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Tickets are available from Brighton Dome Ticket Office in person, (01273) 709709 and www.brightondome.org.

Our first concert of the new season took place on Sun 9 October with Barry Wordsworth at the helm joined by guest soloist Andriy Vytovych (viola) for a rousing programme that included music by Liszt, Walton & Tchaikovsky. ITV Meridian News came to the morning rehearsal at Brighton Dome to film the orchestra rehearsing and interview Barry Wordsworth (Conductor Laureate) and Ian Brignall (Concert Manager) – click on the link below to watch the result: http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2016-10-13/orchestra-seeks-out-new-audiences/

This was followed on Sun 6 November by a collaboration with the Brighton Festival Chorus with whom we performed Brahms’ Schicksalsleid (a gem of a piece previously unfamiliar to many) and his magnificent German Requiem under the baton of James Morgan (BFC’s Music Director) with soloists Sarah Tynan (soprano) & Leigh Melrose (baritone). Read the rave reviews this concert engendered at: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/reviews-of-sundays-concert-2/

On Sun 4 December we celebrated some of the most wonderful orchestral music written for film in a “Best of British Film Scores” concert. You can read what Richard Balcombe our guest conductor had to say about the concert and film music at: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/the-best-of-british-film-scores-sun-4-december/

A near capacity audience enjoyed our popular New Year’s Eve Viennese Gala on Sat 31 December, joined by regular guest conductor Stephen Bell and soprano Rebecca Bottone. You can find read what Stephen Bell had to say about the concert, and Rebecca, at: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/new-years-eve-viennese-gala-sat-31-dec/ and read reviews of the concert at: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/reviews-of-viennese-gala-concert-sat-31-december/

Sun 15 January brought two exciting young musical talents to Brighton – guest conductor Ben Gernon and pianist Joseph Moog with a programme of Rossini, Grieg and Dvořák. Enjoyed by another large and appreciative audience who turned out despite the dismal weather, the concert attracted glowing reviews – see: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/reviews-of-sun-15-january-concert/ (For those who have asked, Joseph Moog’s encore on Sun 15 January was Rachmaninov‘s Etude-Tableau Op.33, No.8 in G Minor.)

Most recently Sun 5 February featured the return of Thomas Carroll in the dual role of conductor and soloist, with symphonies by Mozart & Mendelssohn performed with Haydn’s Cello Concerto No.1. You can read reviews of the concert at: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/reviews-of-sun-5-february-concert/

Personally I am looking forward very much to the Korngold Violin Concerto and to hearing Chloë Hanslip playing it. I first heard Chloë play the violin when she was five years old and have been bowled over by her playing ever since! To have the Elgar First Symphony in the same programme (Sun 5 March) is the icing on the cake.


Sun 5 March is also the date of our FREE Open Rehearsal for Children at Brighton Dome – the culmination of our education project – where we invite local children and their parents to come and experience a full-size professional orchestra playing live classical music. That morning the orchestra will be rehearsing George Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No.1, an exciting piece of music full of vivid folk-tunes and gypsy rhythms, which is the focus of workshops run by the orchestra’s musicians in local primary schools in February.  Last year we welcomed nearly 400 children and their parents to our Open Rehearsal so please keep the date free and see below for further details and how to book your free place.


You can read about the pieces our musicians have been particularly looking forward to performing this season, and why, at: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/season-highlights-from-brighton-phil-musicians/

The Friends of the Philharmonic are, as always, hugely supportive of the BPO. Information on the benefits of becoming a Friend of your local professional orchestra, how to join or how to make a donation can be found at: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/friends-of-philharmonic/

As one of the few remaining professional British orchestras to survive without any public funding, we rely on individual donations from our supporters for all our programming and we are seeking sponsorship for our 2017/18 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/


Nicolas Chisholm, MBE

Chairman of BHPS

Your orchestra needs you

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

We are already seeking sponsorship for our 93rd concert season at Brighton Dome, the dates of which can be found below.

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

Dates for 2017/18 season at Brighton Dome


Main Concert Season at Brighton Dome 2016/17


Tickets for our current orchestral season at Brighton Dome are available from Brighton Dome Ticket Office in person, by telephone and online: www.brightondome.org

Friends of the Philharmonic enjoy priority booking for tickets, including season tickets.  For details on how to become a Friend of the Philharmonic please see: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/friends-of-philharmonic/

You can DOWNLOAD a pdf version of this flyer here.

Our Main Season Brochure detailing the whole season is available from Brighton Dome, the BPO office and various locations around the city.


you can DOWNLOAD a pdf version of the brochure here.


Our latest Friends of the Phil newsletter (December 2016) is now available to DOWNLOAD as a pdf file here (click on the coloured/underlined word DOWNLOAD). Our next newsletter will be published in March. We also send out news updates by email no more than once a month, which you can sign up to receive below:


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