Boxgrove Choral Festival Online Series


After the success of the Boxgrove Choral Festival 2021, we’re excited to see what it looks like on screen!

We are delighted to be presenting the Festival online for the first time, bringing the beautiful Boxgrove Priory to a far wider audience than ever before. We love performing in this space with its glorious architecture and fantastic acoustics for choral singing.

Grab your Festival Pass now, and for an extra £5 you get a Festival Brochure sent to you in the post.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Online Series Schedule

Premiering September 2021

Renaissance Late Concert

Sunday 12th September, 7pm Episode 1 Available until 15 November 2021

Boxgrove Priory’s acoustics are particularly good for renaissance polyphony. Last time, we sang a masterpiece from England. This time, it’s the turn of the Spanish school, and what a wealth of exquisite music there is to choose from!

  • Lamentations for Holy Saturday – Alonso Lobo
  • Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday – Tomas Luis da Victoria

This performance is the first to use a brand new critical edition of the Victoria by Italian scholar Enrico Correggia.

This event is generously supported by Angel Early Music, with our grateful thanks.

Isolation Songbook

Helen Charlston mezzo soprano Michael Craddock baritone Alexander Soares piano

Sunday 19th September, 7pm Episode 2 Available until 15 November 2021

We couldn’t be more excited to be presenting the hugely successful lockdown project, Isolation Songbook!

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.

Organ Recital (Joseph Wicks)

Thursday 23rd September, 7pm Episode 3 Available until 15 November 2021

In what has become a regular fixture, Joseph Wicks returns to the organ bench to give an uplifting recital on Boxgrove Priory’s extremely beautiful 2-manual Hill organ.

Featuring music from the 17th-20th centuries from Germany, France and England, a real variety of music is on offer and hopefully will demonstrate what can be done with a small but perfectly formed instrument.

  • Fuga sopra il Magnificat BWV 733 – Bach
  • Fantazia of foure parts – Gibbons
  • Prelude & Fugue in F minor – Dupré
  • Sonate No 2 – Hindemith
  • Five Short Pieces – Whitlock

Festival Concert

Sunday 26th September, 7pm Episode 4 Available until 15 November 2021

The culmination of the Boxgrove Choral Festival. Our programme focuses on themes reflection, mourning, hope and joy, hopefully encapsulating some of the emotional whirlwind we’ve all been through during the past 18 months.

From funeral music by Howells to ecstatic music for Easter by MacMillan, there is something for everyone in this concert.

  • Take him, earth, for cherishing – Herbert Howells
  • Three Prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Philip Moore
  • Eternal light, shine into our hearts – Neil Cox
  • Ecce vicit leo – Peter Philips
  • Ave Maria – Gustav Holst
  • Ave Maria – Franz Biebl
  • Christus vincit – James MacMillan
  • Vox dicentis – Bernard Naylor