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.

Tickets for our current season are on sale from Brighton Dome Ticket Office in person, by telephone (01273) 709709 and online: www.brightondome.org.

The Brighton Phil’s next concert is our hugely popular New Year’s Eve Viennese Gala which sees the return of the young British soprano Rebecca Bottone following her thrilling performance with the orchestra last New Year’s Eve. Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth will be wielding the baton this year and in addition to the traditional foot-tapping feast of waltzes, polkas and marches by the Strauss family and their contemporaries, he has included a few favourite light music scores by English composers that are very much in the same vein. You can see the full concert programme at: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/concerts/brighton-philharmonic-orchestra-concert-sun-31-december-2017/


BPO Concert Manager Ian Brignall has made a video previewing the whole of the coming season at Brighton Dome which you can view here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAnOOeIT4hI  This was filmed in Henry Wood Hall, London, where the orchestra rehearse.

An appreciative audience of Friends of the Phil and their guests attended an illustrated talk about the history of the orchestra given by Chairman Nicolas Chisholm MBE at Brighton Unitarian Church in October. Read more about the talk (which Nicolas, a regular public speaker, is happy to present to any groups who might be interested) at: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/history-brighton-phil/

We held an enjoyable Information Day in Jubilee Library, Brighton in September chatting to visitors about the orchestra and handing out copies our season brochure. Those who signed up to receive our e-newsletters had the chance to win two free tickets to the BPO concert of their choice this season! Robert Norbury was the lucky winner.

Read about our burgeoning Education Programme, which has brought live classical music to over 1,000 local children in the last three years through free interactive music workshops in local primary schools, at: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/education/  

This season our education programme will focus on Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals which features in our final concert of the season on Sunday 25 March. That morning we will be inviting local school children and their parents to our annual FREE Open Rehearsal at Brighton Dome where they will be introduced to the musicians of the orchestra and their instruments, and will hear extracts from many of the pieces that will be played that afternoon, including a short but exciting brass fanfare by Malcolm Arnold. Watch this space for more details or sign up to receive information by email about our news and events via the box at the bottom of this page.

As one of the few remaining professional British orchestras to survive without any public funding, and with ticket sales bringing in less than half the funds needed for our annual concert season, we rely on individual donations from our supporters for all our programming. We are still seeking some additional sponsorship for the second half of our current season at Brighton Dome to help ensure that we can continue to present interesting and attractive programmes to the people of Brighton & Hove, and beyond. See: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/support/

The Friends of the Phil are hugely supportive of the orchestra and their membership of the Society is crucial to its survival. Information on the benefits of becoming a Friend of your local professional orchestra (including priority booking), how to join, sponsor or make a donation can be found at: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/friends-of-philharmonic/

For more information about the orchestra please sign up to receive our quarterly newsletter, latest news and updates by email – simply enter your email address in the box near the bottom of this page (under Newsletter). You can choose to unsubscribe at any time.


Nicolas Chisholm, MBE

Chairman of BHPS

This great design by Mark Attwell, the Brighton Phil’s designer, is on display in Brighton Dome Ticket Office (on the plasma screen over the desk) encouraging those who see it to pick up a copy of our matching 2017/18 season brochure – available all over the city and downloadable from our website (as a 24 page pdf document) at: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/BPO-MSB-2017-18.pdf

Concert Season at Brighton Dome 2017/18

Below is the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert programme for our 2017/18 season at Brighton Dome which runs from October 2017 – March 2018.

You can download a pdf version of this flyer at: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/BPO-2017_18-SEASON.pdf

Tickets are on sale through Brighton Dome Ticket Office. 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/


Our 2017/18 Concert Season brochure with full details of all our concerts is available from Brighton Dome, the BPO office and various locations around the city, including Visit Brighton Information Points at Churchill Square, the Royal Pavilion, Jubilee Library and Brighton Station.

Look out for the distinctive cover design (where the starling murmuration over the West Pier has been replaced by musical notes).

Your Orchestra needs you

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

We are still seeking some sponsorship for the second half of our current concert season at Brighton Dome, details of which can be found above.

Ticket sales for our concerts, however good, make up less than 50% of our income and in order to present such exciting programmes 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


Our latest Friends of the Phil newsletter (September 2017) is now available to download as a pdf file here: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/BPO-Newsletter-SEPT-2017.pdf

Our next newsletter will be published in December. 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):

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