Past Events

Take a look at some of the events that our Friends have enjoyed in the past. You can find all our forthcoming events here.

REHEARSAL - Holst: The Planets

9 November 2017

HOLST: THE PLANETS

John Wilson conductor
Sarah Tynan soprano
Philharmonia Voices

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No. 7, Sinfonia Antartica
HOLST The Planets

 

Tickets: £5 on the door

This includes a set of programme notes (subject to availability).

Please reserve your place in advance so that we can notify you of any changes to the schedule. Call the Friends Line on 020 7921 3906 or email [email protected].

Rehearsals typically last around 3 hours, including a short break. If a rehearsal is cancelled or shortened, we will make every effort to notify those that have signed-up in advanced. We will also provide up-to-date recorded information via the Friends Line.

Entrance to the Hall is via the Level Four Green Side doors; latecomers are permitted during an appropriate break.

At the request of the Orchestra, we kindly ask that guests sit no further forward than row M.

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Principal Friends' Green Room Reception

5 November 2017

Free entry

To book, call 020 7921 3906 or email [email protected] to reserve your place.

This event is open only to Principal Friends (including Overture, Concerto and Symphony Friends).

New for the 2017/18 season, Principal Friends are invited to meet world-class conductors and soloists in the Royal Festival Hall Green Room.

The party will meet at the front of the stalls before being shown backstage for a glass of wine.

As places are limited, please RSVP as early as possible. To ensure everyone has this opportunity to experience this unique insight into the workings of the Orchestra, priority will be given to those who have not been backstage before.

Concert details for the evening:

WALTON: BELSHAZZAR'S FEAST

Edward Gardner conductor
Mark van de Wiel clarinet
Roland Wood baritone
Philharmonia Chorus

ELGAR In the South
PHIBBS Clarinet Concerto
WALTON Belshazzar's Feast

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REHEARSAL - Brahms & Tchaikovsky

2 November 2017

BRAHMS & TCHAIKOVSKY

Karl-Heinz Steffens conductor
Esther Yoo violin

BEETHOVEN Overture, Egmont
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4

 

Tickets: £5 on the door

This includes a set of programme notes (subject to availability).

Please reserve your place in advance so that we can notify you of any changes to the schedule. Call the Friends Line on 020 7921 3906 or email [email protected].

Rehearsals typically last around 3 hours, including a short break. If a rehearsal is cancelled or shortened, we will make every effort to notify those that have signed-up in advanced. We will also provide up-to-date recorded information via the Friends Line.

Entrance to the Hall is via the Level Four Green Side doors; latecomers are permitted during an appropriate break.

At the request of the Orchestra, we kindly ask that guests sit no further forward than row M.

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REHEARSAL - Brahms & Tchaikovsky

1 November 2017

BRAHMS & TCHAIKOVSKY

Karl-Heinz Steffens conductor
Esther Yoo violin

BEETHOVEN Overture, Egmont
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4

 

Tickets: £5 on the door

Please reserve your place in advance so that we can notify you of any changes to the schedule. Call the Friends Line on 020 7921 3906 or email [email protected].

Rehearsals typically last around 3 hours, including a short break. If a rehearsal is cancelled or shortened, we will make every effort to notify those that have signed-up in advanced. We will also provide up-to-date recorded information via the Friends Line.

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Friends' Sponsored Concert Reception

1 November 2017

Tickets: £5 suggested donation

To book, call 020 7921 3906 or email [email protected] to reserve your place.

Join Philharmonia musicians and other Friends for a reception in recognition of your invaluable support.

The suggested donation of £5 helps to cover the cost of refreshments and staffing.

Concert details for the evening:

BRAHMS & TCHAIKOVSKY

Karl-Heinz Steffens conductor
Esther Yoo violin

BEETHOVEN Overture, Egmont
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4

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Principal Friends: Guided Tour of Steinway Hall

25 October 2017

Free entry

To book, call 020 7921 3906 or email [email protected] to reserve your place.

This event is open only to Princiapl Friends (including Overture, Concerto and Symphony Friends).

