Our Friends enjoy a range of events throughout the year. From concert trips and dinners, to study days and Open Rehearsals, Friends Events offer unique opportunities to spend time with both members of the Orchestra and fellow Friends of the Philharmonia.

You can find out more about our forthcoming events below, or take a look at our archive for examples of past occasions.

Open Rehearsals

We are delighted to offer our Friends behind-the-scenes access to the Philharmonia through our Open Rehearsal series. Available only to our supporters and their guests, Open Rehearsals allow the Friends to see the Philharmonia at work with some of the world's greatest conductors and soloists before they take to the stage for their performances.

Download the latest schedules of Open Rehearsals in your area in the downloads section to the right (or at the bottom of this page if you're viewing on a mobile).

Forthcoming Events

2 May 2014Open Rehearsal - Ashkenazy/Yoo

Vladimir Ashkenazy is joined by violinist Esther Yoo in a rehearsal of Sibelius' Finlandia and Violin Concerto, as well as Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5.

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8 May 2014Open Rehearsal - Afkham/Khachatryan

David Afkham conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in a rehearsal of Lindberg's Chorale, Berg's Violin Concerto (with soloist Sergey Khachatryan), and Schubert's Symphony No. 9, The Great.

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15 May 2014Open Rehearsal - Hrůša/Mørk

Jakub Hrůša is joined by cellist Truls Mørk in a rehearsal of Dvořák's Cello Concerto as well as Suk's Asrael Symphony.

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22 May 2014Open Rehearsal - Sokhiev/Angelich

Tugan Sokhiev conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in a rehearsal of Fauré's Suite from Pelléas et Mélisande and Ravel's Piano Concerto in G (featuring soloist Nicholas Angelich), as well as Debussy's La mer and Stravinsky's Suite from The Firebird (1919).

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28 May 2014Talk and Chamber Concert at the Tower of London

Having recently formed an exciting new relationship with Historic Royal Palaces, we are pleased to invite Friends to a Talk and Chamber Concert at the Tower of London as a joint event with HRP members.
The evening will begin with a drinks reception, prior to a talk from a resident Yeoman Warder about the history of the Tower of London through the ages. There will then be a recital of British woodwind repertoire performed by Philharmonia musicians, followed by a canapé reception when guests will have the opportunity to meet the musicians, as well as the Yeomen Warder on duty.

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5 June 2014Open Rehearsal - Dohnányi/Westbroek

Christoph von Dohnányi is joined by soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek in a rehearsal of Strauss' Four Last Songs and Bruckner's Symphony No. 9.

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5 June 2014Players in the Friends Bar

Join fellow Friends of the Philharmonia pre-concert from 6.45pm in the Friends Bar at the Royal Festival Hall where members of the Orchestra will be present to meet you.

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11 June 2014Leicester Friends Lunch

We will once again be inviting our Friends to an end of season two-course lunch with members of the Orchestra at a restaurant in Leicester.

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12 June 2014Open Rehearsal - Järvi/Gerstein

Paavo Järvi conducts the Philharmonia in a rehearsal of Glinka's Overture from Ruslan and Ludmilla, Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3 (featuring soloist Kirill Gerstein) and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5.

Please note that this rehearsal may be shortened.

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26 June 2014Open Rehearsal - Salonen/Latry/Batiashvili

Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the Philharmonia in a rehearsal of Saariaho's Maan varjot (Earth's Shadows) featuring organist Olivier Latry, as well as Sibelius' Violin Concerto (with soloist Lisa Batiashvili) and also Sibelius' Symphony No. 2.

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