Patron: HRH The Prince of Wales
Chorus Master: Gavin Carr
Accompanist: Timothy End
Arts Council England
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    Handel Masterclass with Ann Murray

    The 2018 Philharmonia Chorus Masterclass will take place from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday 1 December at the Bridewell Hall, St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 8EQ. The Masterclass will be devoted to the music of Handel, and members of the Philharmonia Chorus Student Scheme will take part.

    Ann Murray is one of the world's most accomplished mezzo-sopranos. She has appeared at all the world's leading opera houses, and established close links with English National Opera (for whom she sang the the title roles in Handel's Xerxes and Ariodante), and with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. She has appeared all over the world as both a concert and recital singer, and was a founder member of Graham Johnson's The Songmaker's Almanac. In the 2002 Golden Jubilee Queen's Birthday Honours she was appointed an honorary Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

    The event is free but ticketed. Apply for tickets by sending an email by clicking here.


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    Messiah at Christmas with the Philharmonia Chorus

    On Friday 21 December the Philharmonia Chorus will be taking part in two performances of Handel's Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall. The Chorus will be joining soprano Anna Devin, mezzo-soprano Anna Harvey, tenor Nick Pritchard and bass Benjamin Apple, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by Maxim Emelyanychev.

    For tickets click here.

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    Amadeus Live!

    On Friday 2 November the Philharmonia Chorus took part in a showing of Miloš Forman's 1984 film 'Amadeus', with live music at the Royal Albert Hall. The Chorus took part in the world première in 2016, and this presentation with live music has been shown many times worldwide to great acclaim. The Academy of St Martin in the Fields was conducted by Ludwig Wicki.

Concerts & Recordings

2:00pm Friday 21 December 2018

Handel - Messiah

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

Philharmonia Chorus
Chorus Master - Gavin Carr

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
conducted by Maxim Emelyanychev

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
Chorus Master - Gavin Carr

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
conducted by Maxim Emelyanychev

Royal Albert Hall, London

8:00pm Thursday 28 February 2019

Mahler - Symphony No.2 'Resurrection'

Lisa Larsson - soprano
Christianne Stotijn - mezzo-soprano

Philharmonia Chorus
Chorus Master - Gavin Carr

Orchestre National de Lille
conducted by Alexandre Bloch

Auditorium du Nouveau Siècle, Lille

8:00pm Wednesday 3 April 2019

Mahler - Symphony No.3

Christianne Stotijn - mezzo-soprano

Choeur Maîtrisien du Conservatoire de Wasquehal

Philharmonia Chorus
Chorus Master - Gavin Carr

Orchestre National de Lille
conducted by Alexandre Bloch

Auditorium du Nouveau Siècle, Lille

8:30pm Thursday 4 April 2019

Mahler - Symphony No.3

Christianne Stotijn - mezzo-soprano

Choeur Maîtrisien du Conservatoire de Wasquehal

Philharmonia Chorus
Chorus Master - Gavin Carr

Orchestre National de Lille
conducted by Alexandre Bloch

Grand Théatre, Maison de la Culture, Amiens

Recent Reviews

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Amadeus Live! Academy of St Martin in the Fields conducted by Ludwig Wicki, Royal Albert Hall, London, 2 November 2018


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The Philharmonia Chorus was on top form with a well-judged mixture of power and pathos. In particular, the heartbreaking Lachrimosa from the 'Requiem' was both haunting and sublimely beautiful.
Alija Al-Hassan, www.broadwayworld.com

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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