Join other Principal Friends for an exclusive tour of Steinway Hall, led by Technical Services Manager David Widdicombe.

David will discuss the history of Steinway & Sons and the founding of the company within the context of the invention and early development of the piano. He will explain why Steinway is unique in terms of its design, construction and approach to piano making, and there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions. 

During the second part of the tour, we will move to the workshop to see the restoration process. The content of this part of the tour is dependent on which pianos Steinway are working on at the time, but there is often something unique to see.

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Philharmonia Family Workshops - Le Méridien Piccadilly

24 October 2017

Tickets: £15 per child, £25 per adult

Book via Le Méridien Piccadilly online or by calling 0207 851 3085

Music education specialist John Webb and trio of Philharmonia musicians present a creative, fun and lively hour-long music workshop celebrating the joys and sounds of the seasons.

Through song, body percussion, listening activities and creative music-making, children will explore and create their very own musical response to the theme, while adults enjoy a classic Afternoon Tea.

The afternoon will conclude with a short, interactive performance where the children will perform their new compositions side-by-side with the Philharmonia trio.

No prior musical experience necessary - all abilities welcome. Suitable for children aged 5-12.

If your child plays an instrument, do bring it along.

 

This event is open to all.

Buffet Lunch with Members of the Orchestra

20 October 2017

Tickets: £35

To book, call 020 7921 3906 or email [email protected] to reserve your place.

To celebrate the new season, you are invited to join members of the Philharmonia for a three-course lunch at the Corn Exchange (including a glass of wine or soft drink).

In a short interview, Robin O’Neill (Principal Bassoon) will share his experience as a member of the Orchestra, as well as his take on the evening's programme.

Concert details for the evening:

FROM THE NEW WORLD

Alpesh Chauhan conductor
Elena Urioste violin

COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man
KORNGOLD Violin Concerto
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9, From the New World

 

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REHEARSAL - Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

19 October 2017

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: SCHEHERAZADE

Yuri Temirkanov conductor
Elisso Virsaladze piano

MOZART Overture, The Marriage of Figaro
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 21, K467
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade

 

Tickets: £5 on the door

This includes a set of programme notes (subject to availability).

Please reserve your place in advance so that we can notify you of any changes to the schedule. Call the Friends Line on 020 7921 3906 or email [email protected].

Rehearsals typically last around 3 hours, including a short break. If a rehearsal is cancelled or shortened, we will make every effort to notify those that have signed-up in advanced. We will also provide up-to-date recorded information via the Friends Line.

Entrance to the Hall is via the Level Four Green Side doors; latecomers are permitted during an appropriate break.

At the request of the Orchestra, we kindly ask that guests sit no further forward than row M.

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REHEARSAL - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

5 October 2017

MUSSORGSKY: PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION

Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor
Denis Kozhukhin piano

KABALEVSKY Overture, Colas Breugnon
RACHMANINOV Rhapsody on a Theme of Paginini
MUSSORGSKY (orch. Ravel) Pictures at an Exhibition

 

Tickets: £5 on the door

This includes a set of programme notes (subject to availability).

Please reserve your place in advance so that we can notify you of any changes to the schedule. Call the Friends Line on 020 7921 3906 or email [email protected].

Rehearsals typically last around 3 hours, including a short break. If a rehearsal is cancelled or shortened, we will make every effort to notify those that have signed-up in advanced. We will also provide up-to-date recorded information via the Friends Line.

Entrance to the Hall is via the Level Four Green Side doors; latecomers are permitted during an appropriate break.

At the request of the Orchestra, we kindly ask that guests sit no further forward than row M.

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Philharmonia MMSF Wind Quintet in the heart of Bedfordshire

15 August 2017

Tickets: £20, including interval drinks on the lawn

To book, call the Friends team on 020 7921 3906 or email [email protected].

