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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.

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.

Instrument: Double Bass

Instrument: Double Bass

In this film, Michael Fuller introduces his instrument - the double bass.

To learn more about the double bass visit http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/explore/instruments/double_bass...

Three Choirs Festival

Three Choirs Festival

The Three Choirs Festival is the world's oldest and greatest Choral festival, where the Philharmonia continues their three year residency.

Listening Guides

Witold Lutosławski: Aleatoric Method

Witold Lutosławski: Aleatoric Method

Series Advisor Steven Stucky talks with Philharmonia Orchestra members Samuel Coles (Joint Principal Flute) and Mark van de Wiel (Joint Principal Clarinet) about Witold Lutosławski's...

Listening Guide: Lutosławski's Piano Concerto

Listening Guide: Lutosławski's Piano Concerto

Pianist Peter Jablonski talks us through Witold Lutosławski's Piano Concerto (1987-88), which was be performed by Krystian Zimerman on 30 January 2013 at the Royal Festival Hall in...

Listening Guide: Mahler's Symphony No. 6

Listening Guide: Mahler's Symphony No. 6

The Philharmonia Orchestra's Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, introduces Mahler's Sixth Symphony, a deeply personal work rich in narrative and contrasts.

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...

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Interviews

Dennis Brain: A Tribute

Dennis Brain: A Tribute

Dennis Brain was the Philharmonia's Principal Horn from 1945 until his tragic death in 1957. This archive film from our podcast in November 2007 takes a look behind the scenes of the...

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Features

Béla Bartók: Folk Inspiration

Béla Bartók: Folk Inspiration

In this episode of the Infernal Dance series, Malcolm Gillies and Esa-Pekka Salonen delve deeper into Bartók's collection and use of folk songs. We trace Bartók’s journey from recording...

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Instrument Guides

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...

The Conductor

The Conductor

In this film, Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, discusses in detail the role of the conductor in the orchestra.

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Instrument: Tuba

Instrument: Tuba

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

Instrument: Flute

Instrument: Flute

In this film, Samuel Coles introduces his instrument - the flute. 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

Behind the Scenes: Tristan und Isolde

Behind the Scenes: Tristan und Isolde

Esa-Pekka Salonen and Peter Sellars’s Tristan und Isolde, with video art by Bill Viola, was premièred in Los Angeles in 2004 and has subsequently been revived in Paris and New York...

re-rite: Leicester

re-rite: Leicester

RE-RITE, the Philharmonia Orchestra's digital residency, traveled to Leicester in April 2010, transforming the Old Nursery in the city's Museum Walk into the experience of being inside...

re-rite: Esa-Pekka Salonen on the project

re-rite: Esa-Pekka Salonen on the project

We speak to Esa-Pekka Salonen about the Philharmonia Orchestra's Digital Residency - RE-RITE - which toured to Tianjin, China in April 2012; and Izmir, Turkey in June 2012. For more...

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In Performance

Nicola Benedetti - Interview

Nicola Benedetti - Interview

We speak to violinist Nicola Benedetti ahead of performances of the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

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

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...

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