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Fantastic performances in Brighton Festival


Our young musicians in BHMA Big Band and Concert Band kick-started the open air performances on the Brighton Festival Fringe city stage, attracting one of the biggest crowds of the day.


Pitch Perfect allowed some of BHMA’s more advanced musicians to provide entertainment in some fantastic settings. The string players in the Royal Pavilion created a relaxed yet elegant ambience suited to the beautiful surroundings of the Music Room, contemporary artists on the acoustic stage in the Dome foyer delighted a lively audience and sublime Wind and String chamber music floated from the balcony in the Museum and Art Gallery.


A week later, Brighton Youth Orchestra’s (BYO) Wind and Brass players braved the wind to perform Harrison Birtwhistle’s “Gavin’s Antiphonies” preceding Harrison’s interview with Gavin Henderson. The composer, now in his eighties, was delighted to hear his work performed again.  It was last given an airing at the Dartington Summer School in 1985 (premiered by a line up including Gavin Henderson and Peter Chivers). Listen again


On 18 May, BYO performed, along with the Brighton Festival Choir, at St Bartholomew’s to a packed audience and received rave reviews.  Andrew Kay from Latest said “Tavener at his best, hauntingly beautiful and bringing out the very best of both choir and orchestra. Excellence throughout made this a real Festival highlight.” The programme included a number of works by Sir John Tavener, in celebration of his life along with an assured recorder performance from Charlotte Barbour-Condini with the BYO String Ensemble, before concluding the programme with Elgar’s Enigma Variations.


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Our young musicians in BHMA Big Band and Concert Band kick-started the open air performances on the Brighton Festival Fringe City stage attracting one of the biggest crowds of the day

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