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Freddy Kempf (piano/director) & the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra

11 November, 2018 @ 2:45 pm - 4:45 pm UTC+0

Concert sponsored in memory of Philip Wilford

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra

Freddy Kempf Piano/Director


Rossini Overture: Semiramide

Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3 in C Minor Op.37

Dvořák Symphony No.7 in D Minor Op.70


We are delighted to welcome Freddy Kempf to Brighton as both pianist and director for this concert. Freddy is a long-time favourite of British audiences after winning the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 1992 with a performance that catapulted him to international recognition.

Freddy opens the concert with Rossini’s brilliant overture Semiramide. He will perform and direct Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3, possibly one of the finest piano concertos ever written. Composed in 1800 the work is full of drama and emotion as Beethoven struggled to come to terms with his increasingly poor health and loss of hearing.

Dvořák’s Symphony No.7 is one of the most endearing and popular of his nine symphonies. This profoundly intimate work was written in 1885 as a commission for the London Philharmonic Society. Dvořák described it to a friend: “What is in my mind is Love, God, and my Fatherland.” It presents the listener with Dvorak’s love of his country and the folk music that characterises its national pride.

You can watch a short video where Freddy explains the differences between performing as a conductor and soloist, and where he will position the piano for the concerto he will be directing from the keyboard at: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/freddy-kempf-directing-the-brighton-phil-sun-11-nov/

Today’s concert is dedicated to the memory of Philip Wilford, a sponsor in recent years with his wife Jane of the Principal Flute, who sadly passed away earlier this year, aged 67, after suffering from cancer for four years. Philip was a big fan of Freddy Kempf and loved Beethoven.

Jane writes: “We have both had so much pleasure from attending Brighton Philharmonic concerts over many years. Music was part of our life together and we are all very lucky in this town to have such a wonderfully enriching cultural scene, of which the Brighton Philharmonic is an integral part. Philip was very keen for the orchestra to go from strength to strength, and he left a bequest in his will to the Brighton Philharmonic Society of £10,000.”

The Society is very grateful to Philip for this generous bequest, and to Jane who continues to sponsor the Principal Flute.


Tickets £12.50-£39.50 (Students/U18s 50% discount) from Brighton Dome Ticket Office (01273 709709) or https://brightondome.org/event/18853/brighton_philharmonic_orchestra/

Discounted parking (just £6 between 1&6pm) available for all BPO concert-goers at NCP Church Street Car Park. Collect a follow on ticket at the concert from the Car Parking stand in the Dome foyer.


11 November, 2018
2:45 pm - 4:45 pm
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Catherine Stead
01273 622900


Brighton Dome
Church Street
Brighton , BN1 1UE United Kingdom
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01273 709709