What will your legacy be?

The Society has recently produced a leaflet asking people to consider leaving a gift to the orchestra in their Will. A season of concerts at Brighton Dome costs almost half a million pounds, yet even if every seat for every concert was sold, the income would only cover around half of these costs. Sponsorship, charitable grants, donations and Friends’ subscriptions … Read More

In Memoriam – March 2016

We are sad to report that we have learned of the deaths of the following Friends of the Philharmonic and BPO concert-goers: Jean Allden, Michael Brown, Robbie Edwards, Patricia Kornitzer, Dr Davie McGlue and John Swain.

BPO viola player walking from London to Brighton

“Hello Everyone, My name is Rachel Benjamin and I play the viola with the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra. I enjoy my trips down to Brighton very much, the orchestra is very friendly, works well together and makes a very satisfying day’s playing. Last year in June I did the London to Brighton Bike ride in aid of “British Heart Foundation” and … Read More

Barry brings Bernstein to Brighton

The final concert of the Brighton Philharmonic’s season at Brighton Dome sees another exciting collaboration with the Brighton Festival Chorus which brings over 100 singers and 80 musicians together on stage. Vaughan Williams’ epic A Sea Symphony (Symphony No.1) is a powerful setting of the poetry of Walt Whitman in what could be seen more as one huge song rather … Read More

Reviews of Mother’s Day concert

Writing for The Argus, Louise Schweitzer enjoyed “a richly satisfying afternoon of music” and praised the orchestra’s “measured and stately performance” under Howard Shelley which allowed “all Brahms’ playful inventiveness room to breathe. Graceful, pointed playing demonstrated the wind origins and underlined both Brahms’ dignity and sense of fun.”  In the Shostakovich, which she describes as “brilliantly percussive and accessible” with “a dash and … Read More

Rehearsal – Saturday 5 March

The Brighton Phil are rehearsing with Howard Shelley at Henry Wood Hall today in preparation for Sunday’s concert.  Photos courtesy of Ian Brignall, Concert Manager. All is peaceful awaiting the players…             Iain Gordon prepares the piano for Howard Shelley…


IMPORTANT NEWS for those of you attending the Brighton Phil’s concert at Brighton Dome this Sunday, 6 March – please be aware that Church Street will be CLOSED to vehicles all day from the Dome’s West Gate up to New Road due to power related works taking place. Alternative routes for vehicles to access Church Street NCP Car Park include going north from North … Read More

Howard Shelley’s musical double act (Peter Back)

Howard Shelley OBE is one of this country’s most formidable musical talents, both as pianist and conductor. His prolific recording career – with some 150 or so albums to date – has drawn attention to parts of the Romantic piano repertoire that had been sadly neglected for far too long.  At the same time, his highly acclaimed recordings of such … Read More

Reviews of Valentine’s Day Concert

Andrew Connall of The Latest wrote that despite “John Bradbury astounding us with his sensuous arabesques and Maestro Wordsworth wringing every ounce of romantic emotion from the BPO” in fact it was guest soloist “the spectacular” Melvyn Tan who stole the show in the BPO’s Valentine’s Day concert “Surely nobody plays Chopin’s 2nd Piano Concerto with a lighter touch and … Read More