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: 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:   Reviewing for 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

Book now and save on four BPO concerts in 2019

Why not treat yourself (or a fellow music-lover) to a season ticket to four Brighton Phil concerts at Brighton Dome (on Sundays 20 January, 10 February, 3 & 17 March 2019) and enjoy some fantastic music and world-class guest artists. Book by 2.45pm on Mon 31 December to take advantage of this very special discounted price. This special offer is … Read More

Ian Brignall previews the BPO’s NYE concert

“Vienna without Strauss is like Austria without the Danube.” Hector Berlioz     The Brighton Phil’s Artistic Administrator Ian Brignall has filmed a short (under 5 minutes) preview of our New Year’s Eve Viennese Gala concert at Brighton Dome, which will be conducted by Richard Balcombe and features Ilona Domnich (soprano), looking particularly at the fascinating history of the Strauss … Read More

New Year’s Eve Viennese Gala featuring Ilona Domnich, soprano

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