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.
The Philharmonia Chorus and the Philharmonia Voices performed Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem, a pillar of the choral repertory, under Christoph von Dohnányi and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall on Thursday 16 February. The soloists were Susan Gritton and Thomas Hampson. The Chorus was prepared by Chorus Master, Stefan Bevier. The concert was relayed live on BBC Radio 3.