On 7 January the Philharmonia Chorus recorded Mahler's Second Symphony with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Zander, with soloists Mia Persson and Sarah Connolly at the Watford Colosseum. This is the latest of a series of recordings that Benjamin Zander is undertaking with the Philharmonia Orchestra of all the Mahler symphonies with Telarc, and is expected to be available later this year.
This Christmas the Philharmonia Chorus was at the Royal Albert Hall on 20 December with the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Choir of King's College, Cambridge under the baton of Stephen Cleobury. The Chorus performed the celebratory Te Deum by Dvorak, with the carols that have made the Choir of King's College, Cambridge associated with Christmas worldwide.
The Philharmonia Chorus performed Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Gianandrea Noseda on Friday 4 November in the Royal Festival Hall. You can listen to the whole performance by clicking on 'Listen' above.
The concert was dedicated to Sir Charles Mackerras, who was President of the Chorus, and Conductor Emeritus of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Sir Charles Mackerras had a tremendous impact on the musical life of this country, and there were many great performances under his baton. The Chorus was immensely proud to have him as its President. This concert was a tribute to his memory.
The Philharmonia Orchestra's Mahler cycle reached its culmination on Sunday October 9 with a performance of the mighty Symphony No.8, 'Symphony of a Thousand' under Lorin Maazel at the Royal Festival Hall.
In this performance, Choir 1 was be sung by the BBC Symphony Chorus and the Philharmonia Voices. The Philharmonia Chorus, who were being prepared by their Chorus Master Stefan Bevier, was Choir 2. The performance was recorded for the Philharmonia Orchestra's own label.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to welcoming you!
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.