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.
29th March concert cancelled:
Further to the UK Government’s announcement on Monday 16th March, and to the Brighton Dome’s understandable decision to temporarily close from Tuesday 17th March, we are sorry to announce that our forthcoming concert on Sunday March 29th will no longer go ahead. (Ticket holders for the event will be contacted separately.)
We are extremely disappointed not to be able to bring you this programme, but we fully support the Dome’s decision to ensure the well-being of all patrons, performers and staff at this difficult time. We will continue to monitor the situation over the coming weeks and look forward to bringing you an update on our 20/21 season as soon as possible.
17 March 2020
On Sun 1 March the Brighton & Hove Philharmonic Society went back to its historical roots as a promoter to present Worbey & Farrell in "Rhapsody" (a concert in which the orchestra did not appear).
The unsurpassable piano duo performed a programme that included their own astonishing "four hands on one piano" arrangements of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody and Addinsell’s iconic Warsaw Concerto, and much more.
An appreciative audience at Brighton Dome enjoyed an afternoon of sublime music and entertainment, and got the chance to meet the "masters of musical mayhem" afterwards as they took the time to sign autographs and chat to a large crowd of excited and enthusiastic concert-goers.
In this short YouTube video BPO Artistic Administrator Ian Brignall chatted with the irrepressible duo beforehand about what they would be playing in the concert, and why...
You can see a longer (10 minute version) of this video at: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/four-hands-one-piano-discover-the-double-act-who-declassify-classical-music
Our first concert of 2020 at Brighton Dome took place on Sun 9 February and whilst the rest of the city was battening down the hatches (ahead of Storm Ciara) the stars of our talented brass section were raising the roof of this iconic building with a delightful programme of brass ensemble music through the ages inspired by the legendary Philip Jones Brass Ensemble.
The YouTube video below shows the players rehearsing for the concert:
You can read about the pieces our musicians were particularly looking forward to performing, and why, here: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/next-concert-brighton-philharmonic-brass-sun-9-feb/
Here is a link to the free double-sided sheet given out at the concert listing all eleven players who performed in the concert and (on page 2) giving some biographical information about them:
For those who didn't recognise it, the encore they played was Kraken by Chris Hazell - Kraken was the fourth "Brass Cat".
EARLIER IN THE SEASON, IN 2019:
Rounding off 2019 our hugely popular annual New Year's Eve Viennesa Gala, now in its 30th year, was once again generously supported by the John Carewe Brighton Orchestra Trust.
Popular guest conductor Stephen Bell returned to wield the baton, joined by the wonderful Irish soprano Ailish Tynan. You can find reviews of the concert here: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/new-years-eve-celebrated-in-style/
Read more about the concert, including what Stephen Bell and Ailish Tynan were particularly looking forward to performing, here: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/welcome-in-the-new-year-with-the-bpo/
Our second concert of the season on Sun 1 December was conducted by Natalie Murray-Beale and featured some Classic FM favourites including Vaughan William's The Lark Ascending (soloist Thomas Gould) and Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik alongside two Haydn symphonies.
Thomas was touched to receive this note via Stage Door after the concert:
For a brief but fascinating interview with Natalie immediately after the concert please go to: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/interview-with-natalie-murray-beale/
To read the wonderful reviews of the concert that have appeared in the local press please see: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/reviews-of-sundays-concert-3/
A stunning collection of photos taken during the rehearsal the day before the concert by Alexander Barnes of Apple and Biscuit can be found here: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/bpo-rehearsal-images-henry-wood-hall-sat-30-november-2019/
Our first concert of the new season on Sun 10 November showcased the Brighton Philharmonic Strings who were joined by improvising jazz violinist, composer and bandleader Christian Garrick and friends for a memorable collaboration that blurred the boundaries of classical, tango, jazz and gypsy folk music.
"The @BPO_orchestra has shown that it can do something a bit different to attract new and younger audiences, as well as keeping the regular concert-goers happy"
Just one example of the wonderful feedback we have received from concert-goers which are collated, along with official reviews of the concert, here: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/rave-reviews-for-season-opener-with-christian-garrick-friends/
The encore was Christian Garrick’s own arrangement of the Passa Calle (Allegro vivo) from Luigi Boccherini’s Night Music on the Streets of Madrid (Musica notturna delle strade di Madrid). You may remember it from the 2003 film Master & Commander. Christian played the violin on the film’s soundtrack - not Russell Crowe!
For a fascinating interview with Christian Garrick from immediately after the concert, and a video about his amazing clockwork violin see: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/interview-with-christian-garrick-and-that-clockwork-violin/
As one of the few remaining professional British orchestras to survive without any public funding, and with ticket sales bringing in less than half the funds needed for our annual concert season, we rely on individual donations from our supporters for all our programming.
We are already seeking sponsorship for our 2020/21 concert season at Brighton Dome to help ensure that we can continue to present interesting and attractive programmes to the people of Brighton & Hove, and beyond. See: Support Us
The Friends of the Phil are hugely supportive of the orchestra and their membership of the Society is crucial to its survival. Information on the benefits of becoming a Friend of your local professional orchestra (including priority booking, free access to orchestral rehearsals and a free ticket to bring a friend to one of our concerts), how to join, sponsor or make a donation can be found at: Friends of BPO
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Your orchestra needs you
We are now seeking sponsorship for our 2020/21 concert season at Brighton Dome.
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.
For further details about all forms of sponsorship please contact the BPO on: (01273) 622900 or email: chairman @ brightonphil.org.uk
Our latest Friends of the Phil newsletter (January 2020) is now available to download as a 2 page pdf file by clicking on the link below:
Our next Friends of the Phil newsletter will be published in April.
Our latest e-newsletter (26 February 2020) can be viewed here: https://mailchi.mp/8dd0dc3276c0/ri1fuiwe6m-2608798
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