Brighton Philharmonic’s New Season

We are delighted to announce our 2022/23 season, with tickets now on sale from Brighton Dome Ticket Office in person, by telephone (01273) 709709 and online:

Joanna MacGregor

Our exciting new season has something for everyone and is open to all.  In the run up to our 2025 centenary, Music Director Joanna MacGregor has curated a vibrant programme, bringing audiences something for all tastes.  On 2 October, we open with a bang: the glamour of New York in Gershwin’s jazzy Porgy and Bess and Rhapsody in Blue, and Copland’s stirring Fanfare for the Common Man, balanced by Joan Tower’s witty and equally colourful Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman.  On 26 March 2023 we close the season with Samuel Barber’s adored Adagio paired with the heroism of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto and the Triple Concerto.  In between, Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth returns with the internationally acclaimed soprano Carolyn Sampson in Mahler’s glorious Symphony no.4.  In February Robert Howarth directs Bach’s mighty St Matthew Passion, in collaboration with Brighton Festival Chorus and a stellar line-up of soloists.

In January we strike out in a new direction, not only playing on Saturday evening rather than a Sunday afternoon, but also with a dazzling concert celebrating the natural world in a collaboration with acclaimed visual artist Kathy Hinde. The music will delight in avant-garde, minimalist, rock and jazz – and cool Scandinavia.  It features 20th and 21st century composers including Philip Glass, Finnish master Einojuhani Rautavaara and Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead.

The main orchestral concerts are framed by a brilliant chamber programme which sets Rebecca Clarke alongside Elgar, Shostakovich and Brahms. Christmas treats include Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol narrated by the wonderful actor Roger Allam, plus a Viennese Gala to ring in the New Year.

Music Director, Joanna MacGregor continues the bold vision she set out for the orchestra last year, saying: “The Brighton Philharmonic has been performing in Brighton for nearly a century, and their concerts are for everyone: for adventurous classical lovers, students and families.  As BPO’s Music Director, I welcome you to a wonderful season of music and creativity!”