Patron: HRH The Prince of Wales
Acting Chorus Master: Gavin Carr
Accompanist: Timothy End
Arts Council England
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    The Dream of Gerontius at King's College, Cambridge

    On Good Friday, 30 March, the Philharmonia Chorus took part in a performance of Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius in the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, with mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge, tenor Brenden Gunnell, and baritone David Stout. The BBC Concert Orchestra was conducted by Christopher Robinson, and the concert was broadcast live by BBC Radio 3.

    The concert was part of the 2018 Easter at King's Festival. The performance can be heard on the BBC iPlayer until 30 April.

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    Poulenc and Rossini in Lille

    On 15 March 2018 the Philharmonia Chorus made its second visit this season to Lille's Auditorium du Nouveau Siècle for performances of Poulenc's Sept répons des ténèbres and Rossini's Stabat Mater with the Orchestre National de Lille. The concert was conducted by our chorus master for this concert, Nicholas Jenkins.

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    Mozart with Itzhak Perlman

    In a rare visit to London, the legendary Itzhak Perlman will conduct the Philharmonia Chorus and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Mozart's Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 6 May. In the first half of the concert, he will conduct Mozart's Symphony No.29. For tickets, click here.

Concerts & Recordings

7:30pm Sunday 6 May 2018

Mozart - Requiem

Ailish Tynan - soprano
Mezzo-soprano - TBC
Luis Gomez - tenor
Bass - TBC

Philharmonia Chorus
Chorus Master - Gavin Carr

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
conducted by Itzhak Perlman

Royal Festival Hall, London

7:00pm Saturday 30 June 2018

Haydn - The Creation

Mary Beavan - soprano
James Oxley - tenor
Benjamin Beavan - baritone

Philharmonia Chorus
Chorus Master - Gavin Carr

Bath Philharmonia
conducted by Jason Thornton

Bath Abbey

7:30pm Friday 2 November 2018

Amadeus Live!

A showing of the Milos Forman film Amadeus with live music

Philharmonia Chorus

Academy of St Martin in the Fields
conducted by Ludwig Wicki

Royal Albert Hall, London

2:00pm Friday 21 December 2018

Handel - Messiah

Anna Devin - soprano
Anna Harvey - mezzo-soprano
Nick Pritchard - tenor
Benjamin Appl - bass

Philharmonia Chorus

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
conducted by Maxim Emelyanchev

Royal Albert Hall, London

7:30pm Friday 21 December 2018

Handel - Messiah

Anna Devin - soprano
Anna Harvey - mezzo-soprano
Nick Pritchard - tenor
Benjamin Appl - bass

Philharmonia Chorus

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
conducted by Maxim Emelyanchev

Royal Albert Hall, London

Recent Reviews

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Brahms - Ein deutsches Requiem
Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Karl-Heinz Steffens
Royal Festival Hall, London, 25 March 2018


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The Philharmonia Chorus had been superbly prepared by Gavin Carr and delivered a clear, lean sound with faultless intonation. There wasn't a hint of strain to the heftier contrapuntal passages and the text was projected with admirable directness.
Peter Reed, www.classicalsource.com, 26 March 2018

First and foremost, my praise goes to the chorus – and chorus master Gavin Carr – for their outstanding singing. It was one of the best choral singing of the Brahms Requiem I've heard. They sang with a perfect balance of compassion, warmth and clarity of text, and the fugal sections were executed with precision and conviction. Stefan Bevier would have been very proud. Five stars.
Nahoko Gotoh, https//bachtrack.com, 29 March 2018

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Walton - Belshazzar's Feast
Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner
Royal Festival Hall, London, 5 November 2017


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The surtitles were not entirely necessary, as virtually every word could be heard from this wonderful body of singers.
Robert Matthew-Walker, www.classicalsource.com, 6 November 2017

The Chorus is celebrating its sixtieth anniversary this season: the original 1957 body of singers set new standards in its day, and on this evidence standards are again very high under the leadership of the current Chorus Master Stefan Bevier. The quality of singing in Belshazzar's Feast was in fact wonderfully high, both technically and in terms of tone quality.
Alan Sanders, www.seenandheard-international.com, 6 November 2017

The choir rewarded Gardner with with singing as poetic in By the Waters of Babylon as it was punchy in the terrifying cry of 'Slain'.
Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, 19 November 2017

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Elgar - The Dream of Gerontius
Symphoniker Hamburg conducted by Paul McCreesh
Kloster Eberbach, Eltville, 2 September 2017


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The Philharmonia Chorus was the star of the evening. The chorus of around a hundred men's and women's voices pulled out all the stops, sounding now celestially transported, now devilishly sinister. The top symphony chorus from London, guests for the first time at the Rheingau Music Festival, gave us goose pimples with their piano and their forte had powerfully resonating energy. Together with the orchestra they created an unparalleled apotheosis of sound. Long, refreshing applause from the enthusiastic audience.
Manfred Mertz, Gießener Allgemeine Zeitung, 3 September 2017

Supremely good were the Symphoniker Hamburg and the powerful Philharmonia Chorus from London.
Bernhard Uske, Frankfurter Rundschau, 9 September 2017

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Music from the English Musical Renaissance
Marktkirche, Wiesbaden, 31 August 2017


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'...Vaughan Williams' Te Deum set the direction towards total vocal magnificence'.
Axel Zibulski, Wiesbaden Kurier, 2 September 2017

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


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...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


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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 great Philharmonia Chorus from London, a top class quartet of soloists, and the orchestra on splendid form roused overwhelming emotions.

www.welt.de, 19 January 2017