Mark Taylor flute
Amy Roberts oboe
Helena Jacklin horn
Ewan Zuckert clarinet
Angharad Thomas bassoon

 

ARNOLD Three Shanties
HAYDN Divertimento in G (Hob.11:3)
ZEMLINSKY Humoreske
LIGETI Six Bagatelles
NIELSEN Wind Quintet
plus music for solo winds

Musicians from the Philharmonia Orchestra’s MMSF Instrumental Fellowship Programme return to Bedfordshire for an exquisite summer’s evening of chamber music. The interval will include wine served on the lawn. Grateful thanks are extended to our hosts, Mr and Mrs John Tusting, who have again offered their time and resources to make this happen.

Information for Friends travelling from London (approx. 50 mins by rail or 1 hr 30 mins by road)

We would be delighted to welcome London Friends to this wonderful summer recital in Bedfordshire. Trains run regularly from St Pancras to Bedford, both via East Midlands Trains and Thameslink services. By road, the easiest route is via the M1 (exiting at Milton Keynes, Junction 13). Should there be sufficient demand, return transport will be arranged between Bedford railway station and the Barn – please express your interest by email, phone, or using the booking form, at your earliest convenience. Any additional cost will be communicated to you in good time.

This event is open to all.

Three Choirs Festival in Worcester

25 July 2017

Tickets: £140, including entry to the Elgar Birthplace Museum, dinner, and concert tickets.

To book, call the Friends team on 020 7921 3906 or email [email protected].

Martyn Brabbins conductor
Soloists to be announced

ELGAR The Dream of Gerontius

Revel in the life and work of Sir Edward Elgar this summer as the Three Choirs Festival returns to the town of his birth. Friends will have the opportunity to visit Elgar’s birthplace in the village of Lower Broadheath, and hear his magnificent oratorio The Dream of Gerontius performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra in Worcester Cathedral.

Tickets include dinner, a visit to the Elgar Birthplace Museum, and some of the best seats in the house for the evening’s concert. For those who choose to stay a little longer, Open Rehearsal passes can be arranged on request for Monday 24th and Wednesday 26th July. A list of hotels in Worcester is also available. Concert tickets for the remainder of the week should be arranged directly with the Three Choirs Festival.

Provisional itinerary:
- 2.00pm: Visit to the Elgar Birthplace Museum
- 5.30pm: Dinner in the heart of Worcester
- 7.45pm: Concert at Worcester Cathedral

For Friends travelling from Leicester, return coach travel will be arranged if there is sufficient demand. Please express your interest ASAP by calling or emailing the Friends Team. Should this go ahead, the additional cost will be communicated to you in good time.

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Photo © Ash Mills

Open Rehearsal - Russian Masterworks

21 June 2017

Tickets: £5, including a set of programme notes (subject to availability)

Please reserve your place in advance by calling 020 7921 3960 or emailing [email protected]

Yuri Temirkanov conductor

Denis Kozhukhin piano

 

LIADOV Kikimora

RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 2

SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5

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HOW TO ATTEND

To reserve a place, and to find out more information, please call 020 7921 3960 or email [email protected]. Payment will be taken on the door.

Please aim to arrive from 15 minutes before the rehearsal start time. On arrival at the Royal Festival Hall, please make your way to the Level Four Green Side doors, where a member of Philharmonia staff will be waiting to greet you.

Since this is a rehearsal rather than a performance, times and details are liable to change, so we recommend calling our voicemail on 020 7921 3906 before travelling to the Royal Festival Hall, which will be updated with any changes to the advertised schedule. The rehearsal is due to finish at 1pm, with a break in the middle.

We ask that all guests kindly sit no further forward than row M in the front stalls, at the request of the Orchestra and the conductor.

Friends Summer Dinner

8 June 2017

Tickets: £35, including dinner and an optional donation of £5 to the Friends of the Philharmonia Appeal

To book, call the Friends team on 020 7921 3906 or email [email protected].

Before the penultimate concert of the season, enjoy a two course meal at the Archduke restaurant – just a stone’s throw from the Royal Festival Hall.

