Sasha Grynyuk (Piano)

Those of you present at the Unitarian Church last Sunday will already know that we were delighted to welcome exciting young pianist Sasha Grynyuk to our first “Brighton Connections” concert of the summer when he kindly stepped in at short notice when Howard Blake was unable to play due to an injury. Born in Kyiv-Ukraine, Sasha Grynyuk studied at the National Music Academy … Read More


“The highly colourful and lavishly illustrated programme booklets that were introduced last season have, I hope, enhanced your Sunday afternoon concert experience. A young nephew of mine once cruelly remarked that programme notes are “the bits no one bothers to read”! Certainly we all go to concerts to hear the music, not to read about it. But surely all of … Read More

Summer season

SUMMER SEASON 2015  Brighton Connections, our summer series of early evening chamber music concerts, takes place on four Sundays over the summer in the Brighton Unitarian Church. The programmes feature music by well-known Brighton composers – both living and dead – alongside some wonderful pieces by Haydn and Schubert. Howard Blake is not only the featured composer for our first … Read More

Malcolm’s musical gate

Friends and volunteer programme sellers Malcolm & Penny Crawley came across this musically decorated gate on a walk near Birling Gap and wondered if anyone knows which Malcolm the gate is named after?

Friends’ Talk by Nicolas Chisholm, MBE

“A very enjoyable afternoon learning about a most interesting talent.” That was the verdict of one of the Friends who attended the talk in Brighton Museum on Sunday 19 April. On a beautiful sunny afternoon our Chairman Nicolas Chisholm presented a fascinating talk about Yehudi Menuhin, his life and work, punctuated with amusing anecdotes from their time working together at … Read More

Obituary: Professor Sir David Watson

It is with great sadness that we report the death of a former long-serving Board member of the Brighton & Hove Philharmonic Society, Professor Sir David Watson (1949-2015) who passed away in February after a short illness.

Sponsors’ reception at the Mayor’s Parlour

We were delighted that Nicholas Menges, son of Herbert, & local composer Howard Blake were able to join Sponsors, Personal Donors and Patrons of the BPO at an early evening reception in the Mayor’s Parlour on Tuesday 14 April. Our hosts, the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Councillor Brian Fitch, and his wife Norma, thanked them for their support of … Read More

Open rehearsal for schoolchildren

Following the six workshops undertaken in local primary schools by BPO musicians in conjunction with the BBC’s Ten Pieces project, nearly 80 children and their parents attended the open rehearsal on the morning of Sunday 22 March. A number of Friends of the Philharmonic kindly gave up their Sunday morning to act as stewards/ushers for this event for which we … Read More

Friends’ post-concert reception: Sunday 22 March

  Friends and players mingled in the Dome’s Mezzanine Bar after the final concert of the season to hear the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Councillor Brian Fitch, and our Chairman Nicolas Chisholm, MBE, pay tribute to Barry Wordsworth for his 26 years’ service to the BPO as Music Director and Principal Conductor. By happy co-incidence the Mayor was elected … Read More

Education workshops update

  BPO Cellist Matthew Forbes writes about his recent visits to local primary schools: “As part of the orchestra’s revitalised initiative to take our music into the city, I have been leading music presentation workshops in three primary schools around Brighton in the last two weeks: Carden School, the City Academy at Whitehawk and St. Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School. These … Read More