There is an autumnal chill in the air in the mornings and the nights are closing in, but whilst for some this heralds the onset of the winter months, the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra and its regular audience are looking forward to their new season of Sunday afternoon concerts at Brighton Dome.
An array of guest soloists and conductors join the orchestra this season to play popular works by Tchaikovsky, Dvořák, Mendelssohn and Elgar as well as less well-known gems by Scriabin, Korngold, Walton and Greig. Particular highlights this side of Christmas include Sunday 6th November where the orchestra is joined by the Brighton Festival Chorus for a performance of Brahms' Ein Deutches Requiem, and Sunday 4th December when a Best of British Film Scores concert promises an afternoon of wonderful classic film music. Then to liven up the festive season the orchestra presents its traditional New Year’s Eve Viennese Gala with a plethora of foot-tapping marches, polkas and waltzes from the prolific Strauss family and lots of sparkly top notes from guest soprano Rebecca Bottone (who featured in the BBC series David Starkey’s Music and Monarchy).
The season opens on Sunday 9th October with Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth at the helm with a programme that includes Sir William Walton’s Viola Concerto with Andriy Vytovych and Tchaikovsky’s monumental Symphony No.5.
Tickets for all concerts range from £12-£37 with a 50% discount for students and under 18s, available from Brighton Dome Ticket Office (01273) 709709 or here.
For those considering coming by car, discounted parking is available for all BPO concerts at just £6 for up to five hours (from 1pm-6pm) in NCP Church Street Car Park, just a couple of minutes’ walk from Brighton Dome.
For full details of the whole season see: www.brightonphil.org.uk