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.

Tickets for our 2018/19 season are on sale at Brighton Dome Ticket Office. 

Brighton Dome Ticket Office on Church Street is open Monday to Saturday 10am -5pm (until 6pm on performance days). Telephone: (01273) 709709 or book online at: www.brightondome.org

Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the concert from the Ticket Office from 2pm.

For our next concert (Sun 2 December, 2.45pm) we are delighted to welcome conductor Ben Gernon and violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen back to Brighton Dome for a concert that showcases two of the great classical composers – Mozart and Beethoven.

SAD NEWS: The Brighton Phil was desperately sad to learn that Judy Harrison, who recently wrote a moving tribute to her late husband John, with whom she sponsored the Principal Bass Trombone, has passed away. Our thoughts are with their family and friends. You can read Judy’s article at: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/remembering-john-harrison/

In case you missed it: 

Ian Brignall, the Brighton Phil’s Artistic Administrator chatted to pianist Freddy Kempf ahead of the concert on Sun 11 November. You can watch the two YouTube videos via this link: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/freddy-kempf-directing-the-brighton-phil-sun-11-nov/ and read the rave reviews of the concert here: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/freddy-kempf-wows-the-brighton-dome/

Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth took charge of the first concert of our new season on Sun 14 October, previewing the programme in a video interview with Ian Brignall, the Brighton Phil’s Artistic Administrator. Watch it here: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/barry-wordsworth-looks-forward-to-start-of-new-season/



The Board of the Brighton & Hove Philharmonic Society, which manages the orchestra, has recently produced a new Mission Statement for the Society. You can read it here, along with an explanation about the background behind it: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/brighton-hove-philharmonic-society/ and Friends of the Phil are invited to comment on it.


The Society’s Annual General Meeting will take place in the Founders Room at Brighton Dome immediately after the concert on Sun 2 December, and all Friends of the Phil are invited to attend. The notification of the meeting and agenda were included in the September 2018 newsletter.

We will be electing two new Board members at the meeting and are looking for nominations – might you, or someone you know, be interested in helping to manage the orchestra?


The Brighton Phil’s Chairman Nicolas Chisholm featured in the August edition of Sussex Life magazine – read more here 


“It is with great sadness that we have to report that Melanie Hornsby passed away on Tuesday night surrounded by her family.

She was an incredibly strong and very positive person and fought her appalling illness with great courage. She will be sadly missed by everyone as she was a very popular and well liked person – we will miss her lovely smiling face a great deal in Brighton.

The Brighton Phil will dedicate one of the concerts this season to her memory along with her number two 2nd Violin chair.”

(Melanie’s sister Emma will be running in the Berlin Marathon in September to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support – see: here)

Ian Brignall
BPO Artistic Administrator
6 July 2018

2018/19 SEASON

Thanks to a substantial grant from the John Carewe Brighton Orchestra Trust, and a generous legacy from the late Ted McFadyen (a Friend of the Phil) we were able to plan our 94th concert season, which commences Sun 14 October 2018

BPO Artistic Administrator Ian Brignall writes: “We had a terrific response to Barry Wordsworth’s request for compositions to be played in this season, some easily included, others not so. There are pieces that fit well with others and have the right combination of instruments to fit programmes. Thank you to those that contributed – it has been fun sorting through them and trying to include as many of these works as we can in our very short season.”

We are excited to welcome back conductors Ben Gernon and Thomas Carroll (who will also direct from the cello).  Barry Wordsworth will conduct three concerts and Richard Balcombe takes up the baton for our traditional New Year’s Eve Viennese Gala Concert.

We are delighted to introduce Freddy Kempf (piano/director), Camilla Roberts (soprano) and Ilona Domnich (soprano) and to welcome back Tamsin Waley Cohen (violin) and Steven Osborne (piano). 

Our 2018/19 season brochure with full details of all the concerts is available now. You can’t miss it – the quirky cover illustration was produced by our talented designer Mark Attwell, and is colourful, fun and very Brighton!

Pick up your copy from the BPO office or Brighton Dome, or from a number of Visit Brighton Information Points around the city (including Jubilee Library, Churchill Square & Brighton Station) or you can download a pdf version (24 pages) by clicking on the link below: 


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 2018/19 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), 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

Concert Season at Brighton Dome 2018/19

Below is the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra’s programme for our 94th concert season at Brighton Dome, which runs from October 2018 – March 2019.

You can download a pdf version of this leaflet by clicking here: BPO-2018-19-A5-NO-TRIMS-April18.pdf

Pick up a copy of our full season brochure with details of all the concerts from the BPO office or Brighton Dome Ticket Office, or you can download a pdf version (24 pages) by clicking on the link below: 


Your Orchestra needs you

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

We are still seeking some sponsorship for our 2018/19 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 as part of a consortium.

For further details about all forms of sponsorship please contact the BPO on: (01273) 622900 or email: nicolaschisholm “@” brightonphil.org.uk


Our latest Friends of the Phil newsletter (September 2018) is now available to download as a 12 page colour pdf file here: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/BPO-Newsletter-SEPT-2018-Colour-29Aug18.pdf

Our next newsletter will be published in December.

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You can read the Society’s Privacy & Safeguarding of Data Policy  at: privacy-safeguarding-data-policy

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