Laszlo Heltay

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of our founder, Laszlo Heltay. He had been suffering from lung cancer for some months but deteriorated recently and died on December 17th.

Brighton Festival Chorus owes its very existence to Laszlo who, at the request of the Brighton Festival Committee, formed the Chorus back in 1968, and remained its Music Director for the following 27 years. During those years the Chorus formed long and close associations with a number of leading orchestras and conductors, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Andre Previn, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Lord Yehudi Menuhin.   Laszlo has been described as "One of the finest and most inspiring choral trainers in the world....Through his efforts the whole British choral tradition has been given a new look and a new set of standards to aim for.” Those who knew him when he was with BFC will surely agree with those comments.

It is certainly the end of an era for BFC and we send our love and condolences to his family.

Laszlo was a student of the composer Zoltan Kodály, and In Laszlo's honour we will be performing Kodály's Pange Lingua in our Spring concert on Saturday March 21, in All Saints Church, Hove. BFC recorded this work in the 1970s.


2020 Season

Our diary for the New Year is beginning to take shape. We are planning concerts for spring and summer in Brighton and Hove, in April we are in the Royal Albert Hall for a concert of Great Choral Classics, and in May we perform in the Brighton Festival, at the Brighton Dome. Later in the year we are planning a major concert in London.

Amongst the pieces we are currently rehearsing are PangeLingua, by Kodaly (in honour of Laszlo Heltay) and Carmina Burana by Carl Orff.


New Members

Every October we hold our annual Open Rehearsal, where we throw open one of our normal rehearsals to anyone who would like to come along and sing with us for the evening. Our guests usually then stay on for an audition to become a member.

If you are thinking of becoming a member, you don't need to wait until our next Open Rehearsal - come to one of our Guest Rehearsals. They are usually held on the first Tuesday of each month, but we would love to hear from you at any time. See our Join page to find out more about joining.


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.