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The Brighton Phil & Brighton Festival Chorus, Barry Wordsworth (cond)
14 October @ 2:45 pm - 4:45 pm UTC+0
Barry Wordsworth Conductor
Brighton Festival Chorus
Shostakovich Festive Overture Op.96
Handel Zadok the Priest (Coronation Anthem No.1)
Parry From Death to Life (1914)
Elgar Great is the Lord – Psalm 48 Op.67
Elgar Overture: Cockaigne (In London Town) Op.40
Elgar O Hearken Thou Op.64 (1911)
Elgar Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands Op.27
For our opening concert we are joined by Brighton Festival Chorus who celebrate their 50th anniversary this year. Barry Wordsworth & BFC recently recorded a number of Elgar’s works for choir and orchestra together, including some of those we perform this afternoon.
The concert opens in celebratory style with Shostakovich’s lively Festive Overture and Handel’s choral masterpiece Zadok the Priest.
Parry’s From Death to Life – a symphonic poem for orchestra in two connected movements – was a 1914 Brighton Festival commission. It portrays the composer’s personal reaction to World War One and the spiritual triumph of life over death.
Elgar’s concert overture Cockaigne is a musical evocation of the streets of London in Edwardian times, whilst Great is the Lord is a beautiful setting of Psalm 48 and O Hearken Thou was written in 1911 for the Coronation of King George V. Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands was inspired by a family holiday and Elgar’s wife Alice adapted local songs for the choral text, giving them sub-titles in recollection of favourite places visited during the holiday.
Tickets £12.50-£39.50 (Students/U18s 50% discount) from Brighton Dome Ticket Office (01273 709709) or https://brightondome.org/event/18851/brighton_philharmonic_orchestra/
Discounted parking (just £6 between 1&6pm) available for all BPO concert-goers at NCP Church Street Car Park. Collect a follow on ticket at the concert from the Car Parking stand in the Dome foyer.