Brighton Phil’s new season at Brighton Dome commences 14 October 2018

Thanks to a substantial grant from the John Carewe Brighton Orchestra Trust, and a generous legacy from the late Ted McFadyen (a Friend of the Phil), the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra has been able to plan our 94th concert season at Brighton Dome.

Concert Manager & Artistic Administrator Ian Brignall writes: “We had a terrific response to Barry Wordsworth’s request to Dome audiences for compositions to be played this season, some easily included, others not so. There are pieces that fit well with others and have the right combination of instruments to fit programmes. Thank you to those that contributed – it has been fun sorting through them and trying to include as many of these works as we can in our very short season.”

Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth will open the new season on Sun 14 October 2018 joined by Brighton Festival Chorus (currently celebrating its 50th anniversary year) with a programme of orchestral and choral works including Elgar’s Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands, Shostakovitch’s Festive Overture Op.96 and Parry’s From Death to Life – a 1914 Brighton Festival Commission.

Several of the Elgar choral works which will be performed in the concert appear on a new CD “Ecce sacerdos magnus” by SOMM Recordings, which Barry and BFC recorded together last year – now available from all good music retailers.

Barry writes: “I have worked with BFC for many years, and most recently on some rare works by Elgar. The fine performances they gave were a wonderful example of the musicality and commitment which have been a hallmark of their work during the past five decades.”

We are excited to welcome back conductors Ben Gernon and Thomas Carroll (who will also direct from the cello), whilst Barry Wordsworth will conduct three concerts and Richard Balcombe takes up the baton for our traditional New Year’s Eve Viennese Gala Concert.



We are also delighted to introduce Freddy Kempf (piano/director), Ilona Domnich (soprano) and Camilla Roberts (soprano) and to welcome back Tamsin Waley Cohen (violin) and Steven Osborne (piano).

Tickets will go on sale on Monday 10 September from Brighton Dome Ticket Office (although Friends of the Phil enjoy priority booking during the summer months). For more details about the benefits of becoming a Friend of the Phil please see:


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