Chen Reiss Masterclass - 2.30pm, Sunday 4 October
At 2.30pm on Sunday October 4 the Philharmonia Chorus will present a Masterclass with acclaimed soprano Chen Reiss at the Bridewell Hall, St Bride's Foundation, at the St Bride's Foundation, which is just off Fleet Street in London.
Chen Reiss is one of the world's most accomplished sopranos. She has performed leading parts at the Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Teatro alla Scala, Semperoper Dresden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg State Opera, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Israeli Opera. On the concert platform she has appeared with many distinguished conductors, and she is also an active lieder singer. Her solo album, Liaisons, won the Diapason d'Or in 2011, and her most recent album Le Rossignol et la Rose with pianist Charles Spencer, has been released by ONYX Classics.
This Masterclass will be devoted to the music of Mozart, and members of the Philharmonia Chorus will be taking part. The event will be free but ticketed. For tickets, please send an email by clicking here.
Last year's event was a great success - one reaction on Twitter was, ''Absolutely great masterclass with ChenReiss and the Philharmonia Chorus. Haven't seen something so interesting in a long time.' .
Mahler 2 in Valencia and Alicante
The Philharmonia Chorus took part in two performances of Mahler's Symphony No.2 'Resurrection', first on Friday 29 May in the Iturbi Hall, Palau de la Música in Valencia, and then in the Auditorio de la Diputación, Alicante on Saturday 30 May with soloists Emöke Barath (soprano) and Nathalie Stutzmann (contralto). The Orquesta de Valencia was conducted by Yaron Traub.
Brahms and Rossini at King's
At this year's Easter at King's Festival, the Philharmonia Chorus took part in performances of Nänie by Brahms, and the Stabat Mater by Rossini. The Chorus was joined Rachel Nicholls (soprano), Pamela Helen Stephen (mezzo-soprano), Tom Raskin (tenor) and Henry Waddington (bass), and the BBC Concert Orchestra was conducted by Stephen Cleobury. The concert was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Bruckner - Te DeumOxford 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
Mozart - RequiemThe 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
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
Verdi - Messa da RequiemOrquesta 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
See and hear the 'Te Decet Hymnus' from this performance - click here.