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Would you like to sing Elgar with the Philharmonia Chorus?

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Then do come to our Open Rehearsal on Thursday 17 August at Gandhi Hall, Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London, W1T 6AQ, on the corner of Fitzroy Street and Grafton Way - nearest tubes are Warren Street and Great Portland Street. The open rehearsal is from 6.30 to 8pm, but we suggest that you turn up at 6.15pm to collect your music and say hello.

The rehearsal will be taken by our dynamic German Chorus Master, Stefan Bevier, and we will be rehearsing Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius.

If this appeals, or if you have any questions, do contact our Personnel Manager Rosslyn Panatti. We look forward very much to welcoming you.


Philharmonia Chorus at the Rheingau Festival

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This summer the Philharmonia Chorus will make its first appearance at the Rheingau Music Festival in two concerts of English music.

On August 31, the Chorus will be accompanied by organist Thomas Frank in a programme of music from the English Musical Renaissance, 1850 - 1930, in the Marktkirche in Wiesbaden. Works by Stanford, Parry, Wood, Elgar and Vaughan Williams and included in the programme, and it will be conducted by Stefan Bevier. The concert will be recorded by Deutschlandfunk for future transmission.

Two days later on 2 September, the Chorus will take part in the final concert of the 2017 Rheingau Music Festival, a performance of Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius in the Kloster Eberbach, with mezzo-soprano Elisabeth DeShong, tenor Brenden Gunnell and baritone Markus Eiche, and the Symphoniker Hamburg conducted by Martyn Brabbins.


Ravel in Lille

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The Philharmonia Chorus will make its debut with the Orchestre National de Lille on Friday September 22 in the Auditorium du Nouveau Siècle in Lille with a performance of Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé conducted by the orchestra's principal conductor Alexandre Bloch. This is the opening concert in the orchestra's 2017-18 season.

The concert will be repeated on Saturday 23 September.


Philharmonia Chorus celebrates 60th anniversary with Belshazzar's Feast

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On Tuesday November 12 1957 the Philharmonia Chorus gave its very first performance. The occasion was the culmination of a Beethoven cycle with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Otto Klemperer in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

The Chorus is marking 60 years of glorious music making on Sunday 5 November at the Royal Festival Hall in a performance of William Walton's spectacular oratorio Belshazzar's Feast, with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner.

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Recent Reviews

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Beethoven - Symphony No.9 'Choral'
Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Zander
Royal Festival Hall, London, 18 March 2017
19 / 03 / 2017

...this was singing of the highest quality, powerful, controlled, overwhelming
Anthony Hodgson, www.classicalsource.com

The Chorus was staggeringly good throughout.
Colin Clarke, http://seenandheard-international.com

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Beethoven - Missa Solemnis
Hamburger Symphoniker conducted by Sir Jeffrey Tate
Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, 17 January 2017
20 / 01 / 2017

Above the introductory Kyrie in his Missa Solemnis Beethoven wrote that it should speak from one heart to another. This wish was fulfilled in the first concert given by Sir Jeffrey Tate and the Hamburger Symphoniker in the Elbphilharmonie. The music sang and breathed, although often challenged by hall's to some extent problematic acoustic, obstinate and dry. It reached the soul, comforting and shattering at the same time. The rest of the audience probably felt the same – for a long time they dared not applaud, and then broke the inner tension with great waves of rejoicing. The substantial Philharmonia Chorus from London, a top class quartet of soloists, and the orchestra on splendid form roused overwhelming emotions.

Die Welt
19 January 2017

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Beethoven - Missa Solemnis
Orquesta de Valencia conducted by Yaron Traub
Iturbi Hall, Palau de la Música, Valencia, 3 December 2016
5 / 12 / 2016

The splendid Philharmonia Chorus marked the highest points of the night. It is precisely the choral component that is the most essential part of the work, here remarkably performed by the 110 voices of the celebrated London chorus, prepared by its director the great Stefan Bevier. They were, by far, the best thing of the concert. All their interventions moved in excellence. From the brilliant Kyrie and Gloria to the internalized and finely tuned Agnus Dei, which closes the great Beethovenian Mass, or to the ardent Credo in unum Deum, the British chorus raised quality and artistry to the highest levels.

The applause increased with deserved clamour whenever the Stefan Bevier raised his exceptional chorus. What a chorus!