Click here for full concert details for the evening

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Open Rehearsal - Requiems: Duruflé & Fauré

4 June 2017

Jérémie Rhorer conductor

Elizabeth Watts soprano

Jean-Sébastien Bou baritone

Rodolfus Choir choir

Philharmonia Voices choir

 

DURUFLÉ Requiem

FAURÉ Requiem

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HOW TO ATTEND AN OPEN REHEARSAL

Please sign up to attend each Open Rehearsal in advance by contacting the Friends Team on 020 7921 3906 or at [email protected], so that we can alert you of any time changes where possible.

We also ask that Friends call the Friends line and listen to the voicemail for any updates before travelling to the rehearsal venue, as we are unable to alert you to changes outside office hours. As the rehearsals are not performances, times and details are liable to change at the last minute and therefore we ask for your understanding.

Attendance costs £5.00 per person and payment will be collected at the door. Please enter the auditorium via the Level Four Green Side entrance - a member of staff or volunteer will be there to greet you. Please arrive from 15 minutes before the rehearsal start time. Programme notes are printed in advance based on places booked; when distributing programmes, priority will be given to those who have already reserved.

We ask that all Friends kindly sit no further forward than row M in the front stalls, at the request of the Orchestra and the conductor.

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Open Rehearsal - Mahler: Symphony No. 1

1 June 2017

Gustavo Gimeno conductor

Lawrence Power viola

 

LIGETI Concert Românesc

SALONEN Pentatonic Etude

BARTÓK Viola Concerto

MAHLER Symphony No. 1

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HOW TO ATTEND AN OPEN REHEARSAL

Please sign up to attend each Open Rehearsal in advance by contacting the Friends Team on 020 7921 3906 or at [email protected], so that we can alert you of any time changes where possible.

We also ask that Friends call the Friends line and listen to the voicemail for any updates before travelling to the rehearsal venue, as we are unable to alert you to changes outside office hours. As the rehearsals are not performances, times and details are liable to change at the last minute and therefore we ask for your understanding.

Attendance costs £5.00 per person and payment will be collected at the door. Please enter the auditorium via the Level Four Green Side entrance - a member of staff or volunteer will be there to greet you. Please arrive from 15 minutes before the rehearsal start time. Programme notes are printed in advance based on places booked; when distributing programmes, priority will be given to those who have already reserved.

We ask that all Friends kindly sit no further forward than row M in the front stalls, at the request of the Orchestra and the conductor.

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Open Rehearsal - Blomstedt conducts Beethoven

25 May 2017

Herbert Blomstedt conductor

Martin Helmchen piano

 

BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7

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HOW TO ATTEND AN OPEN REHEARSAL

Please sign up to attend each Open Rehearsal in advance by contacting the Friends Team on 020 7921 3906 or at [email protected], so that we can alert you of any time changes where possible.

We also ask that Friends call the Friends line and listen to the voicemail for any updates before travelling to the rehearsal venue, as we are unable to alert you to changes outside office hours. As the rehearsals are not performances, times and details are liable to change at the last minute and therefore we ask for your understanding.

Attendance costs £5.00 per person and payment will be collected at the door. Please enter the auditorium via the Level Four Green Side entrance - a member of staff or volunteer will be there to greet you. Please arrive from 15 minutes before the rehearsal start time. Programme notes are printed in advance based on places booked; when distributing programmes, priority will be given to those who have already reserved.

We ask that all Friends kindly sit no further forward than row M in the front stalls, at the request of the Orchestra and the conductor.

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Lunch at Taste Restaurant

17 May 2017

Tickets: £20, including a three course meal and an optional donation of £10 to the Friends of the Philharmonia Appeal.

To book, call the Friends team on 020 7921 3906 or email [email protected].

Join us for a fundraising lunch served by the ‘Jamie Oliver’s of tomorrow’ – the aspiring chefs of Leicester College.

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Philharmonia Family Workshops - Le Méridien Piccadilly

7 May 2017

We are sorry to announce that this event has been CANCELLED.

Le Méridien Piccadilly has partnered with the Philharmonia Orchestra to offer an exclusive series of children’s creative music workshops, led by music education specialist John Webb and a trio of Philharmonia musicians.

