BPO Education Programme

The orchestra has for many years invited young people from schools in Brighton & Hove to attend an orchestral rehearsal in Brighton Dome Concert Hall during our main season. We are keen to introduce young people to the exciting sound world of classical music and to ensure that they have the opportunity to hear what an orchestra sounds like. Of course many of them will have heard the soundtracks to films without realising what produces the wonderful music that can have such a powerful effect on the emotions.

Thanks to the financial support of the Fonthill Foundation, an educational charity, and donations by Friends of the Phil and retired educators, the orchestra has been able to expand its range of education events. Working with SoundCity, the Music Hub for Brighton & Hove, we have been able to provide 15 free interactive music workshops in local primary schools, given by members of the orchestra, bringing live music to some 850 children over the last two years.

This year’s workshops are taking place in February focussing on Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No.1, an exciting piece of music full of vivid folk-tunes and gypsy rhythms. These will culminate in our Open Rehearsal for Children on Sun 5 March: PLEASE NOTE the deadline for booking your FREE places at our open rehearsal has been extended to Mon 27 February. We need to know the names of all those attending in advance, including which are adults and which children. Please email: to book.


We have seen an increase in the number of young people attending our concerts in recent years. To attract even more we offer special-rate tickets for those who play in the Brighton Youth Orchestra and for members of the Brighton & Hove Music Hub and their parents, and a 50% discount for students which we actively promote to both universities. Family tickets mean two children under the age of 16 can attend our concerts for just £1 each if accompanied by a ticket-bearing adult.

Future plans to develop our education programme depend on our ability to raise the necessary funds. If you would like to help in any way, please contact Nicolas Chisholm, MBE, Chairman of the Society.

Brighton & Hove Philharmonic Society Ltd

41 George Street, Brighton, BN2 1RJ

(01273) 622900 or

2015 Education Programme

In 2015 six schools enjoyed workshops given by Donna-Maria Landowski (percussion) and Matthew Forbes (cello) which focussed on “Mars” from The Planets suite by Gustav Holst, which was also one of the “Ten Pieces” of classical music promoted by the BBC that year.


All workshop participants and indeed children from all primary schools in Brighton & Hove were invited to the morning rehearsal on Sunday 22 March 2015 to hear The Planets played live. Over 120 children and their parents and teachers sat in the choir stalls close to the orchestra to experience its exciting sound. The children were able to apply for free tickets to the concert that followed, with discounted tickets for their parents, and several took up the offer.


2016 Education Programme

In 2016 thanks to a further grant from the Fonthill Foundation, and individual  donations, nine more schools benefited from workshops given by Roland Roberts (violin), Donna-Maria Landowski (percussion) and Matthew Forbes (cello) focussing on Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.  The second movement of this wonderful piece is one of the Classical 100 pieces of music being promoted by ABRSM, in association with Classic FM, with online resources available to primary schools at:

Workshop participants and children from primary schools throughout Brighton & Hove were invited to our open rehearsal at Brighton Dome, on Sunday 14 February 2016, to hear Scheherazade rehearsed by the full orchestra, with the opportunity to interact with the conductor and musicians.  Nearly 400 children/parents/teachers attended and a gallery of images from the event is available to view below.  The children were offered free tickets to the afternoon concert with a special discounted rate for accompanying adults and we were delighted to achieve a season’s best audience that afternoon with several families returning to take advantage of this.




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