Handel's Messiah in Valencia
On Friday 18 December, the Philharmonia Chorus will take part in a performance of Handel's Messiah in the Iturbi Hall, Palau de la Música, Valencia, with the Orquesta de Valencia conducted by our Chorus Master, Stefan Bevier.
All the soloists are drawn from our Professional Singers Scheme. They are Fleur de Bray (soprano), Claire Barnett-Jones (mezzo-soprano), Gyula Rab (tenor) and Ian Beadle (bass). Harpsichord continuo will be provided by our accompanist, Timothy End.
Chen Reiss Masterclass - 2.30pm, Sunday 4 October
On Sunday October 4 the Philharmonia Chorus presented a Masterclass with acclaimed soprano Chen Reiss at the Bridewell Hall, St Bride Foundation in London.
The Masterclass was devoted to the music of Mozart, and members of the Philharmonia Chorus took part – sopranos Mimi Doulton and Alexandra Stenson, mezzo-sopranos Emma Lewis and Felicity Turner, tenor Oliver Brignall and bass Benjamin Schilperoort.
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.
Mozart - RequiemEnglish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Robin Newton
Royal Festival Hall, London, 25 September 2015 29 / 09 / 2015
The outstanding Philharmonia Chorus sustained his ambition marvelously. Superbly drilled, they were crisp and incisive with the male voices particularly noteworthy. Their position on the upper tiers of the orchestral podium, rather than the vacant choir seats above them, enhanced an already intense interaction with the audience.
Martin Fraenkel, ionarts.blogspot.com
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