17 November 2015
Join us on what would have been Sir Charles Mackerras's 90th Birthday for a panel discussion about the life and work of Sir Charles, the Philharmonia's Prinicpal Guest Conductor from 2002 until his death in 2010.
The panel will include Nigel Simeone, author of a book about Sir Charles, and Mike Hurwitz, Archivist and Former Cellist of the Orchestra, amongst other special guests. The evening will take place in the Philharmonia's new premises an will include drinks and refreshments.
An Evening of Baroque Music
14 August 2015
We are delighted to invite Friends of the Philharmonia to our annual concert at the Barn Carlton. The evening will be presented by the Philharmonia's Principal Flute Samuel Coles, who will lead a wonderful concert of baroque music.
Bliss in Hereford
27 July 2015
We are pleased to invite Friends of the Philharmonia to the Three Choirs Festival in Hereford to see Sir Andrew Davis conduct Sibelius' Symphony No.5 and the more rarely performed Bliss' Morning Heroes at the Festival's 300th Anniversary. Transport will be provided to and from Leicester.
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.
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.