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 current season at Brighton Dome concludes on Sunday 25 March when Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth returns to celebrate his 70th birthday with his beloved orchestra and Brighton audience with a memorable concert full of irresistible tunes and toe-tapping rhythms – he has even arranged a suite of music from Delibes’ delightful comic ballet Coppélia for the occasion, promising a cascade of sprightly, witty and tender melodies.
He is joined by virtuosic piano duo Worbey & Farrell who will be performing a four hands, one piano arrangement of Malcolm Arnold’s Piano Concerto No.104 (which was originally written for three-handed piano duo Cyril Smith and Phyllis Sellick – Steven Worbey’s teacher) and Saint-Saëns‘ Carnival of the Animals. Familiar to many, this hugely entertaining creation conjures up a musical menagerie with a parade of creatures drawn with imagination and insight, wittily narrated by the piano duo who have brought it up to date with modern-day cultural references that include climate change, iPads and “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here”.
The concert opens with the sweeping grandeur of the Finnish landscape incomparably evoked by Sibelius in his Karelia Suite – written early in his career, based on folk tunes and inspired by the great wilderness of South East Finland, this is one of his most popular pieces and includes the exhilarating ‘Alla Marcia’.
As Barry writes in the programme for this concert: “I cannot wait to perform for you all with Steven Worbey and Kevin Farrell. This will be fun, and will provide an excuse for celebration at the end of another wonderful season.”
On the morning of the concert the orchestra will be welcoming hundreds of children to their FREE Open Rehearsal – for further details and how to book see below.
UPDATE FRI 16 MARCH: THE OPEN REHEARSAL WAS FULLY BOOKED BUT WE ARE DELIGHTED TO REPORT THAT MORE SEATS HAVE NOW BEEN RELEASED SO IT IS BOOKABLE VIA BRIGHTON DOME TICKET OFFICE IN CHURCH STREET IN PERSON, BY TELEPHONE (01273) 709709 AND ONLINE: https://brightondome.org/event/17203/brighton_philharmonic_orchestra_open_rehearsal_for_children/
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/
Dates for 2018/19 season
The dates for our next concert season at Brighton Dome are shown below and we look forward to announcing the programmes in March:
Your Orchestra needs you
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 (December 2017) is now available to download as a pdf file here: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/BPO-Newsletter-DEC-2017.pdf
Our next newsletter will be published in March. 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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