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.

Our next concert takes place on Sun 9 February and puts members of our talented brass section centre stage to perform a delightful programme of music scored for a French horn, four trumpets, three tenor trombones, a bass trombone and a tuba.

Let Brighton Philharmonic Brass take you on an entertaining musical journey across the centuries, from Tylman Susato's Rennaissance Dances, via works by Purcell and Byrd through to the 20th century and Chris Hazell's jazzy, light-hearted Brass Cats Suite.

STILL TO COME:

The Brighton & Hove Philharmonic Society present Worbey & Farrell in "Rhapsody" on Sun 1 March. Having made their debut with the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra in 2018 with Malcolm Arnold’s Piano Concerto and Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, the unsurpassable piano duo return to the Brighton Dome with a concert featuring their own astonishing "four hands on one piano" arrangements of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, Queen's Bohemian Rhpasody and Addinsell’s iconic Warsaw Concerto, and much more.

“Extremely virtuosic and beyond dazzling”  Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3

“Impressive virtuosity and artistry. Truly unique and entertaining. I can think of no better way to draw new audiences to classical music”  Linda Merrick - Principal of Royal Northern College of Music

“They have an astonishing ability to convey to their audience the joy and fun inherent in making music”  Barry Wordsworth - Conductor

Please note that the orchestra will not appear in this concert.

Our season finale on Sun 29 March sees the return of the full orchestra and our Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth who will be joined by popular soloist Thomas Carroll (cello) to perform the wonderful Elgar Cello Concerto.

PREVIOUSLY:

Our most recent concert was the hugely popular annual New Year's Eve Viennesa Gala, now in its 30th year and generously supported once again 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.

Rehearsal, Henry Wood Hall, Sat 30 Nov courtesy of Alexander Barnes/Apple and Biscuit

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/

2019/20 season:

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

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 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

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.

Your orchestra needs you

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

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

Newsletter

Our latest Friends of the Phil newsletter (December 2019) is now available to download as a 2 page pdf file here: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/BPO-Newsletter-DEC-2019-2pp-COL.pdf

Our next newsletter will be published in January 2020.

Our latest e-newsletter (31 December 2019) can be viewed here: https://mailchi.mp/3d98a6890978/ri1fuiwe6m-2567661

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