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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11.30am
Sunday, 18th April 2021
Fresh from their chamber concert of Schumann and Brahms, Joanna MacGregor directs the principal string players of Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra in a vibrant live-streamed programme ranging from Purcell to Piazzolla.
Tickets (£5) are available here and the concert will be available to watch on demand for a month after the event.
Available until
Sunday, 16th May 2021
Charleston Festival’s “The Waves at Berwick Church” celebrates the 90th anniversary of Virginia Woolf’s book, combining readings from “The Waves” and extracts from her letters and diaries, with music known to have inspired her writing.
Filmed in Berwick Church, Woolf’s words are brought to life by award-winning actor Harriet Walter and actor-writer Vera Chok, while Joanna MacGregor and a string quartet from the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra accompany the text with a musical score of works by Beethoven, Schubert and Bach, plus a new composition by Joanna written especially for the performance. It is available here until Sunday, 16th May 2021 – tickets priced at £15.
1pm
Wednesday, 19th May 2021
Adrian Brendel, one of the most versatile cellists of his generation, performs sonatas by Britten, Bridge and Franck with Joanna MacGregor, in this re-scheduled recital (originally a February Coffee Concert), now part of Brighton Festival 2021.
Socially-distanced seating for individuals and household groups.
Tickets from £10 pp available from Brighton Dome here.
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 ...

March 2021
The multi-faceted and exuberant Principal string players of the Brighton Philharmonic join forces with Music Director Joanna MacGregor in a gloriously romantic programme live-streamed from Brighton Dome. Watch on-demand from £5 here.
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.
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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