Brighton Festival is almost upon us and musicians are starting to play in the streets. On Friday night I visited St Bartholomews church in the middle of Brighton where some choral singing was being perfromed. Last year I went up to the Thames River Festival in London and saw a choir made up of representatves from all over England and I learned that, while we English seemed quite a reserved lot, England is a hotbed of choral singing.
St Bartholomews was built in the 19th century by one Rev. Arthur Wagner and differs quite dramatically from traditional English churches having an almost industrial feel brought about by the brickwork which is based on the architecture of Germany. It is very tall and the acoustics are excellent for this sort of performance.
On Friday night Brighton Festival Chorus and Brighton Festival Youth Choir were performing “an enlightening evening of some of the most ethereal choral music of our time” which included Samuel Barber’s “Agnus Dei” and Adagio for Strings. Only £12 and handy for the pubs.
Conductor: James Morgan
Soloist: Juliette Pochin – mezzo soprano