Brighton Festival Chorus returns to All Saints Hove for UK premiere, Ešenvalds’ Dreams Under Your Feet and Elgar, Serenade for Strings

Brighton Festival Chorus (BFC) returns to All Saints, Hove this spring for a concert for chorus, children’s chorus, string orchestra and percussion which features two works by Latvian composer, Ēriks Ešenvalds and Elgar’s much-loved Serenade for Strings.

Ešenvalds’ Dreams Under Your Feet is an evocative setting of five beautiful poems by Christina G. Rosetti, W. B. Yeats and Sara Teasdale. Mesmerising choral harmonies are accompanied by soaring strings and brought to life by an imaginative use of percussion, including water-tuned glasses. This will be the UK premiere of this choral suite.

The composer calls us to dream of a better world in In Paradisum where harmonic tremolos conjure angelic wings and percussive sounds evoke a garden gate that Esenvalds remembers blowing in the wind at his grandmother’s house.

Elgar’s Serenade for Strings remains one of his more poignant works. The first and last movements are gently pastoral, but the slow movement is a wonderful outpouring of melody which in barely five minutes creates an unforgettable world of gently wistful dreaming.

BFC Chairman, Richard Blows, said, “This is a delightful programme of gentle, uplifting music, perfect for a spring evening. The soaring strings in Elgar’s much-loved Serenade compliment Esenvalds’ beautiful harmonics to lend a particular spiritual quality. Take some time out and join us for a relaxing, life-affirming performance and a glass of wine”.

Dreams Under Your Feet

Saturday 19 March 2022, 7.30pm

All Saints Church, Hove, BN3 3QE

Tickets: £25, £17.50. Students and under 16s: £7.50

Tickets: Telephone bookings: 0333 666 3366

Booking fees per transaction: £1.75 online / £2.75 by telephone

Brighton Festival Chorus

Brighton Festival Youth Choir

James Morgan, Conductor

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This concert is generously supported by Howarth of London, Brighton & Sussex Medical School and BFC Friends & Patrons