Welcome to the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra

Welcome to the website of the Brighton Philharmonic, Brighton & Hove’s professional orchestra, which performs an annual season of Sunday afternoon concerts at Brighton Dome along with a hugely popular New Year’s Eve Viennese Gala. We hope that it answers all your questions about who we are and what we do.

Thanks to a substantial grant from the John Carewe Brighton Orchestra Trust, and a generous legacy from the late Ted McFadyen (a Friend of the Phil) we have been able to plan our 94th concert season. 

BPO Concert Manager & Artistic Administrator Ian Brignall writes: “We have had a terrific response to Barry Wordsworth’s request for compositions to be played in this season, some easily included, others not so. There are pieces that fit well with others and have the right combination of instruments to fit programmes. Thank you to those that contributed – it has been fun sorting through them and trying to include as many of these works as we can in our very short season.”

We are excited to welcome back conductors Ben Gernon and Thomas Carroll (who will also direct from the cello).  

Ben Gernon (conductor) copyright Simon Annand

Thomas Carroll (cello/conductor)

Barry Wordsworth will conduct three concerts and Richard Balcombe takes up the baton for our traditional New Year’s Eve Viennese Gala Concert.

Richard Balcombe (conductor)

We are delighted to introduce Freddy Kempf (piano/conductor), Camilla Roberts (soprano) and Ilona Domnich (soprano) and to welcome back Tamsin Waley Cohen (violin) and Steven Osborne (piano). 

Freddy Kempf (piano/conductor)

Camilla Roberts (soprano)

Ilona Domnich (soprano)

Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin)

Steven Osborne (piano)

Tickets for our new season will go on sale on Monday 10 September from Brighton Dome Ticket Office in person, by telephone (01273) 709709 and online: www.brightondome.org

Friends of the Phil enjoy priority booking as one of the benefits of membership. For more details on this and other benefits, and how to become a Friend of the Phil, please see: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/friends-of-philharmonic/

Season Finale

The Brighton Phil’s 2017/18 season at Brighton Dome concluded on Sunday 25 March when Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth returned to celebrate his 70th birthday with his beloved orchestra and Brighton audience with a memorable concert full of irresistible tunes and toe-tapping rhythms – including his own arrangement of a suite of music from Delibes’ delightful comic ballet Coppélia. He was joined by virtuosic piano duo Worbey & Farrell who performed a four hands, one piano arrangement of Malcolm Arnold’s Piano Concerto Op.104 and Saint-Saëns‘ Carnival of the Animals

You can view photos taken during the performance and read a round up of reviews of the concert here that appeared in the local press and online at: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/barrys-birthday-…nd-to-the-season/

Worbey & Farrell, Barry and Concert Manager Ian Brignall filmed a short (7 minute) entertaining and informative preview of the concert at the BPO’s regular London rehearsal venue, Henry Wood Hall: 

On the morning of the concert the orchestra welcomed nearly 900 children and their families to their FREE Open Rehearsal – read about this wonderful event at: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/open-rehearsal-f…ren-sun-25-march/

The Brighton Phil dedicated their concert on Sunday 25 March 2018 to the memory of the late D.V. Newbold, CBE, a Friend of the Phil for some 40 years and a generous supporter and sponsor of the orchestra, who had sponsored this concert.

Concert Season at Brighton Dome 2018/19

Below is the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra’s programme for our 94th concert season at Brighton Dome, which runs from October 2018 – March 2019.

You can download a pdf version of this leaflet by clicking here: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/BPO-2018-19-A5-NO-TRIMS-April18.pdf

Our new season brochure with full details of all the concerts uses the same quirky illustration for its cover. Designed as always by the talented Mark Attwell, it is colourful, fun and very Brighton!

The season brochure is available from the BPO office and Brighton Dome Ticket Office, or you can download a pdf version (24 pages) by clicking here: 

http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/BPO-season-brochure-2018-19-WEB.pdf

Tickets will go on sale through Brighton Dome Ticket Office from Monday 10 September. Friends of the Phil enjoy priority booking until Friday 13 July as one of the benefits of membership. For more details on this and other benefits, and how to become a Friend of the Phil, please see: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/friends-of-philharmonic/

Your Orchestra needs you

YourOrchestraNeedsYouImageWe are enormously grateful to all those Friends and supporters whose sponsorship made our last season possible.

We are now seeking sponsorship for our 2018/19 concert season at Brighton Dome – details of which can be found above (tickets go on sale on Mon 10 September 2018).

Ticket sales for our concerts, however good, make up less than 50% of our income and in order to continue to present such exciting programmes to our Brighton audiences the Society needs to raise sufficient sponsorship to make up the difference.

There are opportunities to sponsor an orchestral chair position, a specific concert or simply to contribute to the concert season as a whole, as an individual or joining with others as part of a consortium.

For further details about all forms of sponsorship please contact the BPO on: (01273) 622900 or email: nicolaschisholm “@” brightonphil.org.uk

Newsletter

Our latest Friends of the Phil newsletter (June 2018) is now available to download as a four page colour pdf file here: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/BPO-Newsletter-JUNE-2018.pdf

Our next newsletter will be published in September.

Sign up to receive your copy by email every quarter (March, June, September & December), along with occasional e-news updates. Simply enter your email address below (noting that you can unsubscribe from these emails at any time).

You can read the Society’s Privacy & Safeguarding of Data Policy  at: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/privacy-safeguarding-data-policy/

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Brighton is privileged to have an orchestra of such quality on its doorstep
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...an orchestra which continues to remind those who attend how lucky they are to have such an established orchestra on their doorstep
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