Open Rehearsal for Children – Sun 25 March 2018

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, Brighton Dome, Sun 25 March 2018 copyright David Gerrard

On Sunday morning we welcomed an audience of 900 to Brighton Dome to watch and listen to the orchestra rehearse for that afternoon's concert. This was the culmination of this season's Education Project which has seen eight workshops take place in local schools, in conjunction with Brighton & Hove Music & Arts, reaching over 500 children.

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, Brighton Dome, Sun 25 March 2018 copyright David Gerrard

In a change of format to previous years, the first part of the rehearsal was structured to give the children an exciting introduction to the different sections of the orchestra and the sounds they can make, with a fanfare by Malcolm Arnold giving the brass section a great opportunity for showing off! The orchestra also played a Waltz from Barry Wordsworth's arrangement of Coppélia by Delibes and were joined by pianists Worbey & Farrell for the finale of Carnival of the Animals.

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, Brighton Dome, Sun 25 March 2018 copyright David Gerrard

Barry Wordsworth, Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, Brighton Dome, Sun 25 March 2018 copyright David Gerrard

The children left animated and excited by the experience, with many parents taking the time to thank us for such a wonderful opportunity, which was free of charge to attend. Here is a selection of tweets and Facebook posts which we received: Our grateful thanks to the following volunteers (without whose assistance on the day we could not have organised such a huge event) and Friends of the Phil: James Booth, Rush & Richard Bosworth, Penny Crawley, Ann & Martin Higgins, Cathy John, James Simister, Philip Thompson, Sarah Tobias & David Willingham. Also Gemma Seymour, Jacqueline Jones and Jools Wood, our official photographer David Gerrard, BPO Vice-President Karen Platt, Chairman Nicolas Chisholm and Trustees Ken Childerhouse & Chris Thomson. And from Brighton Dome: Clare Bowskill and the front of house staff, Jody Yegba and Box Office.
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