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 2017/18 season are now on sale from Brighton Dome Ticket Office in person, by telephone (01273) 709709 and online: www.brightondome.org.

This great image, adapted from the original 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

Our Concert Manager Ian Brignall has made a short video previewing the concert on Sunday 8 October, including a mention of pianist Alexandra Dariescu’s CD of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 which she will be playing with us on that date – available from all good record stores and well-known online retailers! You can view the video here:

We recently held an enjoyable Information Day in Jubilee Library, Brighton on Saturday 9 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.

The Brighton & Hove Philharmonic Society, the registered charity which manages the orchestra, was established “to promote and assist the study, practice, knowledge and appreciation of music, and generally advance the cause of music. It aims to bring pleasure to the local community through providing high quality, varied classical music programmes, professionally performed, at realistic prices to the audience, within the Society’s available resources.” With ticket prices starting from just £12, 50% discounts available for students & Under 18s, those on Jobseekers Allowance, Income Support or Pension Credit, and children able to attend for just £1 (when accompanied by an adult ticket-holder), we hope you agree that we are fulfilling our mission.

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

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 our 2017/18 Concert 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

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 now 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 our forthcoming 2017/18 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

Illustrated talk on the history of the Brighton Phil by BHPS Chairman Nicolas Chisholm, MBE


Our latest Friends of the Phil newsletter (June 2017) is now available to download as a pdf file here: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/BPO-Newsletter-JUNE-2017.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):

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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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