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Universe of Sound Promotional Film

Universe of Sound Promotional Film

Conduct, play and step inside a virtual Philharmonia Orchestra, joining 132 musicians and Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Orchestra's Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, performing one...

Lorin Maazel: Mahler's Music

Lorin Maazel: Mahler's Music

In this film from our archives, Maestro Lorin Maazel spoke with Classic FM's Anne-Marie Minhall about Mahler's symphonies and orchestral song cycles.

The Firebird Project: Performance Film

The Firebird Project: Performance Film

A film of the original choreography created for the 2013/14 Firebird Project featuring dancers from The Royal Ballet School, Feltham Community College and Richmond Park Academy. The...

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...

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: 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...

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...

Béla Bartók: At the Crossroads

Béla Bartók: At the Crossroads

Malcolm Gillies travels to Béla Bartók’s birthplace in Romania to explore the historical, ethnic, and political tensions that shaped Bartók’s Hungary, and informed him musically....

Béla Bartók: On the Stage

Béla Bartók: On the Stage

Malcolm Gillies explores Bartók's three stage works: Duke Bluebeard's Castle, The Miraculous Mandarin and The Wooden Prince.

This film accompanied the Philhamonia Orchestra's...

Arts Management Training Programme

Arts Management Training Programme

The Philharmonia Orchestra's Arts Management Training Programme offers a unique opportunity to gain inside-track experience in this highly competitive field, within one of the world's...

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...

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.

Béla Bartók: Orbit

Béla Bartók: Orbit

Malcolm Gillies and Esa-Pekka Salonen explore Béla Bartók's world.

Malcolm Gillies discusses Bartók in relation to other key composers of his time such as Schoenberg

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...

Béla Bartók: Teaching

Béla Bartók: Teaching

As well as teaching a generation of pianists, Béla Bartók published instructive editions of many pieces of core repertoire. In this film, series consultant Malcolm Gillies visits...

Sarah Connolly on Mahler

Sarah Connolly on Mahler

Sarah Connolly speaks about her love of Gustav Mahler's music in anticipation of her performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra which took place on 5 May and 9 October 2011, as part...

City of Light: The Montparnasse Melting Pot

City of Light: The Montparnasse Melting Pot

In the early decades of the 20th century, the cafés of Paris's Montparnasse neighbourhood were an extraordinary hub of artistic activity and collaboration, fuelling a remarkable revolution...

Esa-Pekka Salonen in Helsinki

Esa-Pekka Salonen in Helsinki

Esa-Pekka Salonen travels to his home town for the first time with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
We follow him on his journey from Maida Vale Studios to the first night performance...

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...

Luigi Dallapiccola: Il Prigioniero

Luigi Dallapiccola: Il Prigioniero

The Philharmonia Orchestra's Digital team travelled to Florence, Italy to discover the personal story behind Luigi Dallapiccola's opera, Il Prigioniero. Written between 1944 and 1948...

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...

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...

RE-RITE: Be the Orchestra South West

RE-RITE: Be the Orchestra South West

RE-RITE is the Philharmonia Orchestra’s digital installation based on The Rite of Spring. Through this combination of immersive video and interactive design visitors can experience...

The Firebird Project: Documentary

The Firebird Project: Documentary

What happened when we brought together young musicians and dancers from southwest London to create their own version of Stravinsky's The Firebird? Find out about this unique and moving...

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...

MusicLab 2014

MusicLab 2014

MusicLab is a new pop-up digital installation, filled with a series of hands-on musical games, instruments and videos designed to put the visitor in the shoes of composer, performer...

Universe of Sound - Canterbury 2013

Universe of Sound - Canterbury 2013

Conduct, play and step inside a virtual Philharmonia Orchestra, joining 132 musicians and Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Orchestra’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, performing one...

The Orchestra App - Discover the Instruments

The Orchestra App - Discover the Instruments

The Orchestra is an extraordinary new app from Touchpress that will delight anyone with even a passing interest in classical music. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the world-renowned Philharmonia...

The Philharmonia Orchestra

The Philharmonia Orchestra

Acknowledged as the UK's foremost musical pioneer, the Philharmonia Orchestra lives at the heart of British musical life. In this film, Simon Oliver (Double Bass & Chairman) introduces...

Vaughan Williams: At War

Vaughan Williams: At War

Experiences as a stretcher bearer during the First World War, affected Vaughan Williams and the pieces he wrote for the rest of his life.

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...

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...

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.

Shostakovich's Opera: ORANGO

Shostakovich's Opera: ORANGO

An extended documentary about the recently-discovered opera by Shostakovich, 'Orango'. It features interviews with Esa-Pekka Salonen, who premiered the work, Gerard McBurney, who orchestrated...

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...

Universe of Sound - Birmingham 2013

Universe of Sound - Birmingham 2013

Conduct, play and step inside a virtual Philharmonia Orchestra, joining 132 musicians and Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Orchestra’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, performing one...

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...

Dvořák & Suk: A Journey with Jakub Hrůša

Dvořák & Suk: A Journey with Jakub Hrůša

The composers Antonín Dvořák and his favourite pupil and son-in-law, Josef Suk, were both influenced by place and close relationships with loved ones. Travel to Prague with conductor...

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...

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...

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...

Philharmonia Education: Play On

Philharmonia Education: Play On

A short film about Play On, a unique project bringing together pupils and staff from Hounslow and Kingston music services and musicians from the Philharmonia Orchestra which culminated...

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...

City of Light: Naturally Inspired

City of Light: Naturally Inspired

Find out how French composers bring a uniquely French version of nature - controlled and crafted to perfection - into their art. Series Advisors Caroline Potter and Caroline Rae discuss...

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...

Gustav Mahler

Gustav Mahler

Julian Johnson explores Mahler's Vienna, from his controversial appointment at the Opera House to his love for the countryside outside the city.

New Canterbury Residency

New Canterbury Residency

The Marlowe Theatre and the Philharmonia Orchestra announce the Philharmonia Orchestra's new residency at The Marlowe Theatre from November 2011.

The residency, the first...

City of Light: Debussy's Life & Loves

City of Light: Debussy's Life & Loves

The composer Claude Debussy had a tumultuous love life, as series advisor Caroline Potter describes during her visit to Debussy's birthplace in Saint-Germain-en-Laye.

Philharmonia Education: Hear and Now

Philharmonia Education: Hear and Now

Based in the Queen's Park neighbourhood of Bedford, Hear and Now is a community-based music project now in its seventh year. In July 2010, the Philharmonia Orchestra, in partnership...

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