In memoriam – October 2017

The Society is sad to have learned of the recent deaths of the following Friends of the Phil: Mrs Gay Fearn (widow of Barry), Mr Warren Ford and Miss Audrey Shaw. Our thoughts and sympathy are with their family and friends.

Ian Brignall previews the Brighton Phil’s next concert

The Brighton Phil’s Concert Manager Ian Brignall previews the orchestra’s Remembrance Sunday concert at Brighton Dome (Sun 12 November, 2.45pm) in this short (5 minute) video, with some fascinating background on the composers of the pieces being performed and the works themselves. (Note the violin on the piano over Ian’s left shoulder, and the Toccata & Fugue score and book of … Read More

Richard Watson (Double Bass) – 50 Years with the Brighton Phil

  The first time I came to the Dome was in the very early ’50s when as a small child we were on holiday with some relatives who lived in Hove and I remember Douglas Reeve playing the organ. Little did I realise then that I would play on that stage many times. Growing up in South London Brighton was … Read More

Brighton Phil Leader John Bradbury’s favourite music

What sort of music do you enjoy listening to? I do love listening to music, but I have to be careful in the car because it is all too easy to focus on the music and not on the motorway! So I tend to stick with speech on Radio 4 which is easier to ignore. Occasionally, in restaurants the background … Read More

BPO Touch Tour: Sun 12 November at 1.30pm

For many blind or partially sighted concert-goers, a touch tour is an essential part of the experience, providing them with extra sensory detail in order to enhance their enjoyment and understanding of the concert that follows.   We are delighted to report that Ian Brignall, BPO Concert Manager, will lead a 30 minute Touch Tour prior to our concert on … Read More

A History of the Brighton Phil

An appreciative audience attended BHPS Chairman Nicolas Chisholm‘s illustrated talk on the history of the orchestra at Brighton Unitarian Church on Saturday 14 October. The talk traced the history of the orchestra from its earliest incarnation in May 1925 (as the Symphonic String Players) through to the present day, accompanied by images and music, and there was the opportunity for … Read More

Rave reviews of BPO season opener

We were delighted to welcome Alexandra Dariescu to Brighton for the opening concert of our new season at Brighton Dome on Sunday, conducted by Barry Wordsworth, and what a tremendous performance! 5 stars from The Argus​ – the first review of Sunday’s concert to appear was by Louise Schweitzer (who also had the pleasure of interviewing Alexandra immediately before the concert). … Read More

Rehearsing at Henry Wood Hall – Sat 7 October

Photos of Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth, guest soloist Alexandra Dariescu and the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra rehearsing at Henry Wood Hall courtesy of BPO Concert Manager Ian Brignall.

Barry Wordsworth looks forward to Sunday

  Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth takes charge of the first concert of the Brighton Phil’s new season at Brighton Dome on Sunday saying:   “What a glorious start to the season. Two masterpieces of German Symphonic structure, both sharing glorious sunlight conclusions. Genoveva is an exciting discovery as it is not often played. As the beginning to his opera, it … Read More

Sunday specials at Brighton Dome

Whatever your plans for Sunday, we hope they include a trip to the Brighton Dome to the Brighton Phil’s new season opener with Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth and guest soloist Alexandra Dariescu (piano). Alexandra will be performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1, which features in her most recent CD, and will be selling and signing copies of the CD in the interval in … Read More