Brighton & Hove Philharmonic Society

The Brighton & Hove Philharmonic Society Limited was established in 1941 to promote and assist the study, practice, knowledge and appreciation of music, and generally advance the cause of music.

It aims to bring pleasure to the local community through providing high quality, varied classical music programmes, professionally performed, at realistic prices to the audience, within the Society’s available resources.

The principal forum for these activities is the Brighton Dome, where the Society presents an annual series of professional orchestral concerts by the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra.

Articles of Association of the Brighton & Hove Philharmonic Society Limited

The 77th Annual General Meeting of the Society took place on Sunday 3 December 2017 in the Founders Room at Brighton Dome.

Below are links to the Agenda for the meeting, the minutes of the previous AGM and a set of the full accounts for the Society for the financial year ended 31 March 2017. The minutes of the AGM will be posted here in due course.


BHPS AGM Dec 2016 Minutes



Directors/Trustees of BHPS

Daniel Bhattacharya

Elected to the Board 2013

Previously a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Daniel has been playing with the BPO for 20 years and is currently Principal Second Violin, whilst also enjoying a career performing and teaching throughout the world.

Daniel studied as a scholar at the Purcell School of Music, Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Conservatory of Music (Canada). As a soloist and chamber musician, Daniel has performed at the Wigmore Hall (London), Carnegie Hall (New York), Sheldonian Theatre (Oxford) and Queen Elizabeth Hall (London).

Formerly Head of Strings at Stowe School he is now violin tutor at Lancing College and Peter Symonds College, Winchester. Daniel works with many Youth Orchestras nationally and internationally and regularly coaches at the Royal College of Music.

Daniel lives in Brighton and is co-founder and artistic director of the Alfriston Summer Music Festival.

Stephen Chamberlain

Elected to the Board 2016

Stephen was born and grew up in Brighton and his very first exposure to orchestral music was attending free BPO concerts as a 15 year old under the sponsorship scheme with AMEX. The experience of hearing Scheherazade and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, among others, was formative in forging his future career in music education. Having recently moved back to Sussex with his young family, Stephen wanted to offer his skills and experience to an organisation which helped shaped his musical future.

Nicolas Chisholm, MBE (Chairman)

Elected to the Board 2010

Elected as Chairman November 2014

Until his retirement in 2010, Nicolas Chisholm was Headmaster for twenty-two years of the Yehudi Menuhin School, a Specialist Music School which educates 70 gifted young musicians from all over the world. It was his experience as a professional musician as Tenor Lay Clerk in Chichester Cathedral Choir and as an academic that took him to the Yehudi Menuhin School.  Before then he was Head of Classics and a housemaster at Hurstpierpoint College.

Nicolas Chisholm began his musical training while at Christ’s Hospital School from where he won a choral scholarship to St John’s College, Cambridge. He studied with Wilfred Brown, Sir Peter Pears, Ryland Davies and Jane Manning. He attended the Britten-Pears School in Snape in 1980 and 1981, specialising in Oratorio and English Song.

Nicolas Chisholm continued to maintain a professional singing career whilst running the Yehudi Menuhin School. He has sung with many of the choral societies in the South of England, and recently given a number of solo recitals. He was a founder member of New Sussex Opera singing several roles, and before that was with Opera 70 singing the eponymous hero in Britten’s Albert Herring and Captain McHeath in the Beggar’s Opera. He also directed Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

He is President–elect of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, Chairman of Trustees of the Brighton Philharmonic Society, and a council member of Brighton Early Music Festival. As a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, he has been involved in taking the young professional musicians who are Yeomen Prize winners of the Company into primary schools for interactive music workshops in London.

He is a governor of St Paul’s Girls’ School and chairman of the Education Committee. Until recently was a Governor of the Royal Ballet School and Chairman of the National Association of Music and Dance Schools.  He ran the Stoke d’Abernon Festival in 1996 and 2006, and in that same year completed a Concert Hall at the Yehudi Menuhin School in memory of its founder, Yehudi Menuhin.

He was awarded the MBE in 2011 for services to Music Education.

Apart from his passion for music, he is interested in print-making, archaeology, photography and classic cars.


Ken Childerhouse

Elected to the Board 2015

Ken is a retired University academic (relating education policy and development to business administration) who currently chairs the Brighton & Hove Council’s Independent Remuneration Panel.

Ken has had a keen interest in music since he was a choirboy and member of the school choir, which was fuelled by teenage visits to the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Rosebery Avenue. Living in Maiden Lane meant being able to enjoy opera on a regular basis at the ENO and he became a Friend of Covent Garden. Other hobbies included playing club cricket for many years and travelling round Europe exploring its history and local cuisines.

