Welcome to the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra
Welcome to the website of the Brighton Philharmonic, Brighton & Hove’s professional orchestra, which performs an annual season of Sunday afternoon concerts at Brighton Dome along with a hugely popular New Year’s Eve Viennese Gala. We hope that it answers all your questions about who we are and what we do.
Tickets for our next season (details below) will go on sale on Monday 10 September from Brighton Dome Ticket Office in person, by telephone (01273) 709709 and online: www.brightondome.org.
Friends of the Phil enjoy priority booking as one of the benefits of membership. For more details on this and other benefits, and how to become a Friend of the Phil, please see: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/friends-of-philharmonic/
Thanks to a substantial grant from the John Carewe Brighton Orchestra Trust, and a generous legacy from the late Ted MacFadyen (a Friend of the Phil) we have been able to plan our 94th concert season.
BPO Concert Manager & Artistic Administrator Ian Brignall writes: “We have had a terrific response to Barry Wordsworth’s request for compositions to be played in this season, some easily included, others not so. There are pieces that fit well with others and have the right combination of instruments to fit programmes. Thank you to those that contributed – it has been fun sorting through them and trying to include as many of these works as we can in our very short season.”
We are excited to welcome back conductors Ben Gernon and Thomas Carroll (who will also direct from the cello).
Barry Wordsworth will conduct three concerts and Richard Balcombe takes up the baton for our traditional New Year’s Eve Viennese Gala Concert.
We are delighted to introduce Freddy Kempf (piano/conductor), Camilla Roberts (soprano) and Ilona Domnich (soprano) and to welcome back Tamsin Waley Cohen (violin) and Steven Osborne (piano).
Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth will open the new season on Sunday 14 October 2018 with Brighton Festival Chorus (currently celebrating its 50th anniversary year). They will be performing a programme of orchestral and choral works, including many by Elgar, some of which they recently recorded together for SOMM Recordings with the BBC Concert Orchestra. The concert will also include Shostakovitch’s Festive Overture Op.96 and Parry’s From Death to Life (which was a 1914 Brighton Festival Commission).
The Brighton Phil’s 2017/18 season at Brighton Dome concluded on Sunday 25 March when Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth returned to celebrate his 70th birthday with his beloved orchestra and Brighton audience with a memorable concert full of irresistible tunes and toe-tapping rhythms – including his own arrangement of a suite of music from Delibes’ delightful comic ballet Coppélia. He was joined by virtuosic piano duo Worbey & Farrell who performed a four hands, one piano arrangement of Malcolm Arnold’s Piano Concerto Op.104 and Saint-Saëns‘ Carnival of the Animals.
You can view photos taken during the performance and read a round up of reviews of the concert here that appeared in the local press and online at: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/barrys-birthday-…nd-to-the-season/
Worbey & Farrell, Barry and Concert Manager Ian Brignall filmed a short entertaining and informative preview of the concert at Henry Wood Hall, London:
On the morning of the concert the orchestra welcomed 900 children and their families to their FREE Open Rehearsal – read about this wonderful event at: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/open-rehearsal-f…ren-sun-25-march/
The Brighton Phil dedicated their concert on Sunday 25 March 2018 to the memory of the late D.V. Newbold, CBE, a Friend of the Phil for some 40 years and a generous supporter and sponsor of the orchestra, who had sponsored this concert.
Concert Season at Brighton Dome 2018/19
Below is the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra’s programme for our 94th concert season at Brighton Dome, which runs from October 2018 – March 2019.
You can download a pdf version of the season’s programme by clicking here: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/BPO-2018-19-A5-NO-TRIMS-April18.pdf
Tickets will go on sale through Brighton Dome Ticket Office from Monday 10 September. Friends of the Phil enjoy priority booking over the summer as one of the benefits of membership. For more details on this and other benefits, and how to become a Friend of the Phil, please see: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/friends-of-philharmonic/
Your Orchestra needs you
We are now seeking sponsorship for our 2018/19 concert season at Brighton Dome – details of which can be found above (tickets go on sale on Monday 10 September 2018).
Ticket sales for our concerts, however good, make up less than 50% of our income and in order to continue to present such exciting programmes to our Brighton audiences the Society needs to raise sufficient sponsorship to make up the difference.
There are opportunities to sponsor an orchestral chair position, a specific concert or simply to contribute to the concert season as a whole, as an individual or joining with others as part of a consortium.
For further details about all forms of sponsorship please contact the BPO on: (01273) 622900 or email: nicolaschisholm “@” brightonphil.org.uk
Our latest Friends of the Phil newsletter (March 2018) is now available to download as a pdf file here: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/BPO-Newsletter-MARCH-2018.pdf
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