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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 will therefore mark 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!

 

New Members

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.

This year's open rehearsal was on October 10, when dozens of guests came along to rehearse Walton's Belshazzar's Feast with us, and joined us for a drink afterwards.  A number of them auditioned successfully, so we welcome them as new members to swell our ranks.

If you missed it, never mind! If you would be interested in joining us, just click on the Join tab at the top of the page to find out how.  We welcome prospective new members at any time!

Image: Rembrant's Belshazzar's Feast, 1635 (National Gallery, London)

 

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. Earlier this 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 have invited her back for a second series. This has just started, and goes out at 9.00pm every Saturday.

You can see Jess giving a short preview here.

There is also going to be an evening of her own music at the Brighton Dome next year.

 

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 the 2018 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 giving several performances of the War Requiem by Benjamin Britten in 2018. We will tour some of the major cities of the Somme region in France and also perform it 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.