As Brighton Festival Chorus approaches its 50th anniversary season it is fitting that its summer concert will take place at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts. The chorus has been rehearsing at the university since it was formed in 1968 by Laszlo Heltay, then Director of Music at the University of Sussex. Many of its founding members were auditioned in the Attenborough Centre building, and so a return to this venue is a timely way to reflect on the birth of the chorus.
The concert is called Sunrise and promises to be a splendid occasion and features some truly beautiful music for for voices and strings. Chamber Domaine will play Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, one is his earliest and favourite works, and Anthony Barber’s well known Adagio for Strings, featured in many television shows and feature films.
Brighton Festival Youth Choir will perform Richard Rodney Bennett’s Letters to Lindbergh, featuring poems by Martin Hall that quote whimsically from letters supposedly received by Charles Lindbergh during his non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic in 1927. His correspondents include Scott of the Antarctic, the rusting hulk of the Titanic, and Walt Disney cartoon dog Pluto!
Brighton Festival Chorus will join Chamber Domaine for a performance of Vaughan Williams’ An Oxford Elegy. This piece was written between 1947 and 1949 using portions of two poems by Matthew Arnold: The Scholar Gipsy and Thyrsis. The work has a pastoral character, and is a loving and ruminative evocation of Arnold's time and place.
The concert concludes with Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass, first performed in 2008. Explaining Sunrise Mass, Ola Gjeilo said that he “wanted the musical development of the work to evolve from the most transparent and spacey, to something completely earthy and grounded; from nebulous and pristine to more emotional and dramatic, and eventually warm and solid – as a metaphor for human development from child to adult, or as a spiritual journey.
Brighton Festival Chorus - Summer Concert
Elgar- Serenade for Strings
Vaughan Williams - An Oxford Elegy
Richard Rodney Bennett - Letters to Lindbergh
Barber - Adagio for Strings
Gjeilo - Sunrise Mass
Brighton Festival Chorus
Brighton Festival Youth Choir
James Morgan: Conductor
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Dates & Times
Saturday 8 July, 20177:30pm – 9:30pm