Brighton Festival Chorus has two concerts taking place at Brighton Dome during the Brighton Festival:
Britten: War Requiem (Sat 12 May 7.30pm) to mark the centenary of the end of World War One, BFC is joined by the Britten Sinfonia and the Orchestre de Picardie (who are based in Amiens in the heart of what was the Western Front), and soloists Ian Bostridge (Tenor), Gerald Finley (Baritone) and Claire Booth (Soprano).
Walton: Belshazzar’s Feast (Sun 27 May 7.30pm) to close the Festival and celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Chorus performs Walton’s epic cantata with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, just as in its 1968 debut. Conducted by Sir Richard Armstrong and joined by James Rutherford (Baritone), the concert also includes Britten Four Sea Interludes and Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending.
They will also be joining the Brighton Phil for the opening concert of our new season at Brighton Dome (Sun 14 October 2.45pm), performing a programme of orchestral and choral works including Elgar’s To the Bavarian Highlands, Shostakovitch’s Festive Overture Op.96 and Parry’s From Death to Life – a 1914 Brighton Festival Commission.
Several of the Elgar choral works which will be performed in the concert appear on a new CD “Ecce sacerdos magnus” by SOMM Recordings, which Barry Wordsworth and BFC recorded together last year – now available from all good music retailers.
Barry writes: “I have worked with BFC for many years, and most recently on some rare works by Elgar. The fine performances they gave were a wonderful example of the musicality and commitment which have been a hallmark of their work during the past five decades.”
Details of future BFC concerts can be found on their website at: www.bfc.org.uk