singing in Brighton Festival 2012

Yesterday evening the programme for Brighton Festival 2012 was released and I will be singing in the festival as part of the English Chamber Choir.

The Guest Director for this year’s festival is actress Vanessa Redgrave who is also involved in many human rights activities. The festival programme consists of music, theatre, dance, film, literature addressing topics of interest to the Guest Director, including

acting and politics to memory and nostalgia to homeland and story-telling, to humanitarian concerns and economic and social issues

The first Brighton Festival was held in 1967 and it has now become the largest arts festival in England. The inaugural Guest Artistic Director in 2009 was Anish Kapoor, in 2010 Brian Eno and in 2011 Aung San Suu Kyi was Guest Director of the festival.

Harrison and Co and have designed the festival artwork year and the brochure cover which I think stylish and eye catching.

Inspiration for the brochure cover image was taken from Victor Skrebneski’s iconic image of Vanessa Redgrave from the 1960s as well as Botticelli’s Birth of Venus. The general design has been influenced by vintage posters and has an Art Nouveau feel to it and the wave shaped lines are a reminder of Brighton’s location by the sea.

English Chamber Choir will be singing the World Premiere of Ivan Moody’s  Sub tuum praesidium and António Teixeira’s Te Deum (1734)

António Teixeira’s ornate and vibrant baroque masterpiece, Te Deum (1734), lay neglected for almost two centuries, until the Gulbenkian Foundation commissioned a modern performing edition in the 1980s. The forces required to bring this brilliantly colourful music to life are themselves baroque in their extravagance: five choirs, sixteen solo lines and a full instrumental ensemble. The concert also features the world premiere of a specially commissioned companion piece by British composer Ivan Moody, who was involved in the reconstruction of Teixeira’s original score.

Information and concert details at     

You can hear and see English Chamber Choir singing another Ivan Moody piece, When Augustus Reigned here

English Chamber Choir is also featured in the Classical Music section of the launch film for this year’s Brighton Festival

I am very much looking forward to singing a demanding and beautiful piece of music and to be back in Brighton for the festival, as I lived in Brighton for three years during my undergraduate studies at Sussex University.