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

Rehearsing at Henry Wood Hall (Sat 16 March)

Great rehearsal at Henry Wood Hall this morning with Barry Wordsworth conducting and Steven Osborne showing us just what a brilliant pianist he is. If you’ve not yet got your tickets for tomorrow’s concert at Brighton Dome, then get them now! This is a performance not to be missed, and it’s your last chance to see the Brighton Phil this … Read More

Barry Wordsworth on Sunday’s concert (video)

The Brighton Phil’s Artistic Administrator Ian Brignall chats with Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth about the season finale on Sunday 17 March at Brighton Dome, which features Steven Osborne (piano) performing Rachmaninov’s epic Piano Concerto No.3, and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. The video is just under 5 minutes long. Tickets for the concert are available from Brighton Dome Ticket Office, (01273) 709709 … Read More

Steven Osborne (piano)

On Sunday 17 March we welcome back the Scottish pianist Steven Osborne who, on 9th April 1989, won the inaugural Brighton Piano Competition. Steven has since played with Barry and the Brighton Phil a further four times and is now one of the country’s most influential and brilliant pianists – equally at home in the recording studio and on the … Read More

Berlioz: Composer of the week on Radio 3

With near perfect timing, Berlioz is Radio 3’s Composer of the Week from Monday 11 March! Well it was the 150th anniversary of his death on Friday 8 March. Explore the programmes on offer about him at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006tnxf/broadcasts/upcoming There are a number of events planned this year celebrating #Berlioz150 – see: http://berlioz150.org/ Hector Berlioz wrote his magnificent Symphonie Fantastique in 1830 … Read More

Temporary BPO email problems (Fri 8 March)

Friday 8 March 2019 Please note that the email address catherinestead @ brightonphil.org.uk is not currently able to receive or send emails. Please use the email address mail @ brightonphil.org.uk to correspond with the BPO until this can be fixed. Apologies for any inconvenience.