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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.

Shostakovich's Opera: ORANGO

Shostakovich's Opera: ORANGO

An extended documentary about the recently-discovered opera by Shostakovich, 'Orango'. It features interviews with Esa-Pekka Salonen, who premiered the work, Gerard McBurney, who orchestrated...

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

Philharmonia Players on Richard Strauss

Philharmonia Players on Richard Strauss

Richard Strauss and his compositions have featured prominently throughout the history of the Philharmonia Orchestra. Meet some of the Philharmonia players in this behind-the-scenes...

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Features

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Instrument Guides

Instrument: Bassoon

Instrument: Bassoon

In this film, Amy Harman introduces her instrument - the bassoon. Why not download our iPad app, 'The Orchestra', to learn even more? Visit www.philharmonia.co.uk/app for more information.

Instrument: Clarinet

Instrument: Clarinet

In this film, Mark van de Wiel introduces his instrument - the clarinet. Why not download our iPad app, 'The Orchestra', to learn even more? Visit www.philharmonia.co.uk/app...

Instrument: Harp

Instrument: Harp

In this film, Ruth Holden introduces her instrument - the concert pedal harp. Why not download our iPad app The Orchestra to learn even more? Visit www.philharmonia.co.uk/app for...

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Behind The Scenes

Esa-Pekka Salonen Conducts Sibelius's Kullervo

Esa-Pekka Salonen Conducts Sibelius's Kullervo

Watch our behind-the-scenes film as Esa-Pekka Salonen prepares for a performance of Sibelius’s ”˜choral’ symphony Kullervo, based on a dark tale from the Finnish epic, the Kalevala....

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In Performance

Christmas Card 2013: In the Bleak Midwinter

Christmas Card 2013: In the Bleak Midwinter

Season's Greetings from the Philharmonia Orchestra. We celebrate this year with a brass quintet of Philharmonia players, playing an arrangement of Gustav Holst's carol 'In the Bleak...

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Beyond Classical

The Tabla Lesson

The Tabla Lesson

Philharmonia Orchestra violist, Gijs Kramers, gets a special one-to-one lesson with master tabla player, Sanju Sahai. Learn all about the basics of tabla in this film, and find out...

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