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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.

Instrument: Saxophone

Instrument: Saxophone

"The saxophone is unusual that it was actually invented...most instruments were tinkered with, but we know that one man, Adolphe Sax, invented the saxophone all on his own"
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The Virtual Orchestra

The Virtual Orchestra

The Virtual Orchestra: a free digital experience that invites you to explore a symphony orchestra from the inside. Watch this video to see what it’s all about and to hear what visitors...

Listening Guides

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Interviews

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Features

Jakub Hrůša, Principal Guest Conductor

Jakub Hrůša, Principal Guest Conductor

The Philharmonia Orchestra has appointed two internationally acclaimed conductors, Jakub Hrůša and Santtu-Matias Rouvali, as Principal Guest Conductors. Hrůša and Rouvali take up...

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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 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...

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: Timpani

Instrument: Timpani

In this film, Andy Smith introduces his instruments - the timpani. 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

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...

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...

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...

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

Legend of the Sky Leicester (2018)

Legend of the Sky Leicester (2018)

Legend of the Sky is an epic musical reimagining of the ancient Leicestershire folk legend, The Griffin of Griffydam. Join the Philharmonia Orchestra and Leicester-Shire Schools Music...

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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