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:   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:   … Read More

A Christmas present from the BPO

Give the gift of music  As those of you who attended our concert today will already know, between Sunday 6 and Thursday 31 December we have a limited number of half season tickets available at specially reduced prices. As the perfect present for a loved one you can buy a ticket for all four BPO concerts between January and March … Read More

Preview of BPO’s 6 December concert (by Peter Back)

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra & Martin Owen (horn), conductor Stephen Bell Brighton Dome Concert Hall, Church Street, Sunday, December 6 The Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra’s guest soloist this Sunday afternoon is Martin Owen, widely regarded as one of Europe’s leading horn players. His position as principal horn with the BBC Symphony Orchestra was temporarily interrupted when the world famous Berlin Philharmoniker poached … Read More