In retirement, Ken has continued his European travels with his wife Asta, enjoying visits to a variety of Opera Houses and Concert Halls including Drottningholm, Vienna and Berlin. They have also enjoyed bringing their garden into mature fruition. Since living in Brighton they have become regular Brighton Philharmonic concert-goers as well as making the most of their proximity to Glyndebourne.

Andrea Cifelli

Elected to the Board 2017

Andrea was born and raised in Scotland and has a degree in Biomedical Science, initially pursuing a career in academic research that brought her to London. A move into the pharmaceutical industry eventually led her to Sussex and to her current career as a freelance consultant in medical communications.

Despite the scientific leanings to her education and career, Andrea has had a lifelong passion for all kinds of music and – having taken up brass and reed playing in adulthood – is a player and committee member in a number of local brass and wind bands. She and her Brighton-born husband have supported the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra since moving to Brighton in 2002, and she remembers fondly her first concert – a wonderful performance with London Brass joining the orchestra for the opening movement of Janacek’s Sinfonietta.

Andrea is delighted at the prospect of being able to give something back to the organization that has given her so much pleasure over the years!


Norman Jacobs

Elected to the Board 2017

Norman is the founding Artistic Director of MOOT (music of our time), a registered charity organisation promoting music arts education in Brighton & Hove.

MOOT has created over 100 events in several series: ‘The Musicians Body’, ‘Music is for Everyone (Music & Disability)’, ‘Sounds of War – Instruments of Peace’, ‘Music for Curious Minds’, ’Crossing Boundaries: Music at the Edge’ and ‘Listen America!’ ‘Music for Two Pianos’ was a key local Parliament Week event in 2017 featuring 21 pianists including local MP Caroline Lucas. Last year, a MOOT event was recorded and broadcast by BBC Radio 3 for the programme ‘Hear & Now’.

Norman, a pianist and occasional percussionist, is keen to attract local amateur musicians from age 6 to 60+ to engage actively in playing, singing, listening, composing and learning about music.

Norman is a member of the Strings Attached committee. He recently stepped down as a lunchtime concerts curator after two years of running weekly concerts at St Nicholas’ Church, Brighton.


Sue McHugh (Honorary Treasurer)

Elected to the Board 2010

Elected as Honorary Treasurer December 2011

Sue is a Chartered Accountant who is currently employed as Chief Operating Officer at the University of Brighton where her responsibilities also include estates, information services, student accommodation, philanthropy and health and safety.  She started her career in the private sector working for several large firms of accountants in audit and management consultancy before moving into the health service and then local government.


Chris Thomson

Elected to the Board 2012

Chris Thomson recently retired as Principal of Brighton Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC) a post he had held since 1998. Prior to this he spent four years teaching in Italy and subsequently at sixth form colleges in the UK.


Attendant at Board meetings

Ian Brignall (Concert Manager)

Ian became BPO’s Concert Manager in October 2009 after a career as a professional Violinist, working with the Philharmonia and other London Orchestras performing great music with great musicians in venues all over the world. This was followed by a second career as an Orchestra Manager, firstly with the Orchestra of English National Opera and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and short spells as Personnel Manager at the Philharmonia and the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra. In addition to his role at the BPO Ian works as a concerts and tours manager working with the English Chamber Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia and as a tours manager for IMG artists.

Simon Keane (representing the John Carewe Brighton Orchestra Trust)

Simon attends Board meetings as a non-voting member representing the John Carewe Brighton Orchestra Trust of which he is a Trustee.  Simon, who is a retired accountant, has previously served as a full member of the Board from 1992-2001, was the BPO’s Stage Manager for 25 years and was a founding member of the Young Phil in the 1950s.  He was also a Trustee of the Brighton Youth Orchestra Trust from 1993-1998.

Catherine Stead (General Administrator/Company Secretary)

Elected as Company Secretary November 2014

Catherine joined BHPS in June 2014 as part-time General Administrator, having previously managed the Conferences & Events department of the University of Sussex for nearly 20 years. A keen singer, she performs with the Brighton Orpheus Choir and Women of Note, a ladies choir. She was elected as Company Secretary at the Society’s AGM in November 2014.


Officers of BHPS

Conductor Laureate:
Barry Wordsworth, D.LITT

John Lill, CBE

John Carewe, David House, Jackie Lythell, OBE, Karen Platt, Ronald Power, MBE

Nicolas Chisholm, MBE

Hon. Treasurer:
Sue McHugh

Concert Manager:
Ian Brignall

General Administrator/Company Secretary:
Catherine Stead

Accounts & Renewals Administrator:
Glynis Leaney

Charles Strickland

Mark Attwell

David Gerrard, ARPS

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