Remembering John Harrison

STOP PRESS: The Brighton Phil was desperately sad to learn that Judy Harrison, who wrote this moving tribute to her late husband John, passed away last weekend. Our thoughts are with their family and friends. “John Harrison died on 17th March 2018 after a short but brave battle with cancer, aged 76. A Friend of the Phil since he and … Read More

Springboard winners attend BPO concerts this season

We are delighted to introduce the two young musicians who each won a pair of season tickets to the Brighton Phil’s 2018/19 season through their participation in this year’s Springboard Festival. They have also been invited to attend a BPO rehearsal at the Dome to meet the orchestra and conductor.   Tyzer McAllister (aged 13) won the Brighton Hammond Organ … Read More

Freddy Kempf: directing the Brighton Phil (Sun 11 Nov)

For our second concert of the new season (Sun 11 November, 2.45pm, Brighton Dome) we are delighted to be joined by international pianist Freddy Kempf who will perform Beethoven’s dramatic Piano Concerto No.3, directing from the keyboard, and will conduct the orchestra in Rossini’s brilliant overture to Semiramide and Dvořák’s popular Symphony No.7. Ian Brignall, the Brighton Phil’s Artistic Administrator, caught up … Read More

Glowing reviews of Sunday’s season opener

Reviews are starting to appear online for the Brighton Phil’s concert on Sunday afternoon: Writing for reviewer Phil Dennett writes: “Shostakovich’s Festive Overture was bold as brass, full of energy and was zipped along by conductor Barry Wordsworth, while the choir showed great attack and confidence as well as poise in the crowd-pleasing Zadok The Priest by Handel.” Read … Read More

The Brighton Phil’s new Mission Statement

Over the past few months the BPO Board has been thinking hard about the direction the Society should take in order for it to thrive in a time when financial resources are increasingly scarce, as Trustee Chris Thomson explains below: “Thanks largely to our Chair Nicolas Chisholm’s initiative we’ve been making good progress in reaching out to schools, inviting children to enjoy … Read More

Rehearsing at Henry Wood Hall: Sat 13 October

The Brighton Phil are rehearsing at Henry Wood Hall today in readiness for our concert at Brighton Dome tomorrow afternoon. Everyone is particularly loving the Parry (the symphonic poem “From Death to Life” which was a 1914 Brighton Festival commission). You can read more about this piece and its composer at: Photos courtesy of Ian Brignall, the Brighton Phil’s … Read More

Some fun Friday facts about Sir Hubert Parry

  This year is the centenary of the death of Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, one of the great 19th century British composers. Parry, whose symphonic poem From Death to Life (1914) the Brighton Phil will perform on Sun 14 October at Brighton Dome, is perhaps best known as the composer of popular choral works Jerusalem, I Was Glad and Blest … Read More

Brighton Phil musicians’ highlights of the new season

We asked our musicians which pieces of music they were particularly looking forward to playing this season: “This season is offering several things that are new to me, and that in itself is a rare treat. In the first concert, the Parry and the Elgar Bavarian Highlands are both going to be pieces that I have never heard, let alone … Read More

Barry Wordsworth looks forward to start of new season

Barry Wordsworth, Conductor Laureate of the Brighton Phil, takes charge of the first concert of our new season at Brighton Dome on Sun 14 October joined by Brighton Festival Chorus, and invites you to come along and enjoy some wonderful music: “I am very much looking forward to seeing you at the Dome on October 14th. It’s an important occasion … Read More

Worbey & Farrell to perform in London in September

  Worbey & Farrell, who brought the Brighton Phil’s last season to such an entertaining conclusion in March, are performing in London on Thursday 6 September at 7.30pm. Their Rhapsody in Blue programme at Cadogan Hall includes favourites such as Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Saint-Saën’s Carnival of the Animals, Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, and many more. Here is a link to a … Read More