Reviews of season finale – 20 March

Rave reviews for the Brighton Phil’s final concert of the season on Sunday 20 March with Brighton Festival Chorus singled out for particular praise in their performance of Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony.   Writing for The Argus Phil Dennett said that “Poetry emotion was at the heart of a superb climax to a highly successful season for the Brighton … Read More

Musical Connections

Philip & Jane Wilford, Chair Sponsors of the Principal Flute for the second half of the current season, recently met Christine Messiter. Jane was particularly keen to talk to Christine because her father, George Crozier, was for many years a flautist with the Philharmonia, and played with Eddie Walker who was Christine’s teacher. Regular BPO flautist & Principal Piccolo Deborah … Read More

£5 million for Brighton Dome

Brighton Dome has been awarded just under £5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a major refurbishment of the Corn Exchange, a Grade I listed building, and the Grade ll listed Studio Theatre to enable previously hidden heritage spaces to be restored for public viewing. This funding comes on top of £5.8m pledged by Arts Council England, along with … Read More

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