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

Open rehearsal for schoolchildren

Following the six workshops undertaken in local primary schools by BPO musicians in conjunction with the BBC’s Ten Pieces project, nearly 80 children and their parents attended the open rehearsal on the morning of Sunday 22 March. A number of Friends of the Philharmonic kindly gave up their Sunday morning to act as stewards/ushers for this event for which we … Read More

Friends’ post-concert reception: Sunday 22 March

  Friends and players mingled in the Dome’s Mezzanine Bar after the final concert of the season to hear the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Councillor Brian Fitch, and our Chairman Nicolas Chisholm, MBE, pay tribute to Barry Wordsworth for his 26 years’ service to the BPO as Music Director and Principal Conductor. By happy co-incidence the Mayor was elected … Read More

Education workshops update

  BPO Cellist Matthew Forbes writes about his recent visits to local primary schools: “As part of the orchestra’s revitalised initiative to take our music into the city, I have been leading music presentation workshops in three primary schools around Brighton in the last two weeks: Carden School, the City Academy at Whitehawk and St. Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School. These … Read More

Gregg Isaacson (MSTAT, MMus), BPO’s Alexander Technique teacher

“Gregg’s keen interest in and detailed knowledge of human anatomy and musculature aids and clarifies his explanations, unfolding the complexities of the body. He has a quasi-instinctive recognition of the cause of one’s problems. One leaves with a better sense of well-being with much to think about and put into practice. He is quietly inspirational.” Christine Messiter, Principal Flautist with … Read More

Peter Back, BPO’s programme note writer and pre-concert interviewer

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

Pre-concert interviews

In conversation with Peter Back Why not enhance your enjoyment of the concert by attending one of our pre-concert interviews? Join Peter Back, Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra’s resident host and programme-note writer, for an enlightening and fascinating interview with our guest soloists immediately prior to their performace with the BPO. Discover the personality behind the performers. Learn about their musical background, … Read More