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Grand Opera Gala

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On Saturday 3 June at the Royal Festival Hall, London, the Philharmonia Chorus will take part in a Grand Opera Gala with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Stefan Bevier, Chorus Master of the Philharmonia Chorus.

The Chorus will be performing masterpieces from the world of opera, including Wach Auf! from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Entry of the Guests from Tannhäuser, the Anvil Chorus from Il Trovatore, the Grand March from Aida and the Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana.


Mahler 8 in Valencia - 30th Anniversary of the Palau de la Música

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On Friday 28 and Saturday 29 April the Philharmonia Chorus took part in two performances of Mahler's Symphony No.8 in the Palau de la Música in Valencia. The Philharmonia Chorus sang Chorus 2, and Chorus 1 was sung by the Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana and the Orfeó Valencià.

The choruses joined sopranos Ricarda Merbeth, Julia Novikova and Ofelia Sala, mezzo-sopranos Theresa Kronthaler and María Luisa Corbacho, tenor Nicolai Schukoff, baritone Jose Antonion López, bass Alfredo García, the Escolanía de Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados, and the Orquesta de Valencia. The performances were conducted by Yaron Traub.

The Philharmonia Chorus was proud to be taking part in these special concerts commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Palau de la Música.


Ein deutsches Requiem in Cambridge

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On Good Friday 14 April, the Philharmonia Chorus took part in a performance of Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem in the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge.

The Chorus was joined by soprano Sarah-Jane Brandon and baritone Simon Keenlyside, and the BBC Concert Orchestra wasl be conducted by Stephen Cleobury. The concert formed part of the 2017 Easter at King's Festival.

The performance was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and in other European countries by the European Broadcasting Union, and can be heard on the BBC Radio 3 website until 11 May.

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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 2018
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

  • Sat 18 Mar 2017 7:30PM

    Beethoven - Symphony No.9 'Choral'

    Rebecca Evans - soprano
    Patricia Bardon - mezzo-soprano
    Robert Murray - tenor
    Derek Welton - baritone
    Philharmonia Chorus
    Philharmonia Orchestra
    conducted by Benjamin Zander

    Royal Festival Hall, London

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  • Fri 14 Apr 2017 7:30PM

    Brahms - Ein deutsches Requiem

    Sarah-Jane Brandon - soprano
    Simon Keenlyside - baritone
    Philharmonia Chorus
    BBC Concert Orchestra
    conducted by Stephen Cleobury

    Chapel of King's College Cambridge
    Easter at King's Festival

    BBC Radio 3 and European Broadcasting Union live relay

    Chapel of King's College Cambridge

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  • 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

    Philharmonia Chorus
    Thomas Frank - organ
    conducted by Stefan Bevier

    2017 Rheingau Festival

    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
    Hamburger Symphoniker
    conducted by Sir Jeffrey Tate

    Closing concert of the 2017 Rheingau Festival

    Kloster Eberbach, Eltville am Rhein

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  • Thu 21 Sep 2017

    Tour to France

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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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  • 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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