In London and at our residencies in Bedford and Leicester, our Friends can enjoy a range of events throughout the year through which they are offered unique opportunities to spend time with members of the Orchestra as well as get to know their fellow Friends of the Philharmonia; from concert trips to Friends' dinners and study days to Open Rehearsals.
Find out more on our forthcoming events below or see our event archive for examples of occasions our Friends have enjoyed in the past.
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.
Tugan Sokhiev conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in a rehearsal of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, featuring soloist Viktoria Mullova, and Mahler's Symphony No. 4, with soprano Anastasia Kalagina. Read more
We would like to invite the Friends to join members of the Orchestra for a pre-concert reception with mulled wine and mice pies, prior to this year’s Friends sponsored concert. Read more
The Philharmonia's Concert Master, Zsolt-Tihamer Visontay, leads the Orchestra in a rehearsal of Stravinsky's Suite from Pulcinella, Prokofiev's Symphony No. 1 and Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Read more
Phillipe Jordan conducts the Philharmonia in a rehearsal of Wagner's Overture from Tannhauser, and a selection of Strauss songs, featuring soprano Angela Denoke. Read more
Nicholas Collon leads the Philharmonia in a rehearsal of Britten's Four Sea Interludes and Violin Concerto (featuring soloist Philippe Graffin), as well as Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 6. Read more
Following the full refurbishment of the Royal Festival Hall organ, a project which has taken 8 years and £2.3 million to complete, we are pleased to offer Principal Friends the opportunity to get behind-the-scenes and view this wonderful 7,866 pipe instrument in a guided tour, following a reception and talk by Organ Curator William McVicker in the J.P. Morgan Pavilion, Level 3, Blue Side of Royal Festival Hall.
This unique instrument is one of the most important organs in Britain and with it, the Royal Festival Hall is the only major London concert hall with the ability to use its resident instrument year-round for the wide orchestral repertoire that requires it. This Harrison & Harrison organ will be re-inaugurated in a performance during the Pull Out All The Stops Festival on Tuesday 18 March 2014, 60 years after the organ’s initial completion. Read more
We warmly invite the Leicester Friends to join us on a trip to Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall for a performance of Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60 and Brahms German Requiem, conducted by Andris Nelsons as part of his Brahms Cycle with the Philharmonia this season. Read more
A rehearsal of Handel's Zadok The Priest, Mozart's Symphony No. 40 and Beethoven's Mass in C, featuring the voices of Elizabeth Llewellyn, Kai Ruutel, Ben Johnson, Henk Neven and the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, conducted by Steven Cleobury. Read more
Following our popular film event last season, we are pleased to invite Leicester Friends to our second Philharmonia archive film screening, which will take place in the Garden Suite at De Montfort Hall. We will also be providing light refreshments for guests prior to our evening concert, featuring a programme of Wagner, Berlioz and Elgar repertoire led by Edward Gardner. The concert will also feature mezzo-soprano Ruxandra Donose. Read more
Andrew Gourlay conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in a rehearsal of Dvorak's Cello Concerto, with soloist Michael Petrov, and Rachmaninov's Symphony No. 2. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more