Whilst children are taking part in the fun and lively seasonally inspired workshops, parents, grandparents and other relatives are invited to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in Le Méridien Piccadilly’s grand Oak Room. The session will culminate in a special performance by the young performers and their Philharmonia tutors followed by some sweet treats.

Schedule

14:00               Arrival

14:30-15:30    Creative workshop led by John Webb (adults have afternoon tea)

15:30-15:45    Short break

15:45-16:15     Interactive performance, presented by John Webb. To include items on the theme by PO trio, interspersed with presentation of music created by the children in workshop

16:15                Afternoon tea for the children

Spaces are limited to 40 children per workshop so book early to avoid disappointment. The workshops are suitable for children aged 7-11; all abilities are welcome and no previous musical experience is necessary! If your child or grandchild plays an instrument, please do bring it along.

This event is open to all.

Virtual Reality Demonstration

22 April 2017

£20 per person, including buffet dinner

To book, call the Friends team on 020 7921 3906 or email [email protected].

See, hear, and dive into the Philharmonia Orchestra’s pioneering Virtual Reality
experience based on Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony. Premiered last September at London’s Southbank Centre, during this experience participants find themselves sat in front of Esa-Pekka Salonen as he conducts the final minutes of one of the 20th Century’s most recognisable symphonies.

Additionally, Friends will have the opportunity to attend a talk with Luke Ritchie, the Orchestra’s Digital Director, on upcoming projects and why a modern orchestra must innovate in the digital realm.

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Open Rehearsal - Bedford Season Finale: Dvořák & Elgar

21 April 2017

Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor

Alban Gerhardt cello

 

SMETANA Vltava from Má Vlast

ELGAR Cello Concerto

DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 8 in G (Op. 88)

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HOW TO ATTEND AN OPEN REHEARSAL

Please sign up to attend each Open Rehearsal in advance by contacting the Friends Team on 020 7921 3906 or at [email protected], so that we can alert you of any time changes where possible.

We also ask that Friends call the Friends line and listen to the voicemail for any updates before travelling to the rehearsal venue, as we are unable to alert you to changes outside office hours. As the rehearsals are not performances, times and details are liable to change at the last minute and therefore we ask for your understanding.

To attend a rehearsal in Bedford, please enter via the entrance of Number 13, next to the Corn Exchange, and sit in the stalls (as the balcony is unavailable).

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Open Rehearsal - Jakub Hrůša conducts Dvořák

6 April 2017

Jakub Hrůša conductor

Sergey Khachatryan violin

 

BRAHMS (orch Dvořák) Hungarian Dances (Nos.12-21)

TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto

DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 8 in G (Op. 88)

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HOW TO ATTEND AN OPEN REHEARSAL

Please sign up to attend each Open Rehearsal in advance by contacting the Friends Team on 020 7921 3906 or at [email protected], so that we can alert you of any time changes where possible.

We also ask that Friends call the Friends line and listen to the voicemail for any updates before travelling to the rehearsal venue, as we are unable to alert you to changes outside office hours. As the rehearsals are not performances, times and details are liable to change at the last minute and therefore we ask for your understanding.

Attendance costs £5.00 per person and payment will be collected at the door. Please enter the auditorium via the Level Four Green Side entrance - a member of staff or volunteer will be there to greet you. Please arrive from 15 minutes before the rehearsal start time. Programme notes are printed in advance based on places booked; when distributing programmes, priority will be given to those who have already reserved.

We ask that all Friends kindly sit no further forward than row M in the front stalls, at the request of the Orchestra and the conductor.

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Philharmonia Chamber Players at West London Synagogue

4 April 2017

SCHUBERT Quartettsatz

RICHARD STRAUSS Capriccio Sextet

MENDELSSOHN Octet

Philharmonia Chamber Players presented by Suzy Klein

Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay violin

Nathaniel Anderson-Frank violin

Helena Buckie violin

Fiona Cornall violin

Yukiko Ogura viola

Amenda Verner viola

Richard Birchall cello

Maria Zachariadou cello

Tickets: £20, £15 (concessions)*

West London Synagogue is the oldest Reform Synagogue in the UK. Its dramatic Italian-Morrish style and wonderful acoustics will provide the perfect setting to host the Philharmonia Chamber Players.

