From our Chair ...

As I write, we have been living with COVID-19 for almost a year. We had to cancel our season finale in March, and then we made the decision NOT to put on the season we had planned for 2020/21.

As you know, Joanna had already planned a superb programme (including music by Mozart and Piazzolla, Bach and Handel, Brahms and Elgar, Shostakovich and Mussorgsky, as well as folk, film and jazz), and we still look forward optimistically to presenting that programme from autumn 2021.

Looking back, we undeniably made the right decision to wait until then; live performances are still very much restricted, and live-streaming events, or small concerts with very reduced audiences, have become the norm.


We have not been idle, however, and Joanna has been working particularly hard to create a programme of smaller events for live-streaming or (if COVID permits!) limited audiences. You may already have seen Joanna herself, playing with the Gildas Quartet in a beautiful Sunday morning programme of chamber music from the Brighton Dome (available to purchase as a watch again video on demand until 22 December). And we are very excited to be returning there on Saturday 12 December to present an adaptation of Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, with Joanna and a BPO Brass Quintet accompanying narrator Dame Harriet Walter. (click here for full details of the matinee and evening performances).

Further events (which we hope can be live!) have been planned for the spring so please continue to check back here for further details.

In the meantime, I really must thank all our Friends, patrons, and music lovers, as well as our players, for the support and encouragement we have received over the past months. We wish you all a safe and happy close to a challenging 2020, and hope to be able to welcome you back in 2021 to watch and listen to Joanna, our guest artists, and the wonderful players of the BPO.

Andrea Cifelli, Chair, Brighton & Hove Philharmonic Society.

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