Boxgrove Choral Festival, 2-5 September 2021

The Beaufort Singers
Joseph Wicks

The Beaufort Singers are so excited to be back presenting the Boxgrove Choral Festival with a packed schedule of 7 live in-person events across 4 days at the beginning of September 2021.

Of those seven events, there will be three sung services and four concerts, all performed in the stunning Boxgrove Priory, nestled at the foot of the South Downs.

To kick things off on 2nd September, there will be a service of Choral Evensong featuring music by Gibbons, Howells, Stanford, Rachmaninov and Philip Moore. This is free to attend as are the other two services.

Friday 3rd September starts with a lunchtime Organ Recital given by Festival Director Joseph Wicks on the Priory’s fine 2-manual Hill organ. Later on, in the evening, The Beaufort Singers will present a short Renaissance Late concert performing music from the Spanish renaissance by Lobo and Victoria. This is then followed by an atmospheric candlelit service of Compline, featuring music by Owain Park, Neil Cox, Sheppard and Harris.

Next up on Saturday 4th September, we couldn’t be more excited to be presenting the hugely successful lockdown project, Isolation Songbook to what will be its first-ever live audience! Newly announced BBC New Generation Artist, the mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston, together with baritone Michael Craddock and pianist Alexander Soares will perform a selection from the songbook, a set of pieces they commissioned over lockdown in 2020 dealing with various moods and emotions brought up by the pandemic.

The Festival then culminates with the big Festival Concert. Our programme focuses on themes reflection, mourning, hope and joy, hopefully encapsulating some of the emotional whirlwind we’ve all been through during the last 18 months. From funeral music by Howells to ecstatic music for Easter by MacMillan, there is something for everyone in this concert.

In ending with a live-streamed Mass on the morning of Sunday 5th September, we are particularly delighted to welcome Christopher Robinson our special guest conductor to conduct the joint forces of The Beaufort Singers and Boxgrove Priory Choir in the final Te Deum by Vaughan Williams.

Tickets for the concerts and our Festival Pass can be purchased here:

Here can also be found more information about the Festival including the Covid safety regulations.

The Festival is also being filmed and will be presented to an online audience for the first time, with events premiering later in September.

We do hope you can join us for what promises to be a very special Boxgrove Choral Festival!

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