The Festival which brings together choral groups from across our area will be presenting its 25th anniversary concert in a couple of weeks’ time and I was joined on this morning’s show by its Chair, David Worsfold, along with a local man whose family have long connections with music in the town, David Brice.
David Brice’s father founded Brentwood Choral Society during the Second World War and as well as talking about the area’s longest established choir he also described the powerful nature of the work to be performed at this year’s Festival, Sir Edward Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius.
After outlining the history of the Festival David Worsfold went on to explain how singing brings a range of health benefits, both physical and mental, and that there’s an opportunity for anyone to join a specially formed choir which will be presenting a one-off concert at Brentwood Cathedral on 3rd December. Come-and-Sing-Messiah will rehearse during the afternoon and perform Handel’s complete Messiah to an audience in the evening – click here for details of how to register.
Brentwood Choirs Festival – with ELMS Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Hill and soloists Robert Murray, Julia Wilson-James and Roderick Earle – is taking place in the Cathedral on Saturday 12th November.