New Year’s Eve Viennese Gala

Richard Balcombe makes a welcome return to Brighton as guest conductor for the Brighton Phil’s annual New Year’s Eve Viennese Gala, joined by the Russian-born soprano Ilona Domnich whose lyric coloratura will add sparkle to our afternoon with a selection of delightful songs and arias from well-known operettas and musicals from the 19th century and beyond. This is always one … Read More

Rave reviews for Ben Gernon & Tamsin Waley-Cohen concert: 2 Dec 2018

Collected below are the rave reviews received for the Brighton Phil’s latest concert: Oh and for those of you who asked, Tamsin Waley-Cohen’s show-stopping (and double-stopping!) encore was Fritz Kreisler’s Recitativo & Scherzo-Caprice. Here is a video from Classic FM of her performing it earlier in the year: Reviewing for uckfieldnews.com Phil Dennett opened with: “The Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra’s 500th … Read More

Ian Brignall previews Sunday’s concert on video

The Brighton Phil’s Artistic Administrator Ian Brignall has recorded a short (4.5 min) video preview of Sunday’s exciting concert (which features Ben Gernon, conductor and Tamsin Waley-Cohen, violin) in which he concludes: “This is a concert not to be missed. I look forward to seeing you all at what will be a concert of joy, humour and above all three great … Read More

Sunday’s concert dedicated to Ted McFadyen

The Brighton Phil’s concert on Sunday 2 December at Brighton Dome is dedicated to the memory of Ted (Edward J) McFadyen who died, aged 88, in December 2016. Ted had been a Friend of the Phil for 30 years and was from time to time a Patron of the orchestra and sponsor of concerts. He left a generous bequest in his … Read More

The Brighton Phil reaches a milestone on Sunday

Brighton’s only resident professional orchestra, the Philharmonic, presents its 500th concert on Sunday 2nd December. Founded 94 years ago as the Symphonic String Players, it has been presenting orchestral concerts without a break since 1927 in the historic Brighton Dome and officially became the Brighton Philharmonic 60 years ago. In their first concert under this guise on Sunday 5 October … Read More

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: https://thelatest.co.uk/brighton/2018/11/12/brighton-philharmonic-orchestra-freddy-kempf-piano-conductor/ 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