Church concert features British premiere of UK composer’s work

Brighton Festival Chorus has introduced a series of concerts in St. Bartholomew’s Church.

The concerts, which are held each year, are called ‘BFC@Barts’.

The 2012-13 series launched in September and continues with a performance with Onyx Brass on Saturday, March 2, at 7.30pm.

Entitled ‘The Glory of Venice’, the programme features UK premiere of British composer, Bernard Hughes’ Revelation Window written in 2010 for double SATB choir;

The programme includes beautiful sacred works by William Harris – Faire is the Heaven and Bring Us, O Lord God.

The programme also consists of Giovanni Gabrieli, Kyrie, Jubilate Deo and Gloria from Symphoniae Sacrae for a combined choir and brass quintet.

Hughes is one of the most talented composers writing in Britain today with commissions from both sides of the Atlantic, broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and on the recent Channel 4 series, Howard Goodall’s Twentieth Century Greats.

He has performed at venues such as Coventry Cathedral and Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

Revelation Window was commissioned in 2010 by the Seattle choral group, Esoteric, and was first performed in Seattle to a time-lapse film of the eponymous stained glass window (by Anthony Hollaway) from Manchester Cathedral.

This will be the UK premiere of this work.

The three works by Gabrieli, published between 1587 and 1615, were at the forefront of what came to be termed ‘polychoral music’ because of the way in which the spatially separate choirs and instrumentalists combine to create echoic, canonical and developmental effects.

They were composed for the choir and instrumentalists of St. Mark’s Basilica, Venice.

The ‘BFC@Barts’ series concludes with a concert with the BBC Singers on July 20, which will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Tickets are priced at £12 and £18 (rear and front of Church) and are available from Brighton Dome Box Office, New Road, Brighton.

Call 01273 709709.

You can also book tickets through Brighton Ticket Shop at www.BrightonTicketShop.com.