Solved: the mystery of Malcolm’s musical gate!

An email recently arrived in the BPO office that solves the mystery of Malcolm’s gate (Friends of the Phil newsletter June 2015) as photographed by BPO volunteer programme sellers Penny and Malcolm Crawley near Birling Gap. See original story here when we asked if anyone knew which Malcolm the gate was named after?: “I found this posting on the … Read More

Farewell by outgoing Chairman Nicolas Chisholm, MBE

“As I come to the end of nine years as a member of the Board of Management of the Brighton Phil I can look back with pleasure at some extraordinary highlights: Holst’s The Planets, Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and all those Brahms and Dvorak symphonies – to name but a few. This season we have already enjoyed the marvellous … Read More

Life-saving memorial to Friend of the Phil at Brighton Dome

On Thu 21 November 2019 a new defibrillator was presented to Brighton Dome by the family of Trevor Attwell in his memory. Trevor passed away at his home in Lancing in the autumn from an unexpected heart condition. The previous year he supported Lancing’s first publicly funded defibrillator in memory of his late wife, Peggy. Mark Attwell, one of his … Read More

New Year’s Eve celebrated in style at the Dome

A near capacity audience at Brighton Dome were treated to a wonderful concert (dubbed “a memorable afternoon” by one reviewer) by the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of guest conductor Stephen Bell and joined by the superb soprano Ailish Tynan. Writing for the Brighton & Hove Independent reviewer Chris Francis praised the orchestra who were “led by the charismatic … Read More

Welcome in the New Year with the BPO

Start the new year celebrations in traditional style with a touch of glamour.  The Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Stephen Bell invites you to welcome in 2020 with a glittering afternoon of Viennese traditional music this New Year’s Eve at Brighton Dome.  Celebrating 30 years of their traditional New Year’s Eve Viennese Galas, travel back in time with … Read More

An interview with Ailish Tynan, soprano

It’s tough so be prepared to work hard. Stay true to yourself & stay yourself. Be kind to your colleagues. Try to enjoy it! Ailish Tynan The extract above is from a great interview last March with our New Year’s Eve guest soloist Ailish Tynan, courtesy of The Cross Eyed Pianist aka Frances Wilson, from her fascinating “Meet the Artist” … Read More

Stage door, Brighton Dome

Our guest soloist on Sunday the violinist Thomas Gould was touched to receive this note via Stage Door after his stunning performance of The Lark Ascending: Lots of lovely comments from the audience on his performance, and the concert as a whole, and you can read the official reviews of the concert here:

Wonderful reviews of Sunday’s concert

Some great reviews are starting to appear for our most recent concert conducted by Natalie Murray-Beale, joined by violinist Thomas Gould. Writing for Brighton & Hove Independent, Chris Francis praised the concert for continuing to break new ground, saying: ” On Sunday it was also noteworthy in that the conductor and the leader of the BPO were both female, Ruth … Read More

Interview with Natalie Murray-Beale

Janet Lawrence of Coastway Hospital Radio was able to speak to guest conductor Natalie Murray-Beale immediately after the concert on Sunday (you can hear the stage being re-arranged in the background!) and elicited some fascinating information about her style of conducting, her musical background, and more. You can listen to her (5 minute) interview here: Janet presents Coastway Classics … Read More

BPO rehearsal images (Henry Wood Hall, Sat 30 November 2019)

Some gorgeous images of the Brighton Phil’s rehearsal in London today preparing for Sunday’s concert – conducted by Natalie Murray-Beale and featuring Thomas Gould (violin). All images courtesy of Alexander Barnes/Apple and Biscuit And they look even more atmospheric in black and white – again images courtesy of Alexander Barnes/Apple and Biscuit.