5.30pm Pre-performance discussion with WLS members Stanley Freed and Henry Dyson

6.30pm Wine reception

7pm Concert commences

THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL

*We regret that concessions are not available online. Please call the Philharmonia Box Office on 0800 652 6717 (FREEPHONE). Tickets non-refundable.

Open Rehearsal - Jakub Hrůša conducts Brahms

23 March 2017

Jakub Hrůša conductor

Rudolf Buchbinder piano

 

BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2

BRAHMS Symphony No. 4

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HOW TO ATTEND AN OPEN REHEARSAL

Please sign up to attend each Open Rehearsal in advance by contacting the Friends Team on 020 7921 3906 or at [email protected], so that we can alert you of any time changes where possible.

We also ask that Friends call the Friends line and listen to the voicemail for any updates before travelling to the rehearsal venue, as we are unable to alert you to changes outside office hours. As the rehearsals are not performances, times and details are liable to change at the last minute and therefore we ask for your understanding.

Attendance costs £5.00 per person and payment will be collected at the door. Please enter the auditorium via the Level Four Green Side entrance - a member of staff or volunteer will be there to greet you. Please arrive from 15 minutes before the rehearsal start time. Programme notes are printed in advance based on places booked; when distributing programmes, priority will be given to those who have already reserved.

We ask that all Friends kindly sit no further forward than row M in the front stalls, at the request of the Orchestra and the conductor.

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Open Rehearsal - Prokofiev & Rachmaninov

9 March 2017

Rafael Payare conductor

Frank Peter Zimmermann violin

 

PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1, Classical

PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 1

RACHMANINOV Symphonic Dances

 

Click here for further concert details

HOW TO ATTEND AN OPEN REHEARSAL

Please sign up to attend each Open Rehearsal in advance by contacting the Friends Team on 020 7921 3906 or at [email protected], so that we can alert you of any time changes where possible.

We also ask that Friends call the Friends line and listen to the voicemail for any updates before travelling to the rehearsal venue, as we are unable to alert you to changes outside office hours. As the rehearsals are not performances, times and details are liable to change at the last minute and therefore we ask for your understanding.

Attendance costs £5.00 per person and payment will be collected at the door. Please enter the auditorium via the Level Four Green Side entrance - a member of staff or volunteer will be there to greet you. Please arrive from 15 minutes before the rehearsal start time. Programme notes are printed in advance based on places booked; when distributing programmes, priority will be given to those who have already reserved.

We ask that all Friends kindly sit no further forward than row M in the front stalls, at the request of the Orchestra and the conductor.

Open Rehearsal - Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6

5 March 2017

Tugan Sokhiev conductor

Edgar Moreau cello

 

DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto

TCHAIKOVSKY  Symphony No. 6, Pathétique

 

Click here for further concert details

HOW TO ATTEND AN OPEN REHEARSAL

Please sign up to attend each Open Rehearsal in advance by contacting the Friends Team on 020 7921 3906 or at [email protected] so that we can alert you of any time changes where possible.

We also ask that Friends call the Friends line and listen to the voicemail for any updates before travelling to the rehearsal venue, as we are unable to alert you to changes outside office hours. As the rehearsals are not performances, times and details are liable to change at the last minute and therefore we ask for your understanding.

Attendance costs £5.00 per person and payment will be collected at the door. Please enter the auditorium via the Level Four Green Side entrance - a member of staff or volunteer will be there to greet you. Please arrive from 15 minutes before the rehearsal start time. Programme notes are printed in advance based on places booked; when distributing programmes, priority will be given to those who have already reserved.

We ask that all Friends kindly sit no further forward than row M in the front stalls, at the request of the Orchestra and the conductor.

Open Rehearsal - Stravinsky: The Firebird

2 March 2017

Pablo Heras-Casado conductor

Javier Perianes piano

RAVEL Alborada del gracioso

DE FALLA Nights in the Gardens of Spain

STRAVINSKY The Firebird (Complete Ballet, 1910)

Click here for further concert details

HOW TO ATTEND AN OPEN REHEARSAL

Please sign up to attend each Open Rehearsal in advance by contacting the Friends Team on 020 7921 3906 or at [email protected], so that we can alert you of any time changes where possible.

