Forthcoming Events


We are organising a group trip for Friends of the Philharmonic to attend one of Barry’s performances at the ROH, 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 has said he would like to meet the group to say hello before the performance.

Departure time from Brighton will be before 9am (given the 12.30pm performance start time) and you can join the coach from outside Brighton Dome, Hickstead A23 Junction & Pease Pottage Services. Places are limited by the number of seats on the coach thus a maximum of 30.

Tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis, so please contact the BPO office as soon as possible and prior to 5pm on Friday 13 March to reserve a place. We will start a waiting list in case demand is high enough for a larger coach.

Tickets (including coach travel) will be available at either £55, £65 or £70 per person (final prices dependent on seating area which is subject to ROH availability). A deposit of £10 per person will be required to secure your booking with full payment being taken nearer the time. Telephone the BPO office on (01273) 622900 or email: to reserve a place in your preferred price band and arrange to pay.

Previous Events


‘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 at 2.45pm on Sunday 19 April 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. Tickets will be available at the Friends Information Desk in Brighton Dome foyer on concert days or you can call the BPO office on (01273) 622900 or email: uk to reserve a place.

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 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.

If you have not yet contributed to the collection for Barry then there is still time to do so – you can send or bring your contribution to the BPO office in George Street, Brighton, or to Catherine Stead on the Friends of the Philharmonic Information Desk in the Dome foyer on concert days. Please mark any cheques on the reverse as “Barry Wordsworth donation”.


Notice is hereby given that the 74th Annual General Meeting of the Brighton & Hove Philharmonic Society Limited will be held in the Brighton Dome Founders’ Room on Sunday 2 November 2014, at 5.00pm for the following purposes:

  1. Apologies for Absence and nominations of proxy
  2. To receive the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on Sunday 8th December 2013
  3. Matters Arising from those minutes
  4. To receive the Report of the Trustees and the Examined Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2014
  5. To elect Members of the Board of Management
  6. To elect Officers for the year 2014-2015
  7. To appoint a financial examiner for the year 2014 -2015

For and on behalf of the Board of Management

Karen Platt
7 October 2014