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Philharmonia Chorus launches Stimmbildung programme

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Today we are launching our first series of Stimmbildung workshops - classical German voice training, to be given by Chorus Master Stefan Bevier on Wednesday and Thursday evenings in April in central London.

Each workshop will last 30 minutes for up to 6 singers of the same voice type (soprano, alto, tenor, bass). These Stimmbildung workshops are open to all singers, whether or not they are members of the Chorus. This is an important opportunity to experience the German approach to voice training, not readily available in the UK.

If you would like to take part or learn more about it, please e-mail the administrator of the workshops, Brenda Smith Johnson.


Parsifal in Valencia

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The Philharmonia Chorus will take part in a performance of Act 3 of Wagner's Parsifal in the Iturbi Hall, Palau de la Música in Valencia on Saturday 28 March, with soloists Sir John Tomlinson, José Ferrero, and Roman Trekel. The Orquesta de Valencia will be conducted by Yaron Traub.


Brahms and Rossini at King's

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At this year's Easter at King's Festival, the Philharmonia Chorus will take part in performances of Nänie by Brahms, and the Stabat Mater by Rossini. The Chorus will join Rachel Nicholls (soprano), Pamela Helen Stephen (mezzo-soprano), Tom Raskin (tenor) and Henry Waddington (bass), and the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Stephen Cleobury. The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Nänie sets to music the poem by Friedrich Schiller. Brahms composed the piece in 1881, some 12 years after Ein deutches Requiem, in memory of his deceased friend Anselm Feuerbach. It is one of the most beautiful yet rarely performed pieces by Brahms.

An opera composer to his bones, Rossini had decided to retire at the age of only 37. He never wrote another opera, but his irrepressible operatic spirit permeates the few pieces he did go on to compose, none more so than the magnificent Stabat Mater, completed in 1841.

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Recent Reviews

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Bruckner - Te Deum
Oxford Philomusica conducted by Marios Papadopoulos
Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, 29 November 2014
6 / 01 / 2015

The Philharmonia Chorus were on fine form, their separate choral lines clearly etched in the more contrapuntal passages, and the ringing sonority of the upper voices in the bolder homophonic passages matching the blazing ranks of the brass instruments. Almost needless to say, the sopranos’ reaching up to the top C of the final climax was the magnificent apex of a fine performance.....

Curtis Rodgers, www.seenandheardinternational.com
7 December 2014

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Mozart - Requiem
The Orchestra of Classical Opera conducted by Ian Page
Barbican, 8 October 2014
12 / 10 / 2014

Page had assembled a quartet of soloists fit to grace any opera stage; indeed, they invested their solos with a fervour that wouldn’t have been out of place in the opera house. Soprano Sophie Bevan and mezzo Sarah Connolly radiated light while tenor John Mark Ainsley was ardent and bass Darren Jeffery sonorous. Fine as they were, they were outshone by the Philharmonia Chorus, easily outnumbering the orchestral players and at times threatening to blast it from the stage. It sang with a lusty intensity that was at times overwhelming; if heaven wasn’t quite stormed, it wasn’t because of any lack of choral power.

Nick Kimberley, Evening Standard, 9 October 2014

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Mahler - Symphony No.2 'Resurrection'
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Harding
BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London, 29 August 2014
2 / 09 / 2014

The combined Swedish Radio Choir and Philharmonia Chorus was as responsive to the drama of the work as the orchestra. Its first entry was marked with a solemn, sepulchral hush, but still with wonderfully focussed tone quality.
Curtis Rogers - www.classicalsource.co.uk

The Swedish Radio Choir and Philharmonia Chorus were superbly focused, especially in their almost inaudible hushed singing.
Hilary Finch - The Times

The choral singing – from the combined forces of the Swedish Radio Choir and Philharmonia Chorus – was glorious in its warmth and fervour.
Tim Ashley - Guardian

The hushed voices of the Swedish Radio Choir and the Philharmonia Chorus were so well blended that their impact was enhanced: an image of vast panoramas and repose...
Anne Ozorio - http://www.operatoday.com

...the Swedish Radio Choir and Philharmonia Chorus were on fine form; one could have taken dictation from them.
Mark Berry - http://seenandheard-international.com

....the combined forces of the Swedish Radio Choir and the Philharmonia Chorus produced a magical sound, the rich timbre matched with impressively tight control for such a large vocal ensemble.
Jack Johnson - http://bachtrack.com

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Verdi - Messa da Requiem
Orquesta da Valencia conducted by Yaron Traub
Sala Iturbi, Palau de la Música, Valencia, 13 June 2014
17 / 07 / 2014

'The value of such a choir is unquestionable. Many fine choirs have sung at the Palau, but few like this one. The impact made by the interweaving of the one hundred plus voices in the Sanctus, for example – a combination of power and agility – was immediately exceeded by the lesson in clarity and purposefulness of phrasing in the Agnus Dei.'

