Fairfield Halls Gala Opening Concert: Wed 18 Sep

On Wed 18 September the London Mozart Players return to the newly-refurbished Fairfield Halls for a celebratory gala opening concert that marks their 70th birthday and their 30th year as Croydon’s resident orchestra. Our friends JG Theatre Club are offering tickets to this event at a cost of £69.00 (including executive coach travel). Local pick-ups will be possible from Heathfield, … Read More

Deadline for priority booking: Mon 12 August

A gentle reminder to Friends of the Phil that next Monday (12 August) is the official deadline for returning your early bird booking forms for tickets for the coming season at Brighton Dome. Friends of the Phil benefit from exclusive priority booking allowing them to book season tickets and choose their seats, with savings of up to 25% on individual … Read More

A day with the BPO by Lucy Leete

Every year the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra awards prizes of a pair of season tickets to two talented young musicians who have taken part in the Springboard Festival. In 2018 one of the recipients was flautist Lucy Leete (then aged 14). Lucy is a member of the South Downs Youth Orchestra and Classic Flutes, both via the East Sussex Music Service. … Read More

Seaford Music Society Gala Concert with Melvyn Tan: Sat 29 June 2019, 7.30pm

Friend of the Phil David Willingham is Chairman of the Seaford Music Society and writes: “Many of us remember with enormous pleasure the concert in December 2017, when Melvyn Tan joined the Brighton Phil to give us a riveting performance of Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major. Some of us were also lucky enough to attend the pre-concert interview with … Read More

Lewes Chamber Music Festival: 6-8 June 2019

The Lewes Chamber Music Festival (6-8 June 2019) has become an extremely important feature in the diary of any music-lover in the South East! This year is the eighth festival, which was founded and created by young Lewesian violinist Beatrice Philips upon graduating from her musical studies in 2012. From International Opera Stars sidling over from Glyndebourne (Iestyn Davies 2016, … Read More

Happy birthday to the Brighton Phil

18 May was the anniversary of the founding of the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra which seemed an appropriate occasion to delve back into the Society’s archives. Herbert Menges (1902-1972) was the originator and first Musical Director and Principal Conductor of the orchestra we now know as the Brighton Phil. Siegfried Frederick Herbert Menges’ early life was spent in Hove. His father … Read More

D-Day 75: Honoring the Past, Securing the Future, Fri 31 May, 7pm, Brighton Dome

The United States Army Europe Band & Chorus present “D-Day 75: Honoring the Past, Securing the Future” a concert commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and the Allied Liberation of Europe. The selections demonstrate the diversity of our Allied partners’ musical traditions and the many styles of the World War II era. The performance includes the world premiere of an … Read More

Thank you to our sponsors and supporters

On Sun 17 March after our season finale at Brighton Dome the Brighton Phil held a reception for the orchestra’s patrons, sponsors and donors to thank them for their support over the 2018/19 concert season. Attended by the Mayor of Brighton & Hove Councillor Dee Simson and many members of the orchestra, those present enjoyed champagne courtesy of an anonymous … Read More

New music series at Charleston: Melvyn Tan’s Music & Word, Sat 6 April, 7pm

Programmed by BPO favourite Melvyn Tan, now a Sussex resident, and his partner Paul Boucher, Melvyn will perform alongside the actor Eve Best: music and literature are interwoven, each one illuminating the other. The event will take place at 7pm on Saturday 6th April in the newly refurbished Hay Barn, which has an incredible atmosphere and fantastic acoustics. The programme … Read More

Rave reviews for Brighton Phil’s season finale (Sun 17 March)

Rave reviews are already appearing for the Brighton Phil’s season finale at Brighton Dome on Sunday 17 March. A selection of those which are available online are gathered below: Writing for Lark Reviews Susan Elkin declared of Rachmaninov’s piano concerto “Stephen Osborne scaled the heights of this pianistic Everest with understated panache, terrific control, plenty of drama and admirable stamina … Read More