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This is your access to our entire performance history of which we are very proud – all the concerts and recordings, dates, works, conductors, orchestras, soloists, and venues since our founding in 1968.

The BFC archive was developed and is maintained by Steve Linehan, our Brighton Festival Chorus archivist and member of the Bass section. For any queries please contact Steve via archive@bfc.org.uk.

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29/05/2022

Brighton Festival 2022, Saariaho and Vaughan Williams

Saariaho, Vaughan Williams

Philharmonia Orchestra | Dome Concert Hall, Brighton
Conducted by Ilan Volkov

Leading Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho conjures voyages and marine moods in music of profound power and beauty in Oltra Mar. Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony, setting words by poet Walt Whitman, is an epic companion piece. Acclaimed soloists Gweneth-Ann Rand and Duncan Rock, alongside the Philharmonia Orchestra and Brighton Festival Chorus, bring Brighton Festival to a close on a suitably mammoth scale Philharmonia Orchestra | Brighton Festival Chorus 

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22/05/2022

A Classical Gala

Gounod, Orff, Verdi

BBC Concert Orchestra | Royal Albert Hall, London
Conducted by Barry Wordsworth

The very best of classical music in celebration of ‘Britain’s most successful living classical impresario’ (Spectator), Raymond Gubbay CBE and his long association with the Royal Albert Hall. Bringing together famous classical works from opera and stage, by composers such as Gershwin, Sondheim, Ravel, Elgar, Verdi and more, the afternoon will culminate in a dazzling finale of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, complete with roaring cannon effects. BBC Concert Orchestra | Brighton Festival Chorus 

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19/03/2022

Dreams Under Your Feet

Esenvalds

All Saints Church, Hove
Conducted by James Morgan

Brighton Festival Chorus performed Latvian composer, Ēriks Ešenvalds’ Dreams Under Your Feet - an evocative setting of five spiritual poems by Christina G. Rosetti, W. B. Yeats and Sara Teasdale. Mesmerising choral harmonies were accompanied by soaring strings and imaginative percussion. This was the UK premiere of this choral suite. Ešenvalds called us to dream of a better world in In Paradisum where harmonic tremolos conjure angelic wings and percussive sounds evoke a garden gate that the composer remembers blowing in the wind at his grandmother’s house. https://www.eriksesenvalds.com/news/uk-premiere-of-dreams-under-your-feet-by-brighton-festival-chorus Elgar's Serenade for Strings completed our Spring Concert programme

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12/12/2021

Annual Christmas Concert

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra | Dome Concert Hall, Brighton
Conducted by James Morgan

Join our musicians and singers for our annual joyful celebration of Christmas. James Morgan will conduct the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with renowned Mezzo-Soprano Juliette Pochin, Baritone Alex Otterburn, Brighton Festival Chorus and Brighton Festival Youth Choir. Come and sing along to all your favourite carols, rousing fanfares and Yuletide songs. As ever, we’ll read out your best and worst Christmas jokes and you may even be asked to try your hand at conducting!  This is a firm festive favourite and a wonderful way to experience the magic of the Christmas season with family and friends. Tickets will be available from Brighton Dome Box office

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13/11/2021

Verdi Requiem

Verdi

Pro Anima | Coventry Cathedral, Coventry
Conducted by Paul Leddington Wright

Brighton Festival Chorus joined Coventry Cathedral Chorus and the Pro Anima Orchestra for this performance of Verdi Requiem. This concert was part of the City of Coventry’s Peace Festival,  an annual celebration of the city’s place as the UK’s only city of Peace and Reconciliation. Coventry is also the UK's City of Culture 2021.

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16/10/2021

Carmina Burana

Orff

All Saints Church, Hove
Conducted by James Morgan

Our first concert since 2019, and a joy to perform Carmina Burana - one of the most popular choral works ever written -  used in everything from TV adverts to horror films. This is because it’s so instantly memorable, and conjures up so many strong visual images throughout its epic, sprawling, occasionally bonkers journey, from the menace of the opening to the heart stopping beauty of the soprano solo - In Trutina. BFC has a long association with the piece, and recorded the version used so memorably in an Old Spice advert. Jonathan Dove is one of the UK’s leading composers, and The Passing of the Year is one of his finest achievements, with glorious harmony, colours and textures.  A contemporary yet accessible piece, charged with intensity and beauty.

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31/08/2021

Howard Carpendale Christmas Album

Patcham High School, Brighton
Conducted by James Morgan

Recording

24/07/2021

‘Unlockdown’ BFC/BFYC Open Day

All Saints Church, Hove
Conducted by James Morgan

A friendly and free opportunity for anyone from the Brighton & Hove and Sussex community to join Brighton Festival Chorus to experience singing in a symphonic chorus.  We sang parts of Orff's well-loved Carmina Burana together under the gentle and humorous tuition of our Music Director, James Morgan. Brighton Festival Youth Choir performed to engage with the younger folks in the audience. A happy, community day sharing the joy of singing together at the end of Lockdown, which was appreciated by all!

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