WELCOME TO THE BRIGHTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Welcome to the website of the Brighton Philharmonic, Brighton & Hove’s professional orchestra. We hope that it answers all your questions about who we are, what we do and how you can obtain tickets for our concerts.
Following a hugely successful 90th season, in which we saw a six percent growth in audience numbers, we are very much looking forward to our 91st season. This will again consist of eight orchestral concerts in the Brighton Dome Concert Hall, 6 of which will be conducted by our Conductor Laureate, Barry Wordsworth.
For the second year we will be presenting our summer series of chamber music concerts in the Brighton Unitarian Church, a lovely venue for ensemble playing. Our “Brighton Connections” series features works by local composers alongside familiar works by Haydn and Schubert, and we are fortunate that Howard Blake will be performing his music in the opening concert of this highly enjoyable series.
The Friends of the Philharmonic are, as always, hugely supportive of the BPO and as a result the orchestra is thriving. We rely on individual donations from our supporters for our programming, which this season will feature old favourites by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Schubert, as well as lesser-known works by Kalinnikov, Bruckner, Bernstein and William Alwyn. Opportunities to sponsor individual musicians or whole concerts help to ensure that we can continue to present interesting and attractive programmes.
Information on how to join the Friends or make a donation can be found within these webpages.
We look forward to welcoming you to our 91st concert season where we are sure you will enjoy our exciting programmes, which feature an array of well-known soloists.
Nicolas Chisholm, MBE
Chairman of BHPS
Brighton Connections, our summer series of early evening chamber music concerts, takes place on four Sundays over the summer in the Brighton Unitarian Church. The programmes feature music by well-known Brighton composers – both living and dead – alongside some wonderful pieces by Haydn and Schubert.
Howard Blake is not only the featured composer for our first concert on 21 June but he is also our pianist, joining members of the BPO and Peter Adams (cello) with whom he will perform Pennillion for Cello & Piano. Howard’s Early Piano Trio is a re-working of an as-yet-unpublished piece that he wrote as a schoolboy (whilst attending Brighton Hove & Sussex Grammar School, now BHASVIC) and this will be its first performance since its re-working.
STOP PRESS: Unfortunately due to an injury Howard Blake is unable to play for us on Sunday, however we are delighted to welcome the exciting young pianist Sasha Grynyuk who has stepped in at very short notice. Howard will introduce his pieces.
Pianist Jeremy Young (who played Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.12 so beautifully last summer) returns on 5 July to join the quartet in local composer Frank Bridge’s Miniatures for Piano Trio. This programme also features Haydn’s “Emperor” String Quartet.
On 19 July we welcome back Peter Copley, whose String Quartet No.2 was performed last summer, with his Partita for Piano Quartet, for which Rachel Fryer is the pianist. The piece started life as a commission by the Schubert Ensemble which Peter later developed, encouraged by his friend and fellow composer Paul Carr. This programme also includes Haydn’s “The Lark” String Quartet & Schubert’s Quartettsatz in C Minor.
In our final concert on 9 August we focus on local composer Barry Mills with a performance of his String Quartet (2007) in a programme that also includes Jonathan Price playing Gordon Jacobs’ Suite for Bassoon and String Quartet. Haydn’s “The Rider” String Quartet completes the programme.
Tickets are £15 (or £12 for Friends of the Phil). Concerts start at 5pm with doors opening at 4.30pm. Tickets are available via Brighton Dome Ticket Office in person, by telephone (01273) 709709 or online at: www.brightonticketshop.com. Subject to availability tickets will be available on the door from 4.30pm.
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