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

Would you like to sing with the Philharmonia Chorus?

Come to an open rehearsal on Wednesday 21 September at Gandhi Hall, Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London, W1T 6AQ, on the corner of Fitzroy Street and Grafton Way - nearest tubes are Warren Street and Great Portland Street. The rehearsal will start at 6.30pm, and last until 9pm, with a break at about 8pm.

The rehearsal will be taken by Chorus Master Stefan Bevier. All music will be provided.

Mahler's 8th Symphony is one of the glories of the symphonic choral repertoire. Experience it for yourself! If you have any questions, please e-mail openrehearsal@philharmoniachorus.co.uk.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Philharmonia Chorus at the Proms

The Philharmonia Chorus returned to the Proms this year on 31 August in the customary performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony. The Chorus joined the BBC Symphony Chorus and BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Robertson. The performance was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Charles Spencer 1924 - 2011

The Chorus is greatly saddened to hear of the death on 22 August of Charles Spencer, the first Chairman of the Philharmonia Chorus. He stepped forward at a time of great crisis in 1964 and established a self-governing management structure which remains in place to this day. He led the Chorus during almost two decades of historic performances and celebrated recordings, when it established its international reputation. The sympathy of the Chorus goes out to his widow Germaine and his family.

Golgotha at Cambridge

The Philharmonia Chorus gave a rare performance of Golgotha by Frank Martin at the 2011 'Easter at King's' Festival on Good Friday, 22 April, in the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge. The BBC Concert Orchestra was conducted by Stephen Cleobury.

Golgotha is a large scale, highly dramatic telling of the Passion story that Swiss composer Frank Martin composed in 1945-6. It clearly came directly from the heart, since it was not commissioned. Martin was inspired to write it after coming across a Rembrandt etching, 'The Three Crosses'. Scored for five soloists, orchestra, chorus and organ, its 10 movements span over 90 minutes, and are vividly theatrical. It was performed in the original French.

The performance was attended by Mme Marie Martin, the composer's widow, and was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Philharmonia Chorus gives the UK première of Ryu's Sinfonia da Requiem

The Philharmonia Chorus took part in the UK première of Jeajoon Ryu's Sinfonia da Requiem with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Grzegorz Nowak at London's Cadogan Hall on April 12.

Composed to commemorate the late Ju-yung Chung, founder of Hyundai, Jeajoon Ryu's intense and powerful Sinfonia da Requiem was given an extended standing ovation at its world première at the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw in 2008. It was later recorded, and is available on the Naxos label. A review of the CD said that it is easy to see what the fuss was about.

Jeajoon Ryu s among today's most exciting orchestral composers. He studied under Krzystof Penderecki in Poland, and this work is certainly influenced by the Eastern European sound world. Composed as a tribute to the survivors who helped rebuild Korea following the Second World War and dedicated to Ju-yung Chung, the founder of Hyundai, the Sinfonia da Requiem is a substantial 45 minute work of four movements sung in Latin, and is scored for soprano, chorus and orchestra. It is a work of searing intensity and magisterial assurance. The soprano in this performance was In-Hye Kim, who took part in the world première and the recording.

The Philharmonia Chorus is proud to have taken part in the UK première of this important work. A recording of the performance can be heard on the Cadogan Hall website.

Christmas with the Choir of King's College, Cambridge

In the climax to our Christmas concert season, we are delighted to be back at the Royal Albert Hall on 20th December with the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Choir of King's College, Cambridge under the baton of Stephen Cleobury. The programme includes the Chorus performing Vivaldi's Gloria, and the Choir of King's College, Cambridge singing a selection of Christmas carols. It's an evening of heart warming Christmas music with plenty of opportunity for the audience to exercise their voices too - the perfect way to get into the festive spirit!