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 now 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.


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

We are excited to welcome back conductors Ben Gernon and Thomas Carroll (who will also direct from the cello).  

Ben Gernon (conductor) copyright Simon Annand

Thomas Carroll (cello/conductor)

Barry Wordsworth will conduct three concerts and Richard Balcombe takes up the baton for our traditional New Year’s Eve Viennese Gala Concert.

Richard Balcombe (conductor)

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

Freddy Kempf (piano/conductor)

Camilla Roberts (soprano)

Ilona Domnich (soprano)

Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin)

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 Ticket Office, or you can download a pdf version (24 pages) by clicking on the link below: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/BPO-season-brochure-2018-19-WEB.pdf

Tickets are on sale now through Brighton Dome Ticket Office (01273) 709709 www.brightondome.org.

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:   https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/BPO-season-brochure-2018-19-WEB.pdf

Tickets will are on sale now through Brighton Dome Ticket Office (01273) 709709 www.brightondome.org.

Your Orchestra needs you

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

We are still seeking some further sponsorship for our 2018/19 concert season at Brighton Dome – details of which can be found above – and beyond.

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 our Chairman Nicolas Chisholm, MBE at: nicolaschisholm “@” brightonphil.org.uk


Our latest Friends of the Phil newsletter (September 2018) is now available to download as a twelve page colour pdf file here: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/BPO-Newsletter-SEPT-2018-Colour-29Aug18.pdf

Our next newsletter will be published in December.

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