Interviews with Worbey & Farrell on their return to Brighton Dome (Sun 1 March)

Having made their Brighton Dome debut with the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra in March 2018 with Malcolm Arnold’s Piano Concerto and Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, the self-proclaimed “masters of musical mayhem” return to the Dome with a concert featuring their own astonishing “four hands on one piano” arrangements of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, Queen’s Bohemian … Read More

Rehearsals in full swing for BPO Brass (Sun 9 Feb)

Here’s a peak behind the scenes as the stars of the orchestra’s brass section rehearse for Sunday’s concert at Brighton Dome. Tickets (£14.50-£42.50 – 50% student/U18 discount, children just £1) available from Brighton Dome Ticket Office, (01273) 709709 or online:

Welcome to new Board member Clare Bowskill

A warm welcome to new Brighton Phil Trustee Clare Bowskill, who joined the Board of Management at the recent AGM. Clare brings valuable expertise in arts marketing and communications to the role, whilst regular Brighton Dome audience members will recognise her as their Visitor Services Manager last year. Clare brings more than 20 years of experience in communications working for … Read More

Meet our new Honorary Treasurer: Bob Cook

New Brighton Phil Trustee Bob Cook was elected as Honorary Treasurer at the Society’s recent AGM, nominated by outgoing Treasurer (and University of Brighton colleague) Sue McHugh. Bob is a long term Brighton resident and after obtaining a degree in economics has worked as an accountant in financial administration, starting with East Sussex County Council and then for over 30 … Read More

Introducing Andrea Cifelli, the new Chair of the Society

Andrea took over the position from Nicolas Chisholm at the recent AGM (Sun 1 December 2019). Having supported the BPO as a Friend for many years, Andrea joined the Board of Trustees in 2017. She says: “I feel very honoured to take on this role, but I have to admit that I did so somewhat reluctantly, being so conscious of … Read More

Introducing Brighton Philharmonic Brass (Sun 9 Feb)

The stars of the Brighton Philharmonic brass section take centre stage at Brighton Dome as we continue our popular Sunday afternoon series. In a concert that will appeal to lovers of classical as well as jazz, expect the unexpected with a fiery blend of everything from fanfares to fugues.  This exclusive line up of four trumpets, four trombones, a French … Read More

In memoriam

The Society is sad to have learned of the deaths of the following Friends of the Phil: Sheila Collins Jackie Custance Diana Joll Brian Pay Miss Gillian Light, a Friend of the Phil since 2010 whose friend Charles Martin writes: “Jill was a longtime supporter of the BPO, and in particular loved the New Year’s Eve concerts followed by a … Read More

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