Musicians looking forward to 3 December concert

We asked the orchestra which pieces of music, and indeed concerts, they are most looking forward to this season, and our next concert, on Sunday 3 December, ranked particularly highly in their responses (see below): “The Ravel is one of my favourite piano concertos as it shows the genius of this great composer to perfection, and with a soloist we … Read More

Reviews of Remembrance Sunday concert

Comments from audience members at our Remembrance Sunday concert include: “I thought Sunday’s concert programme was extremely well put together.  The balance of emotion and expertise was excellent and I came away feeling very involved with the playing.” Joan Griffiths, BPO Sponsor “I enjoyed the concert last Sunday very much. It was my sort of programme and in particular, I thought … Read More

Rehearsing at Henry Wood Hall: Sat 11 November

The Brighton Phil & their Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth enjoyed a good rehearsal today at Henry Wood Hall, joined by virtuoso violinist Matthew Trusler, in preparation for tomorrow’s Remembrance Sunday concert at Brighton Dome (2.45pm). It was very apt that they were rehearsing Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No.4 when they paused for one minute’s silence at 11 o’clock. The programme for tomorrow’s … Read More

What are your plans for Sunday afternoon?

Read more about the concert at: www.brightonphil.org.uk/concerts Find out more about our guest soloist, Matthew Trusler, in two interviews, one by The Cross Eyed Pianist (aka Frances Wilson) in which he reveals that the Britten Violin Concerto is his favourite piece of music!:  https://crosseyedpianist.com/2013/11/07/meet-the-artist-matthew-trusler/ and the other with Hannah Nepil for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: https://www.rpo.co.uk/about/news-press/80-news/116-an-interview-with-matthew-trusler Or you could attend the Pre-Concert … Read More

Remembrance Sunday concert: Sun 12 November

In the Brighton Phil’s Remembrance Sunday concert (12 November) at Brighton Dome music by some of Britain’s greatest 20th century composers sits alongside a vivid re-imagining of an 18th century masterpiece. The orchestra, conducted by Barry Wordsworth, is joined by the violinist Matthew Trusler who performs Benjamin Britten’s emotionally and technically demanding Violin Concerto, mysterious, martial and melodic by turns. … Read More

Seeking new Trustees

The Brighton & Hove Philharmonic Society Ltd, the registered charity that manages the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, is seeking three new Board members at its AGM on Sunday 3 December 2017. Do you have a passion for classical music? Do you have an accountancy background? Would you like to put your skills and experience to use in helping to manage your … Read More

In memoriam – October 2017

The Society is sad to have learned of the recent deaths of the following Friends of the Phil: Mrs Gay Fearn (widow of Barry), Mr Warren Ford and Miss Audrey Shaw. Our thoughts and sympathy are with their family and friends.

Ian Brignall previews the Brighton Phil’s next concert

The Brighton Phil’s Concert Manager Ian Brignall previews the orchestra’s Remembrance Sunday concert at Brighton Dome (Sun 12 November, 2.45pm) in this short (5 minute) video, with some fascinating background on the composers of the pieces being performed and the works themselves. (Note the violin on the piano over Ian’s left shoulder, and the Toccata & Fugue score and book of … Read More

Richard Watson (Double Bass) – 50 Years with the Brighton Phil

  The first time I came to the Dome was in the very early ’50s when as a small child we were on holiday with some relatives who lived in Hove and I remember Douglas Reeve playing the organ. Little did I realise then that I would play on that stage many times. Growing up in South London Brighton was … Read More

Brighton Phil Leader John Bradbury’s favourite music

What sort of music do you enjoy listening to? I do love listening to music, but I have to be careful in the car because it is all too easy to focus on the music and not on the motorway! So I tend to stick with speech on Radio 4 which is easier to ignore. Occasionally, in restaurants the background … Read More