Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra: 2017/18 Season

The renowned orchestra returns, with some of the finest music making on the south coast. 

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Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra: 2017/18 Season

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra

Stephen Bell conductor
Gareth Small trumpet

Glinka Overture: A Life for the Tsar
Mussorgsky Night on the Bare Mountain
Arutunian Trumpet Concerto in A-flat major
Tchaikovsky Symphony No 4 in F minor Op.36, ‘Fate’

Guest conductor Stephen Bell joins the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra to explore the opulent riches of Russian music. He begins in the Russia of the Tsars. Glinka’s overture to A Life for the Tsar displays the heroic nobility suggested by the opera’s story of a peasant who saves the Tsar from kidnappers, while Mussorgsky’s demonic tone poem Night on the Bare Mountain depicts a witches’ sabbath in music of quite terrifying power and energy.

Gareth Small, Principal Trumpet of the Hallé, is the soloist for the Armenian composer Alexander Arutunian’s virtuosic Trumpet Concerto, written in 1950. A fabulous trumpet showpiece, it revels in soulful melodies and exciting gypsy-like sound. Finally, in his Fourth Symphony Tchaikovsky poured out music that is intensely personal and expressive. It is a work of monumental scale and beauty that nevertheless has a delicacy and sensitivity that have made it one of the most popular of all symphonies.

Before this concert, there will be an interview featuring Louise Schweitzer in conversation with trumpet player Gareth Small in the Brighton Musuem Education Pavilion. Click here to find out more.

For our blind or visually impaired patrons, at 1.15pm there will be a touch tour offering a tactile introduction to the performance. Find out more on our access page. Tickets for the Touch Tour are free but must be booked in advance alongside a ticket for main performance by contacting our ticket office on 01273 709709 or emailing

For more information on season tickets as well as discounts, including family tickets and group bookings, see the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra season brochure

Sun 4 Mar, 2.45pm

Touch Tour Sun 4 Mar, 1.15pm
£12, £17, £23, £28, £34, £38*
Under 18s and students half-price