BPO music education workshops & open rehearsal

As previously reported, thanks to another grant from the Fonthill Foundation and generous contributions from Friends and retired educators, the BPO is continuing its education outreach programme, with interactive music workshops taking place in nine local primary schools during January. The schools where workshops will be taking place are: Fairlight Primary, Woodingdean Primary, Aldrington Primary, Hove Junior, Hertford Junior, St … Read More

Will writing workshop

  “The BPO and its fine work were very close to my husband Bob’s heart. He very much valued the work of the orchestra and left a gift in his Will in appreciation of the wonderful concerts we so enjoyed together.” Anne Gunnell, Friend of the Philharmonic   It’s a common myth that only the rich and famous leave money … Read More

Society News: New Board member and new Vice President

At the Society’s AGM on Sunday 8 November, Karen Platt stepped down from the Board after six years’ service, including two as Chairman. In recognition of her sterling work steering the Society through the financial crisis of 2013 and managing the Appeal (for which she won “Sussex Woman of the Year – Woman in the Arts”) Karen was unanimously voted … Read More

Reviews of New Year’s Eve concert

Below are some reviews of the BPO’s New Year’s Eve concert at Brighton Dome:   The Argus gave the concert 5 stars, saying it was a “beguiling treat” and reporting that an “elegant lady in red stole the show” referring to soprano Kiandra Howarth. Read their review in full by clicking on the link below: http://www.theargus.co.uk/leisure/arts_and_entertainments/14179950.Brighton_Philharmonic_Orchestra__Viennese_Gala/   Dr Brian Hick … Read More

Change to NYE programme

There will be one change to the published programme for our New Year’s Eve concert. In the second half the Puccini aria, Ch’il bel Sogno di Dorretta, will be replaced by: Dvorak: Song to the Moon (Rusalka) This glorious aria is from Dvorak’s most successful opera, Rusalka, written in his 60th year. It is based on the folk tale of … Read More

NYE soloist Kiandra Howarth

Kiandra Howarth (soloist in the Brighton Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve concert and a former Royal Opera Jette Parker Young Artist) won the Culturarte Prize in “Operalia 2015” earlier this year. Founded in 1993 by Plácido Domingo, the Operalia competition has helped launch the careers of the best young opera singers in the world. It has become one of the most prestigious vocal competitions, … Read More

Preview of NYE concert (Peter Back)

“The Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra will be ushering in 2016 with their usual pizazz on New Years’s Eve with a traditional Viennese Gala, one of the most anticipated musical events of the year. Adding a touch of glamour to the occasion will be the Australian soprano Kiandra Howarth, whose ‘incredible voice and beautiful stagecraft and presence’ so captivated Placido Domingo earlier … Read More

Reviews of Sunday’s concert

Dr Brian Hick of Lark Reviews describes Sunday’s concert as “An afternoon of warmly romantic music when the weather outside was wet and blustery.” going on to say that “Stephen Bell’s enthusiasm is catching and he added a new layer of energy and life to a programme which was itself full of life-enhancing joy.” Read his review in full here: http://www.larkreviews.co.uk/?cat=3   … Read More