruses?

So, why not give it a try. Join us at our OPEN REHEARSAL on Tuesday 23 January in the BSMS Chowen Lecture Theatre, University of Sussex, BN1 9PX from 7.00pm-8.30pm.

We’ll 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.

 

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 marks our 50th birthday and we are planning a whole year of celebratory events, concerts and special performances to mark this event - from the 2017 Christmas Concert through to the 2018 Christmas Concert.

See our Performances > Forthcoming page for the events confirmed so far. More details to be announced over the coming months.

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

 

Crucifixus - Music at Eastertide

Saturday 31st March, 7.30pm, The Dome, Brighton

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

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

Poised between the solemnity of Good Friday and the joy of Easter Day, this special concert by the massed ranks of two great choirs and one of the country’s finest orchestras provides an appropriate focus for the Easter weekend. Featuring Duruflé’s exquisite Requiem and contrasting settings of the Crucifixus, the Chorus present a feast of choral music ranging from Baroque intricacy to 20th-century eloquence.

The world premiere of a new orchestral arrangement of Britten’s Missa Brevis completes the programme, bringing this iconic Mass setting into the concert hall repertoire for the first time.In one of a series of concerts to mark Brighton Festival Chorus’ fiftieth birthday year, the Chorus and Youth Choir are joined for by the world renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to perform some of the most emotional and moving works in the choral repertoire.

 

Jessica Curry

We are especially proud of one of our second altos, Jessica Curry. Jess is a Bafta award-winning composer for the video game company created and run by her and her husband. Last year she was invited by Classic FM to host a series of programmes featuring music from her favourite video game composers. That series was so successful, they invited her back for a second series.

You can experience a live performance of one of  Jessica's games, Dear Esther, accompanied by her own music at the Brighton Dome on Feb 2.

 

Anniversaries

2018 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of Brighton Festival Chorus, and we are planning a whole year of celebratory events, concerts and special performances to mark this event - from the 2017 Christmas Concert through to the 2018 Christmas Concert.

See our Performances > Forthcoming page for the events confirmed so far. More details to be announced over the coming months.

BFC will be performing in this year's Brighton Festival. Further details of these exciting concerts will be announced at the Brighton Festival Programme Launch in February 2018.

To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War we will be performing 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.  We are delighted to be joining the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and our old friend Paul Leddington Wright.

Our long-planned tour of some of the major cities of the Somme region in France to perform Britten's War Requiem has sadly been cancelled, as the Orchestre National de Lille suddenly announced they no longer had sufficient budget.  However, our Artistic Manager, Gill Kay, has secured an alternative booking for us. We will now be performing the Duruflé Requiem as part of the Festival de St Riquier in the Baie de Somme.