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 is our 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. 

Stephen Bell returns as guest conductor 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/


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/

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 Chisholm, 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.

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.

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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