BPO website essential maintenance scheduled: 22-23 June 2017

Please note that the Brighton Phil’s website will be unavailable on Thu 22 & Fri 23 June 2017 due to essential maintenance. Apologies in advance for any inconvenience caused. Update: Our planned website maintenance at the end of last week unfortunately over-ran as some additional issues were identified that needed fixing. Apologies for any inconvenience and thanks for your patience.

Springboard winners 2017

We are delighted that a pair of season tickets to the BPO’s next season, and the opportunity to attend a rehearsal and meet the orchestra, were won by two talented young musicians in this year’s Springboard Festival: Berniya Hamie (cello & piano) and Natasha O’Flynn (viola & piano) both aged 14. Berniya played the first movement of Grieg’s Piano Concerto … Read More

Ani Batikian & Roland Roberts concert: Cadogan Hall, Thu 29 June

Ani Batikian, a regular BPO violinist writes: “I would like to invite you to my upcoming concert at Cadogan Hall, 29th June at 7:30pm. The concert will include Khachaturian’s exuberant Violin Concerto as well as a new piece written for me by my husband Roland Roberts The Ninth Wave and dedicated to the great marine painter Ivan Aivazovsky. We are … Read More

The Walking Viola (BHF London to Brighton Trek 24/25 June)

    BPO viola player Rachel Benjamin is undertaking the London to Brighton Trek (24/25 June) for British Heart Foundation again, and would be most grateful for anyone wishing to sponsor her via her JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/TheWalkingViola   “I did this walk in June 2016 and trudged through mud, water, pain and the whole night and when I’d finished my … Read More

Martin Roscoe’s 65th Birthday Recital at Wigmore Hall: Sat 8 July

Join Martin for his 65th birthday recital on Saturday 8 July 2017 (7.30 pm) when he will be playing: SCHUBERT… Two Scherzi D.593 Piano Sonata in G D.894 Piano Sonata in B flat D.960 “My love for the music of Schubert has never known any boundaries, but it is interesting that in recent years his piano music has become more … Read More

John Bradbury (Leader) on playing with the BPO

John Bradbury spent a morning in the BPO office earlier this year talking about his musical career and his life outside the Brighton Phil. In the second of several articles for the Friends of the Phil newsletter he recalls how he came to join the BPO and why he’s still playing with them…   How many years have you been playing with the … Read More

Introducing Louise Schweitzer

Local author, freelance journalist and regular Argus drama and classical music reviewer Louise Schweitzer will be undertaking the Brighton Phil’s Pre-Concert Interviews this coming season. Louise is a Member of the Society of Authors, a former Member of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising and a Doctor of Philosophy from Sussex University.     “I am very honoured to be invited … Read More

Priority booking for Friends of the Phil now open

Thanks to the efforts of a small but dedicated band of volunteers and Friends of the Phil, the new season brochure and our June newsletter are now winging their way to our members via Royal Mail and cyberspace. Fortified by home-made cake and lots of tea during the epic three day envelope stuffing and label/stamp sticking exercise, we also sent out the all … Read More

Looking back to our roots…

The Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra was formed by Herbert Menges in 1925 as the Symphonic String Players which aimed “to become a large and powerful String Orchestra, and to give periodical concerts of a high standard in Brighton and Hove”. Photo of Sir Herbert Menges courtesy of Royal Pavilion, Libraries and Museums (Brighton & Hove). The opening concert took place at … Read More

Lewes Chamber Music Festival: Fri 23 – Sun 25 June 2017

The sixth Lewes Chamber Music Festival will place take over the weekend of 23rd – 25th June. Set across three days the festival brings together internationally renowned musicians for eight concerts in the intimate setting of the All Saints Centre, along with one late-night-concert held at St Michael’s church on the opening night. Exploring the romantic world surrounding Robert Schumann … Read More