I thought, 'Yeah, this is it. This is fun.'Esa-Pekka Salonen, on conducting his first ever concert with the Philharmonia Orchestra
The Orchestra is also recognised for its innovative programming policy, at the heart of which is a commitment to performing and commissioning new works by established and emerging composers. Since 1945, the Orchestra has commissioned over 100 new works from composers including Sir Harrison Birtwistle and James MacMillan. The Music of Today series gives the audience the chance to hear new music for free. The composer is usually present to talk about and introduce their work which helps bring it to life and gain insight into the music played.