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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.

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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MusicLab at the Island of Culture 2014

MusicLab at the Island of Culture 2014

On the 13th of October the Philharmonia Orchestra’s MusicLab will arrive on the Isle of Man as part of the Island of Culture celebrations. Join Isle of Man Cultural Ambassador and...

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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Listening Guides

Listening Guide: Beethoven's Symphony No. 5

Listening Guide: Beethoven's Symphony No. 5

The Philharmonia Orchestra's Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, talks about Beethoven's monumental Fifth Symphony.

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Listening Guide: Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kijé

Listening Guide: Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kijé

Animateur Paul Rissmann recreates the story of Lieutenant Kijé, the Russian army administrator with a big imagination. This film introduces Sergei Prokofiev's music for his suite "Lieutenant...

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

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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Features

Esa-Pekka Salonen carries the Olympic Torch

Esa-Pekka Salonen carries the Olympic Torch

On a sunny July morning, the penultimate day of a route that had begun in May, Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Philharmonia Orchestra's Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor picked up the...

Witold Lutosławski - A Polish Life

Witold Lutosławski - A Polish Life

In this feature-length biopic, Series Advisor Steven Stucky and Principal Conductor and Philharmonia Orchestra Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen travel to Poland to the explore the...

Friends of the Philharmonia Orchestra

Friends of the Philharmonia Orchestra

From just £35 a year, Friends enjoy a variety of benefits in return for their support, that give them exclusive access to the orchestra and its musicians. Find out more about becoming...

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Instrument Guides

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...

City of Light: A guide to the Ondes Martenot

City of Light: A guide to the Ondes Martenot

Series Advisor Caroline Potter gets a tour inside an ondes Martenot with Stéphane Vaiedelich, Laboratory Manager at the Musée de la Musique, Cité de Musique, Paris. Discover this...

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...

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: Lisbon

re-rite: Lisbon

re-rite, the Philharmonia Orchestra's digital residency, travelled to Lisbon, Portugal in January 2011 where it was installed in Mude, Lisbon's Museum of Design and Fashion.

Esa-Pekka Salonen on Beethoven (Autumn 2012)

Esa-Pekka Salonen on Beethoven (Autumn 2012)

The Philharmonia Orchestra's Beethoven symphonic series culminates in a complete symphony cycle at the Beethovenfest (3-7 October 2012) where these classic works will be performed alongside...

The Making of Universe of Sound

The Making of Universe of Sound

This extended documentary goes behind the scenes at the Philharmonia Orchestra's Universe of Sound project, from conception to completion. For more information on the project, please...

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In Performance

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Beyond Classical

London Mela 2013 in Gunnersbury Park

London Mela 2013 in Gunnersbury Park

The Philharmonia Orchestra were delighted to be invited to the Classical Stage at London Mela 2013, to perform Ustad Amjad Ali Khan's composition 'Samaagam', played on the sarod by...

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...

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