Brighton Consort

About Brighton Consort

Brighton Consort presents four or five concerts a year in Brighton and the surrounding area.

We rehearse on Wednesday evenings (8-10pm) at St George's Church, Kemptown. Rehearsals take place throughout the year (with a break during late July and August). In addition we help to further knowledge of renaissance and early baroque music by running occasional workshops, which are led by some of the U.K.'s greatest experts on the repertoire.

Entry for new members involves a simple audition with our Director, James Dixon . Prospective singers should have a good voice that will blend well with the ensemble, reasonable sight reading skills and be willing to put in work on the music between rehearsals.

The current annual subscription fee is £140, which includes the cost of most of the music. The subscription can be paid in instalments and may be reduced for members with real financial hardship. There is a special rate for students of £20 per term (£60 per annum).

History of Brighton Consort

Brighton Consort was founded by Daphne Elston in 1971 and for many years has been well known for its ambitious exploration of the rich repertoire of renaissance and early baroque music from Europe and the New World. Past programmes have featured music from England, the Low Countries, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and Mexico.

From 1998 to 2010, Deborah Roberts directed the group and introduced audiences to a lot of new repertoire. 2001 saw the premiere of her edition of the Vespers by the 17th century nun composer Margharita Cozzolani and in the same year Brighton Consort was also featured in the Anglia Television programme Sunday Morning. In May 2002, the Consort performed the rarely heard 12 part Missa Et Ecce Terrae Motus by Antoine Brumel as part of the Brighton Festival Fringe, repeating the performance later in the year for the first season of the annual Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF). Several of the choir's members have also become heavily involved in the running of BREMF since that time.

Katie Thomas took over the role of Director of Brighton Consort in November 2010. Under her leadership the choir presented a wide range of concert projects that continued to explore the 16th and 17th century a cappella repertoire. Featured composers included Bouzignac, Monteverdi, Byrd and Marenzio. During this period Brighton Consort also included several works by 20th century composers such as Poulenc, Lauridsen and Stravinsky in its programmes. The choir celebrated its 40th anniversary season in 2012 with a performance of the glorious Duruflé Requiem, alongside motets by Josquin. Recent concerts have included Machaut's Messe de Nostre Dame and the Great Service of William Byrd, several works by Andalucian and Portuguese composers and Rachmaninov's Vespers. 2016 saw performances of the Tenebrae Responsories of Victoria and the famous Allegri Miserere.

In September 2016 James Dixon became Brighton Consort's new Director, and the choir's first concerts under his direction involved a much acclaimed collaboration with the musicians of Ensemble Reza.

 
 
 

 

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