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Since 2007, the Philharmonia Orchestra has been producing high-quality video content, with the aim of introducing audiences to the people behind the music, and contributing to a truly multi-dimensional concert experience. From here you can access our vast film archive, as well as see our latest films introducing upcoming concerts, repertoire and performers. Selected films are also available via our video podcast series on iTunes, and all our content is distributed across both Vimeo and YouTube platforms.

Listening Guides

Listening Guide: Copland's Billy the Kid

Listening Guide: Copland's Billy the Kid

Animateur Paul Rissmann introduces Aaron Copland's exciting music for the ballet, Billy the Kid (1938). Discover how Copland created a popular style that incorporated jazz rhythms and...

Carl Davis on Phantom of the Opera

Carl Davis on Phantom of the Opera

Composer and conductor Carl Davis gives insight into the process of writing his soundtrack for Rupert Julian's 1925 silent film, The Phantom of the Opera. The podcast features short...

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Interviews

Lorin Maazel: Mahler the Man

Lorin Maazel: Mahler the Man

In 2011, Maestro Lorin Maazel spoke to Classic FM's Anne-Marie Minhall about the composer and conductor, Gustav Mahler, in this film from our archives.

Interview with Lars Vogt

Interview with Lars Vogt

In this film from 2008, pianist Lars Vogt speaks about working with Sir Charles Mackerras, playing Beethoven and life in London.

Philharmonia Orchestra players on Salonen

Philharmonia Orchestra players on Salonen

In 2008 we asked the players of the Philharmonia Orchestra what aspects of working with Esa-Pekka Salonen they were looking forward to, and why the players are were so excited to be...

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Features

Béla Bartók: At the Crossroads

Béla Bartók: At the Crossroads

Malcolm Gillies travels to Béla Bartók’s birthplace in Romania to explore the historical, ethnic, and political tensions that shaped Bartók’s Hungary, and informed him musically....

Vaughan Williams: At War

Vaughan Williams: At War

Experiences as a stretcher bearer during the First World War, affected Vaughan Williams and the pieces he wrote for the rest of his life.

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Instrument Guides

Instrument: Violin

Instrument: Violin

In this film, Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay introduces his instrument - the violin. Why not download our iPad app, 'The Orchestra', to learn even more? Visit www.philharmonia.co.uk/app...

Instrument: Contrabassoon

Instrument: Contrabassoon

In this film, Luke Whitehead introduces his instrument - the contrabassoon. Why not download our iPad app, 'The Orchestra', to learn even more? Visit www.philharmonia.co.uk/app for...

Instruments: Percussion

Instruments: Percussion

In this film, David Corkhill introduces some of his instruments in the percussion section. Why not download our iPad app, 'The Orchestra', to learn even more? Visit www.philharmonia.co.uk/app...

Instrument: Piccolo

Instrument: Piccolo

In this film, Keith Bragg introduces his instrument - the piccolo. Why not download our iPad app, 'The Orchestra', to learn even more? Visit www.philharmonia.co.uk/app for more information.

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Behind The Scenes

RE-RITE: Be the Orchestra

RE-RITE: Be the Orchestra

RE-RITE, the Philharmonia Orchestra's Digital Residency, allows members of the public to conduct, play and step inside the Philharmonia Orchestra with Esa-Pekka Salonen through audio...

Philharmonia Education: Orchestra Unwrapped

Philharmonia Education: Orchestra Unwrapped

Orchestra Unwrapped is a major education initiative led by the Philharmonia Orchestra for Leicester and Basingstoke schoolchildren, expanding to Bedford in 2016/17. Thousands of children...

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In Performance

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Beyond Classical

Carl Davis on the film 'Waterloo'

Carl Davis on the film 'Waterloo'

Conductor and Composer Carl Davis discusses 'Waterloo', Karl Grune's 1928 film, ahead of a concert with the Philharmonia Orchestra which took place in April 2010.

City of Light: A guide to the Piano luthéal

City of Light: A guide to the Piano luthéal

What's a piano luthéal? We travelled to the Musée de la Musique at the Cité de la Musique in Paris to speak with Thierry Maniguet, curator, to find out about this device, invented...

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