The Philharmonia Chorus is delighted to announce that the distinguished conductor Jeffrey Tate CBE has agreed to become the President of the Chorus.
This appointment follows a highly successful performance of Elgar's 'The Dream of Gerontius' in Hamburg's Laeiszhalle with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jeffrey Tate on 16 September.
Jeffrey Tate succeeds the first President of the Philharmonia Chorus, Sir Charles Mackerras, who served with distinction as President for 6 years until his death in 2010.
Jeffrey Tate was himself a member of the Philharmonia Chorus in the mid-1960s when a medical student in London. Of his new appointment he says: 'I feel honoured to be invited to be the President of such a fine chorus'.
On Sunday 16 September the Philharmonia Chorus gave a performance of Elgar's masterpiece The Dream of Gerontius in the beautiful Laeiszhalle in Hamburg - see a rehearsal there above. The Chorus joined Brendan Gunnell, Alice Coote, Kristinn Sigmundsson, and the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Jeffrey Tate. The concert opened the 2012-13 season of the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.
The Philharmonia Chorus took part in two performances of Mahler's Second Symphony with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, at The Anvil, Basingstoke on Friday June 22, and at the Royal Festival Hall on Thursday 28 June. The concert was relayed live on BBC Radio 3, and is available on the BBC iPlayer until 5 July.
The Philharmonia Chorus will be taking part in a concert given by stars of opera, Anna Netrebko, Erwin Schrott and Ramon Vargas with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Claudio Vandelli at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 6 June. The Chorus is proud to be part of this long-anticipated concert, and it promises to be a very exciting evening.
On Easter Saturday 7 April, the Philharmonia Chorus performed Elgar's oratorio The Apostles with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Stephen Cleobury in the Chapel of King's College. The Apostles was the result of a commission from the Birmingham Triennial Festival, and was premiered at that Festival in 1903. The first performance in King's College Chapel was in 1906. This concert formed part of this year's Easter at Kings Festival, and was recorded by BBC Radio 3 for later transmission.
On Sunday 25 March at the Royal Festival Hall, the Philharmonia Chorus took part in a performance of Britten's War Requiem with soprano Nancy Gustafson, tenor Mark Padmore, baritone Matthias Goerne, the Philharmonia Voices, the Tiffin Boys Choir, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. The performance was conducted by Lorin Maazel.