From our Chair ...

I hope this finds you well in this strange new world – I really must thank all of our Friends, patrons and music lovers, as well as our players, for the support and encouragement received during this unprecedented time, including the cancellation of this year’s season finale, where we had planned to introduce our new Music Director, Joanna MacGregor.

Unfortunately, given the uncertainty around arts events in the near future (and our absolute determination not to put our audience or our players at risk), we’ve had to take the decision NOT to put on a season this coming year. However, Joanna has already put together a fantastic programme for the 2021/2022 season, including music by Mozart and Piazzolla, Bach and Handel, Brahms and Elgar, Shostakovich and Mussorgsky, folk, film and jazz – and much, much more.
Joanna outlines the programme in a short video introduction and there’ll be some dates to go into your diaries! We are not planning to hold off on all music until autumn 2021, however, so (venues permitting) we are looking at ways of bringing live music to you in other formats. Watch this space! We’re also going to take advantage of our enforced break as an opportunity to take stock, and we’ll be working hard behind the scenes to design a brand new website, among so many other things. Please make sure to come back regularly to check on the BPO’s upcoming events, enjoy special interviews and music talks, and find out more about our planned activities.

Thank you again for sticking with us in these difficult times. We are so looking forward to kicking-off our new, revitalised programme as we approach our centenary in 2025, and we will be back performing for you just as soon as we can.

Andrea Cifelli, Chair, Brighton & Hove Philharmonic Society
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