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Films

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.

The Blue Planet in Concert

The Blue Planet in Concert

The Blue Planet in Concert combines stunning footage from the BBC series accompanied by George Fenton’s breath-taking music, conducted live by the composer.

Instrument: Horn

Instrument: Horn

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

Listening Guides

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Interviews

City of Light: Making the Ondes Martenot speak

City of Light: Making the Ondes Martenot speak

At the Musée de la Musique in Paris, lab manager Stéphane Vaiedelich is working on bringing this ondes Martenot back to life. Series Advisor, Caroline Potter, learned more about the...

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Features

Béla Bartók: Folk Music

Béla Bartók: Folk Music

Malcolm Gillies and Esa-Pekka Salonen investigate Bartók's role as an ethnomusicologist; how he collected and notated folk music and how this inspired the music he wrote for the concert...

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: Bass Trombone

Instrument: Bass Trombone

In this film, Christian Jones introduces his instrument - the bass trombone. Why not download our iPad app, 'The Orchestra', to learn even more? Visit www.philharmonia.co.uk/app...

Instrument: Cello

Instrument: Cello

In this film, Karen Stephenson introduces her instrument - the cello.

The Philharmonia's No. 2 Cello Chair is endowed by Jane and Julian Langer.

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Instrument: Celeste

Instrument: Celeste

In this film, Elizabeth Burley introduces her instrument - the celeste. Why not download our iPad app The Orchestra to learn even more? Visit www.philharmonia.co.uk/app for more...

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...

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Behind The Scenes

Philharmonia Education: Creative Orchestra

Philharmonia Education: Creative Orchestra

This film featuring Adrián Varela and Tim Steiner introduces 'Creative Orchestra', a Philharmonia education project which has taken place at various schools including those in Bedford...

Philharmonia Education: Alike in Dignity

Philharmonia Education: Alike in Dignity

In this film from 2010, we go behind the scenes of an exciting collaborative project between the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Working with 250 primary school...

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In Performance

Special Olympics Opening Ceremony Fanfare

Special Olympics Opening Ceremony Fanfare

Over the course of three months, composer and project leader Tim Steiner and Philharmonia Orchestra musicians worked with children from five SEN schools and two youth brass bands to...

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Beyond Classical

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...

Béla Bartók: Folk Music

Béla Bartók: Folk Music

Malcolm Gillies and Esa-Pekka Salonen investigate Bartók's role as an ethnomusicologist; how he collected and notated folk music and how this inspired the music he wrote for the concert...

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.

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