Freddy Kempf wows the Brighton Dome

Rave reviews are appearing for the Brighton Phil’s latest concert with Freddy Kempf on Sunday 11 November. These include a glowing review for The Latest written by Andrew Connal. Read it here: Phil Dennett reviewing for the Horsham & District Post, Henfield Hub & Uckfield News made special mention of the dedication of the concert to the memory of Philip Wilford, … Read More

John Bradbury, Leader of the Brighton Phil

In an interview over tea & cake with General Administrator Catherine Stead, John Bradbury reveals how he spends his free time Free days “After a busy spell of work, I sometimes feel inspired and energetic, filled with far reaching plans for the future with idealistic solutions for improving violin technique. But I am equally likely to find that the next … Read More

D V Newbold, CBE (1926-2018)

Don Newbold was a staunch and extremely generous supporter of the Brighton Phil for many years. He passed away in March 2018, just before the concert he had sponsored brought last season to a close. Our concert on Sun 17 March 2019 will be dedicated to his memory. His close friend for over 65 years, Ron Grief, describes Don’s fascinating life, career and … Read More

The Brighton Phil’s Artistic Administrator: Ian Brignall

Towards the end of last season Ian Brignall’s job title changed from Concert Manager to Artistic Administrator. The Board felt this would more accurately reflect the amount of work he undertakes on behalf of the orchestra contracting guest artists, and that it would assist him in his negotiations with their agents. We are extremely lucky that Ian has many contacts … Read More

Remembering John Harrison

STOP PRESS: The Brighton Phil was desperately sad to learn that Judy Harrison, who wrote this moving tribute to her late husband John, passed away last weekend. Our thoughts are with their family and friends. “John Harrison died on 17th March 2018 after a short but brave battle with cancer, aged 76. A Friend of the Phil since he and … Read More

Springboard winners attend BPO concerts this season

We are delighted to introduce the two young musicians who each won a pair of season tickets to the Brighton Phil’s 2018/19 season through their participation in this year’s Springboard Festival. They have also been invited to attend a BPO rehearsal at the Dome to meet the orchestra and conductor.   Tyzer McAllister (aged 13) won the Brighton Hammond Organ … Read More

Freddy Kempf: directing the Brighton Phil (Sun 11 Nov)

For our second concert of the new season (Sun 11 November, 2.45pm, Brighton Dome) we are delighted to be joined by international pianist Freddy Kempf who will perform Beethoven’s dramatic Piano Concerto No.3, directing from the keyboard, and will conduct the orchestra in Rossini’s brilliant overture to Semiramide and Dvořák’s popular Symphony No.7. Ian Brignall, the Brighton Phil’s Artistic Administrator, caught up … Read More

Glowing reviews of Sunday’s season opener

Reviews are starting to appear online for the Brighton Phil’s concert on Sunday afternoon: Writing for reviewer Phil Dennett writes: “Shostakovich’s Festive Overture was bold as brass, full of energy and was zipped along by conductor Barry Wordsworth, while the choir showed great attack and confidence as well as poise in the crowd-pleasing Zadok The Priest by Handel.” Read … Read More

The Brighton Phil’s new Mission Statement

Over the past few months the BPO Board has been thinking hard about the direction the Society should take in order for it to thrive in a time when financial resources are increasingly scarce, as Trustee Chris Thomson explains below: “Thanks largely to our Chair Nicolas Chisholm’s initiative we’ve been making good progress in reaching out to schools, inviting children to enjoy … Read More

Rehearsing at Henry Wood Hall: Sat 13 October

The Brighton Phil are rehearsing at Henry Wood Hall today in readiness for our concert at Brighton Dome tomorrow afternoon. Everyone is particularly loving the Parry (the symphonic poem “From Death to Life” which was a 1914 Brighton Festival commission). You can read more about this piece and its composer at: Photos courtesy of Ian Brignall, the Brighton Phil’s … Read More