Flashback to 1975 – BPO childrens’ concert

On Saturday 25 October 1975 the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of John Carewe, performed “Music for Starters? – A Concert particularly for Children” at Brighton Dome.  The programme included Glinka’s “Russlan & Ludmilla” Overture, the “Scherzo” from Beethoven’s “Symphony No.3 in E Flat (Eroica)” and extracts from Prokoviev’s “Lieutenant Kijé Suite”. Were you in the audience that day?    … Read More

Brighton Festival Chorus Christmas Concert

We are delighted to report that the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra will be supporting the Brighton Festival Chorus and Brighton Festival Youth Choir in their annual Christmas Concert at Brighton Dome on Saturday 12 December 2015 at 6pm. Conducted by James Morgan with Juliette Pochin (Mezzo) and Nicky Spence (Tenor) this promises to be a joyous celebration of the very best in … Read More

What the critics are saying….

Reviews of our recent “Brighton Connections” Summer Season concerts:   “This delightful, well-balanced programme was very well received by a gratifyingly large audience.  They may soon require a larger venue!” The Latest   “These Summer Concerts provide a most civilized retreat from Brighton’s raucous holiday atmosphere. Those thinking of popping along can be assured of interesting programmes and a friendly welcome … Read More

Sasha Grynyuk (Piano)

Those of you present at the Unitarian Church last Sunday will already know that we were delighted to welcome exciting young pianist Sasha Grynyuk to our first “Brighton Connections” concert of the summer when he kindly stepped in at short notice when Howard Blake was unable to play due to an injury. Born in Kyiv-Ukraine, Sasha Grynyuk studied at the National Music Academy … Read More


“The highly colourful and lavishly illustrated programme booklets that were introduced last season have, I hope, enhanced your Sunday afternoon concert experience. A young nephew of mine once cruelly remarked that programme notes are “the bits no one bothers to read”! Certainly we all go to concerts to hear the music, not to read about it. But surely all of … Read More

Summer season

SUMMER SEASON 2015  Brighton Connections, our summer series of early evening chamber music concerts, takes place on four Sundays over the summer in the Brighton Unitarian Church. The programmes feature music by well-known Brighton composers – both living and dead – alongside some wonderful pieces by Haydn and Schubert. Howard Blake is not only the featured composer for our first … Read More

Malcolm’s musical gate

Friends and volunteer programme sellers Malcolm & Penny Crawley came across this musically decorated gate on a walk near Birling Gap and wondered if anyone knows which Malcolm the gate is named after?

Friends’ Talk by Nicolas Chisholm, MBE

“A very enjoyable afternoon learning about a most interesting talent.” That was the verdict of one of the Friends who attended the talk in Brighton Museum on Sunday 19 April. On a beautiful sunny afternoon our Chairman Nicolas Chisholm presented a fascinating talk about Yehudi Menuhin, his life and work, punctuated with amusing anecdotes from their time working together at … Read More

Obituary: Professor Sir David Watson

It is with great sadness that we report the death of a former long-serving Board member of the Brighton & Hove Philharmonic Society, Professor Sir David Watson (1949-2015) who passed away in February after a short illness.

Sponsors’ reception at the Mayor’s Parlour

We were delighted that Nicholas Menges, son of Herbert, & local composer Howard Blake were able to join Sponsors, Personal Donors and Patrons of the BPO at an early evening reception in the Mayor’s Parlour on Tuesday 14 April. Our hosts, the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Councillor Brian Fitch, and his wife Norma, thanked them for their support of … Read More