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.

ENCORE (Sun 10 Nov):

The encore in today’s wonderful concert 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), Op.30 No.6 (G.324). It was written around 1780 as a quintet for stringed instruments by the Italian composer who was in service to the Spanish Court from 1761 to 1805.

You may remember it from the 2003 film Master & Commander. Christian played the violin on the film’s soundtrack - not Russell Crowe!

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 are receiving from concert-goers which we are collating, along with official reviews of the concert as and when they appear, here: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/rave-reviews-for-season-opener-with-christian-garrick-friends/

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/

Violinist Thomas Gould, who joins the Brighton Phil on Sun 1 December to perform Vaughan Williams’ glorious masterpiece for solo violin and orchestra, The Lark Ascending, won rave reviews for his recording of the work on a 2015 CD (Live in Riga with Sinfonietta Riga for Edition Classics).

“Gould’s playing is so lucid and polished that you wouldn’t believe this was a live recording.” The Strad

“A serene, lyrically airborne, softly voiced account. There is a natural sweetness and polish to Gould’s timbre, but it has a ripeness, clarity and purity as well…An absolute winner of a disc.” The Telegraph

“Gould soars aloft with effortless grace, tenderness and fragrant poetry.” Gramophone Magazine

We very much look forward to hearing Thomas, who plays a 1782 Guadagnini violin, perform with the Brighton Phil at Brighton Dome, conducted by Natalie Murray-Beale.

For full details of the concert, which also includes Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik and Haydn’s “Farewell” Symphony, see: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/concerts/natalie-murray-beale-conducts-the-brighton-phil-thomas-gould-violin/

Rounding off the first half of the season, Stephen Bell returns as guest conductor for our annual New Year’s Eve Viennese Gala, joined by the Irish soprano Ailish Tynan. This popular concert has become part of the cultural calendar of the city, and we invite you to join us to see out the old year and welcome in the new in a swirl of waltzes, marches and polkas by the Strauss family and others. You can see the full programme here: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/concerts/the-brighton-phi…ve-viennese-gala/

Tickets for all our concerts range from £14.50-£42.50 (with a 50% student/U18 discount available, andchildren can attend for just £1) plus 3 Concert Saver Tickets and Season Tickets are available as well as discounts on group bookings - call (01273) 709709 or go to:  https://brightondome.org/whats_on/classical%20music/

Our 2019/20 season brochure with details of all the concerts is available from the BPO office and Brighton Dome Ticket Office as well as many locations around the city, or you can download a (pdf 20 page) copy here by clicking on this link: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/BPO-SEASON-PROGRAMME-no-trims.pdf

In the news:

Regular readers of Viva Brighton & Viva Lewes magazines may have spotted an interview with outgoing BHPS Chairman Nicolas Chisholm in the November editions - read more: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/interview-with-outgoing-chairman-nicolas-chisholm/

Thanks to the Mayor

We are most grateful to the Mayor of Brighton & Hove Councillor Alexandra Phillips for hosting a reception in the Mayor's Parlour on Fri 18 October for sponsors and supporters of the Brighton Phil. We were delighted that our beloved Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth was guest of honour, pictured here with the Mayor and our Chairman, Nicolas Chisolm, MBE, who will be stepping down from this position at our AGM in December having served the maximum term of nine years as a Trustee of the Brighton & Hove Philharmonic Society.

We look forward to welcoming the Mayor to our final concert of the season at Brighton Dome on Sun 29 March 2020 and to the sponsors reception after the concert.

Annual General Meeting: Sun 1 December 2019

The Society's 79th Annual General Meeting will take place in the Founders Room at Brighton Dome immediately after the concert on Sun 1 December 2019.

The agenda for the meeting, at which both Chairman Nicolas Chisholm and Honorary Treasurer Sue McHugh will retire from the Board, having both served the maximum term of nine years, was sent to Friends of the Phil in their September newsletter, along with minutes of last year's meeting.

You can download a copy of the Agenda here: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/79th-Annual-General-Meeting-Notification.pdf

A copy of the Trustees Report and Full Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2019 is available to view here: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2019-Accounts-Full-F-11-Sept-2019.pdf

The minutes of last year's AGM can be found on the "Brighton & Hove Philharmonic Society" page under the "Friends" tab at: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/brighton-hove-philharmonic-society/

There will be three vacancies on the Board at this year's AGM for which nominations close on Mon 11 November

If you would like to contribute to a leaving collection for our out-going Chairman and Honorary Treasurer please contact Catherine Stead, General Administrator, in the BPO office.

If you would like to discuss joining the Board or require further information please contact Chairman Nicolas Chisholm, MBE via email at: chairman @ brightonphilharmonic.org.uk

Support us

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 currently seeking sponsorship for our 2019/20 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

For more information about the orchestra please sign up to receive our quarterly newsletter, latest news and updates by email - simply enter your email address in the box near the bottom of this page (under Newsletter). You can choose to unsubscribe at any time.

Nicolas Chisholm, MBE

Chairman of BHPS

Your orchestra needs you

We are enormously grateful to all those Friends and supporters whose sponsorship made our last season possible.

We are now seeking sponsorship for our 2019/20 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 (September 2019) is now available to download as a 8 page pdf file here: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/BPO-Newsletter-SEPT-2019-mono.pdf

Our next newsletter will be published in December 2019.

Our last e-newsletter (March 2019) can be viewed here: https://us12.admin.mailchimp.com/campaigns/share?id=2124661

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