Justo Romero, Levante - El Mercantil Valenciano

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Beethoven - Missa Solemnis
Orquesta de Valencia conducted by Yaron Traub
Auditorio de la Diputación, Alicante, 2 December 2016
4 / 12 / 2016

The Israeli director was lucky enough to rise to this occasion with a sensational choir, the Philharmonia Chorus, one of the most prestigious in Europe since the legendary Otto Klemperer, producer Walter Legge and the great Wagnerian choir master Wilhelm Pitz jointly found it in 1957. Prepared for this occasion by its director Stefan Bevier, the other major contributor to this excellent concert, they managed to create a feeling of incessant tension, even in the quietest passages, with which Beethoven wanted to bring the maximum choral expression to his musical ideas.
José Antonio Cantón, El Mundo

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Concerts & Recordings

  • Fri 28 Apr 2017 7:30PM

    Mahler - Symphony No.8

    Special concert marking the 30th Anniversary of the Palau de la Música

    Ricarda Merbeth - soprano
    Julia Novikova - soprano
    Ofelia Sala - soprano
    Theresa Kronthaler - mezzo-soprano
    María Luisa Corbacho - mezzo-soprano
    Nicolai Schukoff - tenor
    José Antonio López - baritone
    Alfredo García - bass

    Escolanía de Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados
    Coro de la Generlitat Valencia
    Orfeó Valencià
    Philharmonia Chorus

    Orquesta de Valencia
    conducted by Yaron Traub

    Iturbi Hall, Palau de la Música, Valencia

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  • Sat 29 Apr 2017 7:30PM

    Mahler - Symphony No.8

    Special concert marking the 30th Anniversary of the Palau de la Música

    Ricarda Merbeth - soprano
    Julia Novikova - soprano
    Ofelia Sala - soprano
    Theresa Kronthaler - mezzo-soprano
    María Luisa Corbacho - mezzo-soprano
    Nicolai Schukoff - tenor
    José Antonio López - baritone
    Alfredo García - bass

    Escolanía de Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados
    Coro de la Generlitat Valencia
    Orfeó Valencià
    Philharmonia Chorus

    Orquesta de Valencia
    conducted by Yaron Traub

    Iturbi Hall, Palau de la Música, Valencia

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  • Sat 3 Jun 2017 7:30PM

    Grand Opera Gala

    Natasha Jouhl - soprano
    Peter Auty - tenor
    David Kemster - baritone
    Philharmonia Chorus
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    conducted by Stefan Bevier

    Royal Festival Hall, London

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  • Thu 31 Aug 2017 8:00PM

    Music from the English Musical Renaissance

    Vaughan Williams - Te Deum in G
    Wesley - Wash Me Throughly
    Elgar - The Shower
    Wood - Expectans Expectavi
    Parry - My Soul, There is a Country
    Parry - Blest Pair of Sirens

    Parry - I Was Glad
    Parry - Never Weather-beaten Sail
    Stanford - Magnificat in C
    Hollins - Concert Overture in C minor
    Stanford - The Blue Bird
    Stanford - For Lo, I Raise Up
    Wood - O Thou, the Central Orb

    Philharmonia Chorus
    Thomas Frank - organ
    conducted by Stefan Bevier

    2017 Rheingau MusicFestival

    Marktkirche, Wiesbaden

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  • Sat 2 Sep 2017 7:00PM

    Elgar - The Dream of Gerontius

    Elisabeth DeShong - mezzo-soprano
    Brenden Gunnell - tenor
    Markus Eiche - baritone
    Philharmonia Chorus
    Symphoniker Hamburg
    conducted by Martyn Brabbins

    Closing concert of the 2017 Rheingau Festival

    Kloster Eberbach, Eltville am Rhein

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  • Fri 22 Sep 2017 8:00PM

    Ravel - Daphnis et Chloé

    Orchestre National de Lille
    conducted by Alexandre Bloch

    Auditorium du Nouveau Siècle, Lille

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  • Sat 23 Sep 2017 6:30PM

    Ravel - Daphnis et Chloé

    Orchestre national de Lille
    conducted by Alexandre Bloch

    Auditorium du Nouveau Siècle, Lille

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  • Sun 5 Nov 2017 7:30PM

    Walton - Belshazzar's Feast

    Philharmonia Chorus 60th Anniversary Concert

    Roland Wood - baritone
    Philharmonia Chorus
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    conducted by Edward Gardner

    Royal Festival Hall, London

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  • Thu 15 Mar 2018

    Tour to France

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  • Sun 25 Mar 2018 3:00PM

    Brahms - Ein deutsches Requiem

    Elsa Dreisig - soprano
    Michael Kraus - baritone
    Philharmonia Chorus
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    conducted by Karl-Heinz Steffens

    Royal Festival Hall, London

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