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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.

Philharmonia Orchestra at Garsington Opera (2017)

Philharmonia Orchestra at Garsington Opera (2017)

In the summer of 2017, the Philharmonia Orchestra embarked on a new creative partnership to span five years with Garsington Opera. In this first season the Philharmonia performed Debussy’s...

Instrument: Banjo

Instrument: Banjo

In this film, Nigel Woodhouse introduces the banjo. The banjo is a rare visitor to the orchestra, but has been used by composers in the 20th century onward to evoke American folk music...

Listening Guides

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Interviews

Esa-Pekka Salonen on Mahler's First Symphony

Esa-Pekka Salonen on Mahler's First Symphony

“It’s a wild piece by a wild young man, and should not be treated with any kind of reverence” – Esa-Pekka Salonen shares his thoughts on how provocation turns to nostalgia in...

TRAILER: Lawrence Power: British Viola Virtuoso

TRAILER: Lawrence Power: British Viola Virtuoso

“Of all the string instruments, I guess it’s the greatest compromise…it shouldn’t really exist” – watch Lawrence Power reveal the secrets of the viola in our brand new film...

Philharmonia Orchestra at Garsington Opera (2017)

Philharmonia Orchestra at Garsington Opera (2017)

In the summer of 2017, the Philharmonia Orchestra embarked on a new creative partnership to span five years with Garsington Opera. In this first season the Philharmonia performed Debussy’s...

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Features

Symphonize Leicester (2018)

Symphonize Leicester (2018)

"It’s the best experience. It’s opened my mind because I was thinking I wasn’t going to like orchestral music and classical music, but now I like it. The way they mixed it up...

Recording with the Philharmonia

Recording with the Philharmonia

Founded as a recording orchestra in 1945, the Philharmonia continues its reputation today as an exceptional ensemble in the studio, with decades of experience across a huge range of...

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Instrument Guides

Craig Ogden in Conversation with Roopa Panesar

Craig Ogden in Conversation with Roopa Panesar

Guitarist Craig Ogden in conversation with Leicester-based sitar player Roopa Panesar. The two virtuosi compare instrumental techniques and find links between the Indian and western...

Instrument: E flat Clarinet

Instrument: E flat Clarinet

In this film, Jennifer McLaren introduces her instrument - the e flat clarinet. Why not download our iPad app, 'The Orchestra', to learn even more? Visit www.philharmonia.co.uk/app...

Instrument: Oboe

Instrument: Oboe

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

Instrument: Trombone

Instrument: Trombone

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

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Behind The Scenes

The Virtual Orchestra: Backstage with Tim Gibbs

The Virtual Orchestra: Backstage with Tim Gibbs

Join us backstage ahead of our latest concert with Tim Gibbs, the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Principal Double Bass. The Royal Festival Hall is our home in London and this video gives...

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...

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In Performance

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...

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Beyond Classical

Symphonize: Leicester

Symphonize: Leicester

"I would do this every day if I could."

Symphonize is a pioneering creative partnership between Leicester-based Soft Touch Arts and the Philharmonia Orchestra, resident...

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...

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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