Alfredo Brotons, Levante - El Mercantil Valenciano
15 June 2014

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Concerts & Recordings

  • Wed 8 Oct 2014 7:30PM

    Haydn - Insanae et vanae curae Mozart - Requiem

    Sophie Bevan - soprano
    Sarah Connolly - mezzo soprano
    John Mark Ainsley - tenor
    Darren Jeffrey - bass
    Philharmonia Chorus
    The Orchestra of Classical Opera
    conducted by Ian Page

    Barbican Hall, London

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  • Sat 29 Nov 2014 8:00PM

    Bruckner - Te Deum

    Hye-Youn Lee - soprano
    Katharine Goeldner - mezzo-soprano
    Thomas Hobbs - tenor
    Darren Jeffrey - bass
    Philharmonia Chorus
    Oxford Philomusica
    Philharmonia Chorus
    conducted by Marios Papadopoulos

    The Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

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  • Wed 17 Dec 2014 7:30PM

    Christmas with King's College, Cambridge

    Susana Gaspar - soprano
    Ben McAteer - baritone
    Choir of King's College, Cambridge
    Philharmonia Chorus
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    conducted by Stephen Cleobury

    Royal Albert Hall,London

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  • Tue 13 Jan 2015 8:00PM

    Beethoven - Symphony No.9 'Choral'

    Natalya Romaniw - soprano
    Anne-Marie Owens - mezzo soprano
    Robert Murray - tenor
    Willard White - bass
    Philharmonia Chorus
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    conducted by Michael Collins

    A charity concert in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK
    Recorded for broadcast by Classic FM on 20 January

    Royal Festival Hall, London

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  • Sun 15 Mar 2015 6:00PM

    Verdi - Messa di Requiem

    Sumi Hwang - soprano
    Fredrika Brillembourg - mezzo-soprano
    César Guttiérez - tenor
    Carlo Malinverno - bass
    Philharmonia Chorus
    Oxford Philomusica
    conducted by Marios Papadopoulos

    Memorial concert for Sir Ronald Grierson

    Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

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  • Sat 28 Mar 2015 7:30PM

    Wagner - Act III of Parsifal

    José Ferrero - tenor
    Sir John Tomlinson - bass
    Roman Trekel - baritone
    Philharmonia Chorus
    Orquesta de Valencia
    conducted by Yaron Traub

    Iturbi Hall, Palau de la Música, Valencia

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  • Wed 1 Apr 2015 7:30PM

    Easter at King's
    Brahms - Nänie
    Rossini - Stabat Mater

    Rachel Nichols - soprano
    Pamela Helen Stephen - mezzo-soprano
    Tom Raskin - tenor
    Henry Waddington - bass
    Philharmonia Chorus
    BBC Concert Orchestra
    conducted by Stephen Cleobury

    2015 Easter at King's Festival
    BBC Radio 3 live relay

    Chapel of King's College, Cambridge

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  • Fri 29 May 2015 7:30PM

    Symphony No.2 'Resurrection' - Mahler

    Emöke Barath, soprano
    Nathalie Stutzmann, mezzo-soprano
    Philharmonia Chorus
    Orquesta de Valencia
    conducted by Yaron Traub

    Iturbi Hall, Palau de la Música, Valencia

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  • Sat 30 May 2015 7:30PM

    Symphony No.2 'Resurrection' - Mahler

    Auditorio de la Diputación,  Alicante

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  • Fri 25 Sep 2015 7:30PM

    Mozart - Requiem

    Stephanie Edwards -soprano
    Katie Bray -mezzo soprano
    Andrew Dickinson -tenor
    Matthew Stiff -bass
    Philharmonia Chorus
    English Chamber Orchestra
    conducted by Robin Newton

    Royal Festival Hall

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