Sponsor marathon runner in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

  Brighton Phil violinist Melanie Hornsby is asking people to sponsor her sister Emma Lee who will be running in two marathons (London & Berlin) in 2018 to raise money for the wonderful charity Macmillan Cancer Support.     ”Having originally been diagnosed with primary breast cancer in 2010 it was devastating to discover in March 2017 that my cancer had returned, … Read More

BFC concerts in the Brighton Festival and beyond

Brighton Festival Chorus has two concerts taking place at Brighton Dome during the Brighton Festival: Britten: War Requiem (Sat 12 May 7.30pm) to mark the centenary of the end of World War One, BFC is joined by the Britten Sinfonia and the Orchestre de Picardie (who are based in Amiens in the heart of what was the Western Front), and … Read More

BPO office closure dates in April & May

Due to staff sickness and holidays the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra office will unfortunately be closed from 21 April to 13 May 2018 inclusive. Emails received during this period will be checked periodically but may not receive a response until the week commencing 14 May. If you would like to leave a message on the office answerphone the number is (01273) … Read More

Brighton Phil’s new season at Brighton Dome commences 14 October 2018

Thanks to a substantial grant from the John Carewe Brighton Orchestra Trust, and a generous legacy from the late Ted MacFadyen (a Friend of the Phil), the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra has been able to plan our 94th concert season at Brighton Dome. Concert Manager & Artistic Administrator Ian Brignall writes: “We had a terrific response to Barry Wordsworth’s request to … Read More

John Bradbury: Session Musician

In the latest of a series of articles by Brighton Phil Leader John Bradbury, he tells us about his experiences as a session musician when he’s not playing with the Brighton Phil. It is no less than 33 years since I left the safety of BBC employment and became a freelance musician. Synthesizers and artificial electronic sounds had not then … Read More

In memoriam

The Society is deeply saddened to have learned of the recent deaths of a number of Friends of the Phil and supporters of the orchestra, including: Betty Fitzsimmons a former volunteer and Friend of the Phil for many years. Dr John Harrison a long-standing Friend of the Phil who, with his wife Judy, has sponsored the orchestral chair of Principal Bass … Read More

Introducing Gemma Seymour

Third year Sussex University Music student Gemma Seymour has been undertaking a placement with the Brighton Phil this Spring as she explores the hypothesis: “Partnerships with schools and local organizations, such as orchestras, have a positive effect on encouraging music education in schools” for her final project. Gemma has been assisting with the orchestra’s Education Project whilst also exploring ways … Read More

Springboard winner’s family connection to Howard Shelley

As part of their prize from the Brighton Phil, last year’s Springboard Festival winners Berniya Hamie and Natasha O’Flynn chose to attend the Brighton Phil’s rehearsal at Brighton Dome on Sunday 11 February 2018 and met guest conductor Howard Shelley. Natasha was accompanied to the rehearsal by her piano teacher, and grandmother, Nicola Grunberg, and a fascinating family connection to … Read More

Barry’s birthday celebrations provide the perfect end to the season

After a busy morning that saw 900 children and their parents/teachers attend their Open Rehearsal for Children, the Brighton Phil was in party mode for the season finale that afternoon (Sunday 25 March) with the orchestra, temporarily conducted by Leader John Bradbury, joined by the audience who sang “Happy Birthday” to Barry Wordsworth, Conductor Laureate. Wonderful reviews of the concert … Read More

Open Rehearsal for Children – Sun 25 March 2018

On Sunday morning we welcomed an audience of 900 to Brighton Dome to watch and listen to the orchestra rehearse for that afternoon’s concert. This was the culmination of this season’s Education Project which has seen eight workshops take place in local schools, in conjunction with Brighton & Hove Music & Arts, reaching over 500 children. In a change of … Read More

Rehearsing for season finale on Sunday 25 March

Worbey & Farrell recently met up with conductor Barry Wordsworth and Concert Manager Ian Brignall at Henry Wood Hall, London, to rehearse the two pieces they will be performing with the Brighton Phil in our final concert of the season on Sunday 25 March. They filmed an entertaining and informative preview of the concert where they talk about the music … Read More