Previewing our next concert: Sun 3 March

Ian Brignall, Artistic Administrator previews the Brighton Phil’s next concert on Sun 3 March, 2.45pm, Brighton Dome: “Symphonic concerts generally fall into the same pattern – an overture, a concerto, an interval and then a symphony. But when you introduce a theme into the concert, the shape changes completely. For this our seventh concert in the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra’s season, … Read More

Reviews of Sunday’s concert (10 February 2019)

Reviews of our most recent concert (on Sun 10 February) are now appearing online and in the local press. Phil Dennett writes “The Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde is melodic and colourful, but conductor Stephen Bell also teased all Wagner’s passion out of the orchestra’s excellent expression without it wallowing into sentimentality. Some poignant oboe decorated the piece … Read More

Rehearsing at Henry Wood Hall: Sat 9 February

Exciting rehearsal at Henry Wood Hall, London this morning (music by Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss & Reinhold Glière) in preparation for our concert at Brighton Dome tomorrow – as you can see Ian Brignall our Artistic Administrator got some great camera angles!

Stephen Bell talks about the next concert (Sun 10 Feb)

Ian Brignall, the Brighton Phil’s Artistic Administrator, recently caught up with guest conductor Stephen Bell to talk about the forthcoming concert, which Stephen says is going to be a “highly charged emotional romantic programme”: Read more about the concert at: https://www.brightonphil.org.uk/concert-dedicated-to-the-memory-of-melanie-hornsby-no-2-second-violin/ A free sheet with the words to the Four Last Songs (in English and German) will be available at the … Read More

Concert dedicated to the memory of Melanie Hornsby, No.2 Second Violin

Ian Brignall, Artistic Administrator, introduces the orchestra’s next concert on Sunday 10 February: “In the first half of our second concert of 2019 we visit two amazing talents of the late Romantic era – two German composers who changed the face not only of Romanticism, but the sound and energy of the orchestra. Two Richards, Wagner and Strauss, who were … Read More

Reviews of Sun 20 January concert with Thomas Carroll

The first reviews are in for Sunday’s concert at Brighton Dome: Andrew Connal writing for The Latest says of conductor/cellist Thomas Carroll: “The audience loved his virtuosity.” Read his review in full at: https://thelatest.co.uk/brighton/2019/01/21/brighton-philharmonic-orchestra-thomas-carroll-cello-conductor/   Reviewing for uckfieldnews.com Phil Dennett says: “Prokofiev’s fine Symphony Number 1 in D Major provided an enticing entrée to the afternoon, with gurgling bassoon, dancing … Read More

Thomas Carroll joins the Brighton Phil: Sun 20 January

Introducing our next concert Ian Brignall, Artistic Administrator writes: “This first Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra concert of 2019 is, in football manager’s parlance, a concert of two halves, a clean classical early symphony to open the concert demanding a high standard of orchestral virtuosity, a cello concerto that demands huge technique from its soloist, and a second half that transports our audience … Read More

Ian Brignall previews the second half of the season

Artistic Administrator Ian Brignall introduces the second half of the Brighton Phil’s season of Sunday afternoon concerts at Brighton Dome: “If the first half of this Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2018/19 season captivated your musical senses, the next four concerts have got amazing musical surprises and some magnificent music written by some highly gifted composers. On Sunday 20th January we welcome … Read More

Reviews of New Year’s Eve concert

For those who have asked, Ilona Domnich’s stunning departing encore was Alexander Alabiev’s The Nightingale. (The orchestra’s final encore, The Radetsky March, needs no introduction of course!) The Nightingale is Russian composer Alabiev’s most famous work, a song based on a poem by Anton Delvig. It was composed in 1825 while Alabiev was in prison, accused of murder. It has entered Russian … Read More

John Bradbury radio interview to be repeated

At Home This Morning is a fortnightly radio programme for older listeners regularly presented by Friend of the Phil Richard Davis, produced by Grey Matters Productions and broadcast on Brighton’s community radio station RadioReverb on Sundays from 8-9am, Tuesdays at 11am and Thursdays at 9am. This Sunday 30 December at 8am they will be repeating the programme from last year … Read More