An Introduction to the 2014/15 Season at the Royal Festival Hall
23 October 2014
We are delighted to present to our Friends an exciting opportunity to gain an insight into the new season, as David Whelton, the Managing Director of the Philharmonia Orchestra, will introduce the 2014/15 season programme and talk through some of its highlights, such as the City of Light concert series, which explores the cultural history of Paris between 1900 and 1950.
There will be an opportunity to ask questions about the upcoming season, as well as find out more about the work that goes into planning a concert.
The Guildhall and Windsor Castle
26 September 2014
The Philharmonia Orchestra will perform its annual concert at the Windsor Festival on Friday 26 September. Domingo Hindoyan will be conducting Grieg's Holberg Suite Op.40, Hummel's Trumpet Concerto with Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth and ending with Beethoven's Symphony No.3, Eroica in the stunning Waterloo Chamber at Windsor Castle.
There will be a wine and canapés reception with Philharmonia musicians from 6-7pm at The Guildhall, which is just a short walk away from the Castle itself. Following the reception, there will be chaperones to guide you to the entrance of Waterloo Chamber in time for the concert at 7.30pm.
Concert and Private View of 'Highlanders: Billeted in Bedford
24 September 2014
Join us and the Friends of The Higgins Bedford at 19.15pm for an evening in remembrance of 1914 for an evening of art and music. There will be a drinks and canapé reception and an exclusive viewing of the forthcoming exhibition “Highlanders: Billeted in Bedford.” The exhibition examines the little-known story of the 22,000 soldiers of the Highland Division who were billeted in Bedford as they trained and prepared to fight on the Western Front in France.
The Private View will be followed by a special private performance at 20.30pm from a String Trio of members of the Philharmonia Orchestra, playing music that compliments the theme of 1914.
Bedford Friends' Trip to Royal Festival Hall
29 June 2014
Bedford Friends of the Philharmonia are warmly invited on a trip to visit another of the Orchestra's residencies, Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall.
This trip includes a pre-concert two-course meal with wine at The Archduke Restaurant in Waterloo, which will be followed by the Orchestra's performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 8, led by Esa-Pekka Salonen, to close the 2013/14 concert season in London.
Open Rehearsal - Salonen/Latry/Batiashvili
26 June 2014
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.
Open Rehearsal - Järvi/Gerstein
12 June 2014
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.
NB. Please note that this rehearsal may be shortened.
London Friends' Dinner 2014
12 June 2014
On Thursday 12 June, Friends of the Philharmonia are invited to join players for a pre-concert meal at The Archduke restaurant in Waterloo.
The dinner will be followed by the evening performance of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, led by Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi.
Leicester Friends Lunch
11 June 2014
We will once again be inviting our Friends to an end of season two-course lunch at Le Bistrot Pierre in Leicester.
Open Rehearsal - Dohnányi/Westbroek
5 June 2014
Christoph von Dohnányi is joined by soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek in a rehearsal of Strauss' Four Last Songs and Bruckner's Symphony No. 9.
Players in the Friends Bar
5 June 2014
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.
Talk and Chamber Concert at the Tower of London
28 May 2014
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.
Open Rehearsal - Sokhiev/Angelich
22 May 2014
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).
Open Rehearsal - Hrůša/Mørk
15 May 2014
Jakub Hrůša is joined by cellist Truls Mørk in a rehearsal of Dvořák's Cello Concerto as well as Suk's Asrael Symphony.
Open Rehearsal - Afkham/Khachatryan
8 May 2014
David Afkham conducted 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.
Open Rehearsal - Ashkenazy/Yoo
2 May 2014
Vladimir Ashkenazy was joined by violinist Esther Yoo in a rehearsal of Sibelius' Finlandia and Violin Concerto, as well as Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5.
Open Rehearsal - Hrůša/Vondráček et al
13 April 2014
Jakub Hrůša conducted the Philharmonia in a rehearsal of Suk's Scherzo Fantastique and Dvořák's Piano Concerto (featuring soloist Lukáš Vondráček), as well as Janáček's Glagolitic Mass featuring Bristol Choral Society and soloists Gun-Brit Barkmin, Monica Groop, Peter Berger, Mischa Schelomianski and Thomas Trotter.
Open Rehearsal - Hrůša/Steinbacher
10 April 2014
Jakub Hrůša conducted the Orchestra in a rehearsal of Janáček's Overture, Jealousy and his Sinfonietta, as well as Dvořák's Violin Concerto in A minor (featuring soloist Arabella Steinbacher) and Suk's Praga.
Players in the Friends Bar
10 April 2014
Friends of the Philharmonia were joined by members of the Orchestra, pre-concert in the Friends bar at the Royal Festival Hall.
Open Rehearsal - Gourlay/Petrov
5 April 2014
Andrew Gourlay conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra in a rehearsal of Dvorak's Cello Concerto, with soloist Michael Petrov, and Rachmaninov's Symphony No. 2.
Open Rehearsal - Gardner/Donose
3 April 2014
Edward Gardner was joined by mezzo-soprano Ruxandra Donose in a rehearsal of Wagner's Overture from Rienzi, Berlioz's La Mort de Cléopâtre and Elgar's Symphony No. 1.
Leicester Friends Film Screening
2 April 2014
Following our popular film event last season, we were pleased to invite Leicester Friends to our second Philharmonia film screening, which took place in the Garden Suite at De Montfort Hall and featured an episode of The Phil, a documentary about the Orchestra which was filmed in 1997.
Following the screening, refreshments were provided for guests prior to our evening concert, which featured a programme of Wagner, Berlioz and Elgar repertoire led by Edward Gardner and also featuring mezzo-soprano Ruxandra Donose.
Open Rehearsal - Maazel
20 March 2014
Maestro Maazel conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra in a rehearsal of Strauss' orchestral blockbusters Also sprach Zarathustra and Ein Alpensinfonie.
Open Rehearsal - Cleobury / Llewellyn / Ruutel / Johnson / Neven / Choir of King's College, Cambridge
12 March 2014
A rehearsal of Handel's Zadok The Priest, Mozart's Symphony No. 40 and Beethoven's Mass in C, which featured the voices of Elizabeth Llewellyn, Kai Ruutel, Ben Johnson, Henk Neven and the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, conducted by Steven Cleobury.
Principal Friends Sponsored Concert Reception
9 March 2014
Principal Friends were warmly welcomed to enjoy a pre-concert cream tea reception in thanks for their ongoing support of the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Open Rehearsal - Dohnányi/Helmchen
27 February 2014
Christoph von Dohnányi conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra in a rehearsal of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 (featuring soloist Martin Helmchen), as well as Strauss' Ein Heldenleben.
Leicester Friends Trip to London
23 February 2014
Leicester Friends and their guests were warmly invited to join us on a trip to Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall for a performance of Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3 Werther, Op. 60 and Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem, conducted by Andris Nelsons as part of his Brahms Cycle with the Philharmonia this season.