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The BCF 25th Anniversary Concert

In 2016 the Brentwood Choirs Festival celebrated its 25th anniversary and they performed 'The Dream of Gerontius' by Sir Edward Elgar, the work sung at the BCF's inaugural festival in 1991. This anniversary concert was held on Saturday the 12th November 2016 in Brentwood Cathedral.

The Conductor was David Hill, Director of Music for the Bach Choir. David Hill and all the soloists had previously had contacts with Brentwood's music and musicians, either through the Brentwood Choirs Festival or through music at Brentwood Roman Catholic Cathedral.

The following links give profiles of the conductor and soloists, and information on their previous connections with Brentwood music, and some background to the creation of this magnificent work.

Creation of a Masterpiece Elgar Cardinal Newman David Hill Soloists & Orchestra

The poster presented below was issued for this concert. Following this poster is the text of the introduction to the concert, which was given by the Brentwood Choirs Festival's Chairman .

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Chairmanís Welcome at Event

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It is a huge privilege to be able to welcome you to the 25th anniversary concert for the Brentwood Choirs Festival.

We are very lucky in this part of Essex to have so many fine choirs and bringing them together once every two years creates an exceptional opportunity to hear some of the great choral masterpieces performed to the very highest standards. We owe a special debt to those who saw this opportunity 25 years ago and worked so diligently to make it happen.

Over the years the Brentwood Choirs Festival has tackled a broad repertoire, including several works by living composers, but tonight we return to the work that launched the Festival in 1991, Elgarís intense, dramatic oratorio 'The Dream of Gerontius'. It is an appropriate choice, not just becauseof the link to the foundation of the Festival, but also because it is one of the finest showcases for large choral forces. I am sure that all of the choirs will rise to the challenges it sets and thrill you tonight with their breathtaking sound.

One of the reasons why the Brentwood Choirs Festival was launched in 1991 was that was also the year in which the new Brentwood Cathedral was opened, creating a performing space capable of doing justice to a widerepertoire of music, even if we do occasionally struggle with its resonant acoustic!

There are many people who have contributed to the continued success ofthe Festival Ė far too many to name here. They should feel proud of what it is today and the important role it plays. in the musical life of this area.

David Worsfold, Chair, Brentwood Choirs Festival