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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.

City of Light: Discover The Magic

City of Light: Discover The Magic

Paris was the place to be in the first half of the 20th century, full stop.

An introduction to the Philharmonia Orchestra's concert series City of Light: Paris, 1900-1950...

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...

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Interviews

Esa-Pekka Salonen on Beethoven

Esa-Pekka Salonen on Beethoven

In 2012 Esa-Pekka Salonen began a Beethoven symphonic series with the Philharmonia Orchestra, an exploration of cornerstones of the orchestral repertoire, culminating in a complete...

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Features

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...

City of Light: Ravel's World

City of Light: Ravel's World

A universe in each room, and a forest for his imagination... Journey with us outside Paris to uncover Maurice Ravel’s endlessly creative, boundless world. We travelled to Ravel's...

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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Instrument Guides

Instrument: Cor Anglais

Instrument: Cor Anglais

In this film, Jill Crowther introduces her instrument - the cor anglais. Why not download our iPad app, 'The Orchestra', to learn even more? Visit www.philharmonia.co.uk/app for...

Instrument: Violin

Instrument: Violin

In this film, Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay introduces his instrument - the violin. Why not download our iPad app, 'The Orchestra', to learn even more? Visit www.philharmonia.co.uk/app...

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: Trumpet

Instrument: Trumpet

In this film, Alistair Mackie introduces his instrument - the trumpet. 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

Profile: Sunwook Kim, Piano

Profile: Sunwook Kim, Piano

In this archive video from 2010, we meet pianist Sunwook Kim as he prepares for a performance of Schumann's Piano Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra. As well as footage from rehearsals...

re-rite: Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg 2013

re-rite: Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg 2013

A film created by the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, documenting a groundbreaking inception of the re-rite project which took place in 2013, set in a multi-storey car park which forms part...

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In Performance

Christmas Card 2013: In the Bleak Midwinter

Christmas Card 2013: In the Bleak Midwinter

Season's Greetings from the Philharmonia Orchestra. We celebrate this year with a brass quintet of Philharmonia players, playing an arrangement of Gustav Holst's carol 'In the Bleak...

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Beyond Classical

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...

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...

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