We also ask that Friends call the Friends line and listen to the voicemail for any updates before travelling to the rehearsal venue, as we are unable to alert you to changes outside office hours. As the rehearsals are not performances, times and details are liable to change at the last minute and therefore we ask for your understanding.

Attendance costs £5.00 per person and payment will be collected at the door. Please enter the auditorium via the Level Four Green Side entrance - a member of staff or volunteer will be there to greet you. Please arrive from 15 minutes before the rehearsal start time. Programme notes are printed in advance based on places booked; when distributing programmes, priority will be given to those who have already reserved.

We ask that all Friends kindly sit no further forward than row M in the front stalls, at the request of the Orchestra and the conductor.

Open Rehearsal - Inspirations: Strauss & Beethoven

23 February 2017

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Pierre-Laurent Aimard piano

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor

DAVIES Concerto for Four Horns and Orchestra(London Première)

STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra

Click here for further concert details

HOW TO ATTEND AN OPEN REHEARSAL

Please sign up to attend each Open Rehearsal in advance by contacting the Friends Team on 020 7921 3906 or at [email protected], so that we can alert you of any time changes where possible.

We also ask that Friends call the Friends line and listen to the voicemail for any updates before travelling to the rehearsal venue, as we are unable to alert you to changes outside office hours. As the rehearsals are not performances, times and details are liable to change at the last minute and therefore we ask for your understanding.

Attendance costs £5.00 per person and payment will be collected at the door. Please enter the auditorium via the Level Four Green Side entrance - a member of staff or volunteer will be there to greet you. Please arrive from 15 minutes before the rehearsal start time. Programme notes are printed in advance based on places booked; when distributing programmes, priority will be given to those who have already reserved.

We ask that all Friends kindly sit no further forward than row M in the front stalls, at the request of the Orchestra and the conductor.

Open Rehearsal - Inspirations: Ligeti & Ravel

19 February 2017

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Soloists include: Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Philharmonia Voices, Rodolfus Choir

STRAVINSKY Funeral Song (European premiere)

LIGETI Piano Concerto

RAVEL Daphnis et Chloé (complete)

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HOW TO ATTEND AN OPEN REHEARSAL

Please sign up to attend each Open Rehearsal in advance by contacting the Friends Team on 020 7921 3906 or at [email protected], so that we can alert you of any time changes where possible.

We also ask that Friends call the Friends line and listen to the voicemail for any updates before travelling to the rehearsal venue, as we are unable to alert you to changes outside office hours. As the rehearsals are not performances, times and details are liable to change at the last minute and therefore we ask for your understanding.

Attendance costs £5.00 per person and payment will be collected at the door. Please enter the auditorium via the Level Four Green Side entrance - a member of staff or volunteer will be there to greet you. Please arrive from 15 minutes before the rehearsal start time. Programme notes are printed in advance based on places booked; when distributing programmes, priority will be given to those who have already reserved.

We ask that all Friends kindly sit no further forward than row M in the front stalls, at the request of the Orchestra and the conductor.

Open Rehearsal - John Wilson: In London Town

12 February 2017

John Wilson conductor

Lawrence Power viola

ELGAR Cockaigne (In London Town)

WALTON Viola Concerto

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS A London Symphony

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HOW TO ATTEND AN OPEN REHEARSAL

Please sign up to attend each Open Rehearsal in advance by contacting the Friends Team on 020 7921 3906 or at [email protected], so that we can alert you of any time changes where possible.

We also ask that Friends call the Friends line and listen to the voicemail for any updates before travelling to the rehearsal venue, as we are unable to alert you to changes outside office hours. As the rehearsals are not performances, times and details are liable to change at the last minute and therefore we ask for your understanding.

