Forthcoming Events

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Previous Events


‘A History of the BPO – an illustrated talk’

An hour long illustrated talk about the history of the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra by Chairman Nicolas Chisholm, MBE, to be held at Brighton Unitarian Church. Tickets £5 for Friends of the Phil and their guests, or £7 for the general public (including refreshments afterwards).


‘Barry Wordsworth & the Royal Ballet’

A group trip for Friends of the Philharmonic to attend one of Barry’s performances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden – the matinee on Saturday 30 May. Barry will be conducting a mixed programme that brings together two of Jerome Robbins’s masterpieces Afternoon of a Faun & In the Night with Kenneth MacMillan’s powerful depiction of love and loss Song of the Earth. The three works feature Royal Ballet Principals Vadim Muntagirov (currently Basilio in Don Quixote) and Melissa Hamilton (the ROH’s most recent Manon). Barry will meet the group to say hello after the performance.

Tickets will range from £55-£70 depending on which area of the auditorium you choose to sit in, including the coach.


‘Creating Utopias – the Life and Work of Yehudi Menuhin’

Nicolas Chisholm, Chairman of BHPS, presents an illustrated talk about the life of Yehudi Menuhin, one of the great musicians and educators of the 20th century, and his greatest educational project, the Yehudi Menuhin School. Nicolas recently retired as Headmaster of the School after 22 years in the post and he worked closely with Yehudi Menuhin for over a decade.

The talk takes place in the Education Room of Brighton Museum and consists of two 45 minute halves with a short break, during which the Museum Café will be open. Tickets are £5, bookable in advance only, and copies of Nicolas’s book “Menuhin’s Vision: 50 Years of the Yehudi Menuhin School” will be on sale. 

Nicolas was Headmaster at the School for 22 years until his retirement in 2010, taking over when Yehudi Menuhin was still very much involved, and for 11 years worked closely with him.

Following Yehudi Menuhin’s death in 1999 he knew it to be his mission to maintain the ideals and ethos of the School that Yehudi had set up some 35 years previously.  Having been the Headmaster for almost half of the School’s life, he was in the ideal position to write about its extraordinary development and impact on music education in the United Kingdom.

The book, published by Phillimore in December 2013, contains more than 100 colour and monochrome illustrations and runs to 214 pages.


To celebrate Barry’s long and happy relationship with the BPO, and to commemorate his new position as Conductor Laureate, we are hosting a Friends’ Reception at the Dome immediately after the final concert of the 2014/15 season.

All Friends of the Philharmonic are cordially invited to attend this event (please make sure you have your Membership card with you to gain entry) at which the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Councillor Brian Fitch, will thank Barry for his contribution to the city, and Barry will be presented with a small token of our appreciation. The wine for this event is kindly sponsored by Friends Mr & Mrs Pelling.