Our first concert of the 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.)
Our concert on Sun 5 February featured the return of Thomas Carroll in the dual role of conductor and soloist, with symphonies by Mozart and Mendelssohn performed with Haydn’s Cello Concerto No.1.
Sun 5 March was the date of our annual Open Rehearsal for Children when we were delighted to welcome some 500 children and their parents to hear the orchestra rehearse at Brighton Dome – the culmination of our education project this season. This was followed by an exciting concert conducted by distinguished Romanian conductor Cristian Mandeal and featuring violin virtuoso Chloë Hanslip in a programme of Enescu, Korngold and Elgar. Reviews of the concert can be found at: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/reviews-of-sun-5-march-concert-at-brighton-dome/
Sun 26 March was our season finale when Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth returned with an exciting programme of Kodaly, Schumann & Scriabin. We also welcomed back Martin Roscoe (piano) for a performance of the Schumann Piano Concerto in A Minor – a work brimming over with melody and joy from start to finish. You can read reviews of the concert at: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/reviews-of-bpos-season-finale-sun-26-march/
We also revealed details of next season’s programme at the concert and said a fond farewell to Peter Back, our programme note writer and Pre Concert Interviewer for the last 19 seasons, at a Sponsors Reception after the concert.