Boxgrove Choral Festival, 26-29 August

The Beaufort Singers are delighted to be returning to Boxgrove Priory for the second Boxgrove Choral Festival.

The choir formed at Cambridge University a few years ago under the direction of Joseph Wicks, who is currently Assistant Director of Music at Truro Cathedral and a former Senior Organ Scholar of St John´s College, Cambridge. They have performed a number of stunning concerts, tackling repertoire such as Tippett’s ‘Five Negro Spirituals’, Rachmaninov’s ‘Vespers’ and Sir James MacMillan’s ‘Seven Last Words on the Cross’. Last August, a video recording of Owain Park’s ‘Phos Hilaron’, which was filmed at Boxgrove Priory, received over 50,000 views on Classic FM’s Facebook channel. Watch it here:

Joseph is looking forward to embarking on another exciting and ambitious musical venture with this wonderful group of young professional singers. The Festival promises to be a real treat in the stunning surroundings and glorious acoustic of Boxgrove Priory.

Monday 26th August at Boxgrove Priory
Choral Evensong, 5.30 – 6.30pm
Free admission with a retiring collection
The Boxgrove Choral Festival 2019 kicks off with a service of Choral Evensong showcasing the music of Holst, Leighton, Owain Park and Tavener, as well as that of Neil Cox whose specially commissioned work for this year will be heard at the Festival Concert.

Renaissance Late, 8.30 – 9.00pm
Free admission with a retiring collection
Media Vita is John Sheppard’s stunning six-part meditation on life, death, faith, and doubt. Taking texts from the New Testament and the Book of Common Prayer, this masterpiece of English polyphony is rarely performed due to its expansive scope. Come and hear it in a devotional performance at the end of the first day of the 2019 Festival.

Tuesday 27th August at Boxgrove Priory
Lunchtime Recital (Hugh Cutting and Piers Kennedy), 1.00 – 1.50pm
Tickets: £8, £5 (students, under 18s), available here:
Join countertenor Hugh Cutting and pianist Piers Kennedy for a recital of a wide variety of song from Dowland, Handel and Purcell to Britten, Dvorak and some of Piers’ own compositions. Hugh has just finished his year as a Lay Clerk at St John’s College, Cambridge, and will be going to the Royal College of Music in September to pursue his postgraduate vocal studies.

Come and Sing at Boxgrove, 2.15 – 4.30pm
Free admission
We are delighted to be hosting an afternoon of music-making for local children in School Years 2-6! Participation is free, and there will be a short performance for family & friends at 4.15pm. Please visit to register your place. Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment!

Concert (Lower Voices of The Beaufort Singers), 7.00 – 8.30pm
Tickets: £10, £5 (students, under 18s), available here:
Join the altos, tenors and basses of The Beaufort Singers for a concert of music for lower voices, featuring music from the Renaissance right through to the present day, and in many languages from Russian to Cornish. Highlights include Biebl’s ‘Ave Maria’, Finzi’s ‘Thou didst delight mine eyes’ and Tallis’ ‘Lamentations of Jeremiah’.

Wednesday 28th August at Boxgrove Priory
Lunchtime Recital (Joseph Wicks), 1.00 – 1.50pm
Tickets: £8, £5 (students, under 18s), available here:
Festival Director Joseph Wicks performs an organ recital on the beautiful 1875 two-manual organ by William Hill, featuring works by Bach, Brahms and Elgar. Joseph has just finished two years as Assistant Director of Music at Truro Cathedral.

Concert (Winchester Consort), 7.00 – 8.30pm
Tickets: £12, £5 (students, under 18s), available here:
Guest ensemble, the Winchester Consort, directed by George Richford, present a programme entitled Incomparable Art: Hubert Parry and his British legacy. They will perform Parry’s exquisite ‘Songs of Farewell’ in addition to Stanford’s ‘Magnificat’, and Howells’ ‘Requiem’.

Compline, 9.15 – 10.00pm
Free admission
The most magical of offices. Come and take part by holding a candle in this atmospheric service of Sung Compline, sung to plainchant and including some gems of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Owain Park’s ‘Phos Hilaron’.

Thursday 29th August at Boxgrove Priory
Festival Concert (The Beaufort Singers), 7.30 – 8.30pm
Tickets: £15, £5 (students, under 18s), available here:
The culmination of the Boxgrove Choral Festival 2019 featuring music predominantly from the British Isles to include Britten’s haunting ‘Hymn to the Virgin’, Howells’ rarely-performed unaccompanied work, ‘Salve Regina’ and Tippett’s ‘Five Negro Spirituals’. This concert will also feature a Festival Commission and World Premiere by Neil Cox, former Director of Music at Lancing College.

To book tickets, please visit our website, email or ring 07809 229292. It is also possible to buy a Festival Pass which grants you access to all of our events; these cost £40 and are also available online.

Read about the 2018 Festival.

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