Major changes for The Brighton Philharmonic

Hello to all of our loyal Friends, patrons, music lovers and players! Whilst we remain unable to host physical events, we’ve been busy making plans. With our centenary approaching, we have lots to celebrate.

Our new Music Director, Joanna MacGregor CBE, has put together this short video introduction to give you a taste of things to come!

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Welcome, Joanna!

We are so pleased that you are bringing your experience of high-calibre performance and event management to our beloved Brighton orchestra!

Our Chair's Update

Important news from Andrea Cifelli, Chair of the Brighton & Hove Philharmonic Society, about how the board are rejuvenating the BPO.

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4pm Saturday, 20 Feb 2021

Our Music Director Joanna MacGregor is being interviewed live on Zoom by BBC Radio 3 Presenter Fiona Talkington, courtesy of Baroque at the Edge.

In “Reinventing music” Joanna (who gave the very first concert of the first Baroque at the Edge festival in 2018) will discuss her career, the challenges of recreating early keyboard music – Byrd, Couperin, Rameau and Purcell – on the modern piano, as well as her new project of female composers, “Soul of a Woman”: transcribing, improvising and composing music inspired by the American Deep South.

Tickets are £5 and available from:

Please note that there will be a Question & Answer session as part of the event.

7pm Sunday, 7 March 2021

Another date for your diaries is Joanna’s appearance in “Live from London Spring”, Voces8 latest virtual festival.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Joanna will curate a rich journey from the Deep South to New York, from Russian poetry to an African paradise in “Soul of a Woman”.

This one-hour livestream solo recital will feature thrilling music from the ground-breaking Mary Lou Williams, Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, Eleanor Alberga and Nina Simone.

Further information and tickets (costing £12.50) are available from:…
Interview with Barry Wordsworth Music Director Joanna Macgregor talks to our beloved Conductor Laureate, Barry Wordsworth, about what he’s been up to, the orchestra’s history and plans for its future. Click here to watch.
February 2021
Bach’s French Suite in G Major Joanna explores one of Bach’s most radiant, sunny keyboard works.
February 2021
Satie’s Gnossiennes The mysterious world of Erik Satie, through his Gnossiennes and other works.
March 2021
Beethoven’s Variations Celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday, talking about variations in his sonatas: Op.26, Op.109 and Op.111.
March 2021
Nina Simone’s Classicism Taking her transcriptions of Nina Simone’s Little Girl Blue and Good Bait, Joanna demonstrates Simone’s deep love of classical music.
March 2021
Chopin’s Op.30 Mazurkas Looking closely at four mazurkas, Chopin’s poetic recreation of his roots in Polish folk music.

What we've recently done ...

October 2020
Joanna gave a recital of Bach, Chopin, Piazzolla and Eleanor Alberga’s wonderful work It’s Time at the wonderful Wigmore Hall.
November 2020
Livestreamed from the Dome, the Gildas String Quartet played Schubert and Haydn, with Joanna joining them for Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet.
December 2020
Members of the Brighton Philharmonic, directed by Joanna gave two live, sold-out, socially-distanced performances of Charles Dickens’ classic  A Christmas Carol (images of the performance here) at Brighton Dome, narrated by the celebrated actor Dame Harriet Walter DBE.
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