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.

The Brighton Phil at Brighton Dome 2019/20 Season

Tickets range from £14.50-£42.50 (50% student/U18 discount) and 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 and how to purchase tickets is available from the BPO office and Brighton Dome Ticket Office 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

Our first concert of the new season on Sun 10 November showcases the Brighton Philharmonic Strings who are joined by violinist Christian Garrick and friends for a programme of music from South America and beyond, including an orchestral suite of Oscar-winning composer Anne Dudley's score for BBC TV's Poldark, Sir John Dankworth's rhythmic and bluesy Violin Concerto, which was written for Christian, Astor Piazzolla's Four Seasons and Libertango, and much more...

For more details of the concert programme see: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/concerts/christian-garrick-friends-with-the-brighton-philharmonic-strings/

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/

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.

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 "Our Society" page at: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/brighton-hove-philharmonic-society/

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

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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