Attendance costs £5.00 per person and payment will be collected at the door. Please enter the auditorium via the Level Four Green Side entrance - a member of staff or volunteer will be there to greet you. Please arrive from 15 minutes before the rehearsal start time. Programme notes are printed in advance based on places booked; when distributing programmes, priority will be given to those who have already reserved.

We ask that all Friends kindly sit no further forward than row M in the front stalls, at the request of the Orchestra and the conductor.

2017/18 Season in Conversation

2 February 2017

Please RSVP in advance by calling the Friends team on 020 7921 3906 or emailing [email protected].

Join Karen Stephenson (No. 2 Cello), Antoine Siguré (Principal Timpani) and Jonathan Kuhles (Development Director) for a discussion on the recently announced 2017/18 London season. The panellists will discuss the artistic themes of the year as well as their personal highlights, and will take questions from the floor. At 6.30pm, Friends are invited to reconvene in the Friends Bar.

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To book for the 2017/18 season, click here (available to Friends from 31 January)

Open Rehearsal - Nelsons: Bruckner Symphony no. 5

19 January 2017

Andris Nelsons conductor

BRUCKNER Symphony No. 5

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Open Rehearsal - Beethoven: Symphony no. 5

13 January 2017

Domingo Hindoyan conductor

Min Lee violin

WAGNER Overture, Der Fliegende Holländer

BARBER Violin Concerto

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5

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Open Rehearsal - Bartók & Shostakovich: From the East

24 November 2016

Juraj Valčuha conductor

Frank Peter Zimmermann violin


BARTÓK Violin Concerto No. 2

SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 8


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Open Rehearsal - Neilsen Series: Paavo Järvi

10 November 2016

We strongly advise that you RSVP in advance to all Open Rehearsal by contacting the Friends team on 020 7921 3906 or via email at [email protected], as rehearsal details are subject to change at the last minute.

Please enter the auditiorium via the Level 4 Green Side doors, where a member of staff will be there to greet you. We kindly ask that you sit no further forward than row M.

An Evening of Chamber Music

29 June 2015

This is the 20th Anniversary of our residency in Bedford and the 70th of the Orchestra. To celebrate this, we invite Friends of the Philharmonia to an evening of Chamber Music with a String Quintet of Philharmonia musicians.

Wine and canapes will be served at the interval.

Friends End of Season Dinner

25 June 2015

Friends of the Philharmonia can join us for a two course pre-concert dinner at the Archduke to celebrate the end of a successful season. Members of the Orchestra will be there to thank you for your support.

Principal Friends' Sponsored Concert Reception at the Royal Festival Hall

15 March 2015

Principal Friends are invited to a private reception at the Royal Festival Hall to thank them for their support of the concert. We hope that you can join us for a wine and canape reception before the concert.

Friends' Sponsored Concert Reception at De Montfort Hall

17 February 2015

Celebrate this year's Friends' Sponsored cConcert at this pre-concert reception at De Montfort Hall. Drinks and nibbles will be served and Friends will have the opportunity to talk to members of the Philharmonia Orchestra.

2015/16 Season Launch at the Royal Festival Hall

22 January 2015

We are delighted to be able to share our 2015/16 season plans and give you an exciting preview into our 70th Anniversary, with a talk by David Whelton and a member of the Philharmonia Orchestram before the season brochures are distributed and Priority Booking opens for Friends on Monday 26 January.

The Phil' on Film at the Bedford Corn Exchange

20 January 2015

Join us for an exclusive screening of archive Philharmonia Orchestra footage. This is a wonderful opportunity to see a glimpse of the Orchestra’s history and a rare look at the past.

Full details of ticket prices and how to book will be publicised shortly. Please call the Friends team on 020 7921 3951 for more information.

Post Concert Christmas Reception at the Royal Festival Hall

14 December 2014

We warmly welcome you to our Annual Christmas Reception to thank you for your generous support throughout 2014. 

Join us for some mulled wine, minced pies and music at 5pm after this afternoon’s concert which will feature Smetana, Brahms and Tchaikovsky and will be conducted by Santtu-Matias Rouvali.

Please note that this a post-concert reception and Friends will need to purchase their concert tickets in addition. 

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 - 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.