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Since 2007, the Philharmonia Orchestra has been producing high-quality video content, with the aim of introducing audiences to the people behind the music, and contributing to a truly multi-dimensional concert experience. From here you can access our vast film archive, as well as see our latest films introducing upcoming concerts, repertoire and performers. Selected films are also available via our video podcast series on iTunes, and all our content is distributed across both Vimeo and YouTube platforms.

Instrument: Banjo

Instrument: Banjo

In this film, Nigel Woodhouse introduces the banjo. The banjo is a rare visitor to the orchestra, but has been used by composers in the 20th century onward to evoke American folk music...

Philharmonia Orchestra at Garsington Opera (2017)

Philharmonia Orchestra at Garsington Opera (2017)

In the summer of 2017, the Philharmonia Orchestra embarked on a new creative partnership to span five years with Garsington Opera. In this first season the Philharmonia performed Debussy’s...

Listening Guides

Listening Guide: Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kijé

Listening Guide: Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kijé

Animateur Paul Rissmann recreates the story of Lieutenant Kijé, the Russian army administrator with a big imagination. This film introduces Sergei Prokofiev's music for his suite "Lieutenant...

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Interviews

Carl Davis on the film 'Waterloo'

Carl Davis on the film 'Waterloo'

Conductor and Composer Carl Davis discusses 'Waterloo', Karl Grune's 1928 film, ahead of a concert with the Philharmonia Orchestra which took place in April 2010.

Esa-Pekka Salonen Conducts Sibelius's Kullervo

Esa-Pekka Salonen Conducts Sibelius's Kullervo

Watch our behind-the-scenes film as Esa-Pekka Salonen prepares for a performance of Sibelius’s ”˜choral’ symphony Kullervo, based on a dark tale from the Finnish epic, the Kalevala....

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Features

re-rite: Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg 2013

re-rite: Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg 2013

A film created by the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, documenting a groundbreaking inception of the re-rite project which took place in 2013, set in a multi-storey car park which forms part...

Witold Lutosławski - A Polish Life

Witold Lutosławski - A Polish Life

In this feature-length biopic, Series Advisor Steven Stucky and Principal Conductor and Philharmonia Orchestra Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen travel to Poland to the explore the...

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Instrument Guides

Instrument: Bass Clarinet

Instrument: Bass Clarinet

In this film, Laurent Ben Slimane introduces his instrument - the bass clarinet. Why not download our iPad app, 'The Orchestra', to learn even more? Visit www.philharmonia.co.uk/app...

Instrument: Mandolin

Instrument: Mandolin

In this film, Nigel Woodhouse introduces the mandolin. The mandolin has been used by many composers across the centuries to give special colour to the orchestra, often evoking folk...

Instrument: Viola

Instrument: Viola

In this film, Nicholas Bootiman introduces his instrument - the viola. Why not download our iPad app, 'The Orchestra', to learn even more? Visit www.philharmonia.co.uk/app for more...

City of Light: Making the Ondes Martenot speak

City of Light: Making the Ondes Martenot speak

At the Musée de la Musique in Paris, lab manager Stéphane Vaiedelich is working on bringing this ondes Martenot back to life. Series Advisor, Caroline Potter, learned more about the...

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Behind The Scenes

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In Performance

Witold Lutosławski: Aleatoric Method

Witold Lutosławski: Aleatoric Method

Series Advisor Steven Stucky talks with Philharmonia Orchestra members Samuel Coles (Joint Principal Flute) and Mark van de Wiel (Joint Principal Clarinet) about Witold Lutosławski's...

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Beyond Classical

Carl Davis on Phantom of the Opera

Carl Davis on Phantom of the Opera

Composer and conductor Carl Davis gives insight into the process of writing his soundtrack for Rupert Julian's 1925 silent film, The Phantom of the Opera. The podcast features short...

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