Patron: HRH The Prince of Wales
Chorus Master: Gavin Carr
Accompanist: Timothy End
Arts Council England

Concerts & Recordings 1963

7:30pm Tuesday 15 January 1963

Busoni - Piano Concerto

Royal Festival Hall, London

John Ogdon - piano

Philharmonia Chorus
Chorus Master - Wilhelm Pitz

Philharmonia Orchestra
conducted by Meredith Davies

7:30pm Sunday 24 March 1963

Elgar - The Dream of Gerontius

Royal Festival Hall, London

Anna Reynolds - mezzo soprano
Ronald Dowd - tenor
Donald Bell - bass

Philharmonia Chorus
Chorus Master - Wilhelm Pitz

Philharmonia Orchestra
conducted by Sir John Barbirolli


7:30pm Wednesday 24 April 1963

Beethoven - Symphony No.9 'Choral'

Royal Festival Hall, London

Gundula Janowitz - soprano
Hilde Rössl-Majdan - mezzo soprano
Anton Dermota - tenor
Otto Wiener - bass

Philharmonia Chorus
Chorus Master - Wilhelm Pitz

Wiener Philharmoniker
conducted by Herbert von Karajan

Royal Philharmonie Society 150th Anniversary Concert

7:30pm Sunday 19 May 1963

Britten - Spring Symphony

Royal Festival Hall, London

Heather Harper - soprano
Janet Baker - mezzo soprano
Peter Pears - tenor

The Choir of Ealing Grammar School for Boys
Chorus Master - John Railton

Philharmonia Chorus
Chorus Master - Wilhelm Pitz

Philharmonia Orchestra
conducted by Benjamin Britten


7:30pm Sunday 23 June 1963

Verdi - Messa da Requiem

Royal Festival Hall, London

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - soprano
Christa Ludwig - mezzo soprano
Nicolai Gedda - tenor
Nicolai Ghiaurov - bass

Philharmonia Chorus
Chorus Master - Wilhelm Pitz

Philharmonia Orchestra
conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini

7:30pm Monday 5 August 1963

Verdi - Messa da Requiem

Royal Albert Hall, London

Amy Shuard - soprano
Anna Reynolds - mezzo soprano
Richard Lewis - tenor
David Ward - bass

Philharmonia Chorus
Chorus Master - Wilhelm Pitz

Philharmonia Orchestra
conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini

BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concert commemorating the 150th anniversary of Verdi's birth

BBC Third Programme live relay

Recording subsequently issued on the BBC Legends

Monday 16 September 1963

Verdi - Messa da Requiem

Kingsway Hall, London

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - soprano
Christa Ludwig - mezzo soprano
Nicolai Gedda - Tenor
Nicolai Ghiaurov - bass

Philharmonia Chorus
Chorus Master - Wilhelm Pitz

Philharmonia Orchestra
conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini

Further recording sessions held on 17 - 27 September 1963 and 7 April 1964

Recording Producer - Walter Legge

Recording Engineer - Neville Boyling

Recorded by EMI

9:00pm Saturday 5 October 1963

Verdi - Quattro Pezzi Sacri

Teatro Regio, Parma

Philharmonia Chorus
Chorus Master - Wilhelm Pitz

Philharmonia Orchestra
conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini

Gala concerts to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Guiseppe Verdi

9:00pm Sunday 6 October 1963

Verdi - Messa da Requiem

Teatro Regio, Parma

Luisa Maragliano - soprano
Oralia Dominguez - mezzo soprano
Flaviano Labò - tenor
Raffaele Arié - bass

Philharmonia Chorus
Chorus Master - Wilhelm Pitz

Philharmonia Orchestra
conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini

Gala concerts to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Guiseppe Verdi

7:30pm Monday 28 October 1963

Beethoven - Missa Solemnis

Royal Festival Hall, London

Elisabeth Söderström - soprano
Marga Höffgen - mezzo-soprano
Ernst Haefliger - tenor
Gottlob Frick - bass

Philharmonia Chorus
Chorus Master - Wilhelm Pitz

Philharmonia Orchestra
conducted by Otto Klemperer

BBC Third Programme live relay

Recording subsequently issued by Testament

7:30pm Monday 2 December 1963

Beethoven - Symphony No.9 'Choral'

Royal Festival Hall, London

Gundula Janowitz - soprano
Marga Höffgen - mezzo-soprano
Donald Grobe - tenor
Hans Hotter - bass

Philharmonia Chorus
Chorus Master - Wilhelm Pitz

Philharmonia Chorus
conducted by Otto Klemperer

7:30pm Thursday 19 December 1963

Mahler - Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Royal Festival Hall, London

Heather Harper - soprano
Janet Baker - mezzo-soprano

Philharmonia Chorus
Chorus Master - Wilhelm Pitz

Philharmonia Orchestra
conducted by Otto Klemperer

BBC Third Programme live relay

Recording subsequently issued on Testament