On Thursday 13 October and Friday 14 October, the Philharmonia Chorus took part in two performances of Mozart's Mass in C minor in the Auditorium du Nouveau Siècle in Lille. The Chorus joined sopranos Lydia Teuscher and Ruby Hughes, tenor Andrew Tortise and baritone Andreas Wolf. The Orchestre National de Lille was conducted by Jan Willem de Vriend.
The event was recorded by France's Radio Classique, and can be seen on the Orchestre National de Lille's You Tube channel here.
On Thursday 26 May, sixty years after its premiere in Coventry, the Philharmonia Chorus joined soprano Lyubov Petrova, tenor Andrew Staples, baritone Dietrich Henschel, the Temple Church Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a performance of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall. Vasily Petrenko conducted. All proceeds from the performance were donated to the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
On Wednesday 8 June the Philharmonia Chorus took part in a performance of Mahler's' Second Symphony at the Royal Festival Hall with soprano Mari Eriksmoen, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. The performance was conducted by Santtu-Matias Rouvali, and was broadcast live by BBC Radio 3.
Jack Lee, who has been a member of the Philharmonia Chorus Student Scheme since 2017, has accepted an invitation to join the highly prestigious Young Artist Programme of the Wiener Staatsoper in September. A recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Jack has taken part in many concerts with the Chorus over the past few years, and took part in the Chorus's Masterclass on Handel with Ann Murray DBE in 2018. We wish him every success in Vienna.
On Good Friday, 15 April, the Philharmonia Chorus took part in a performance of Mozart's Mass in C minor, K427 in the Chapel of King's College Cambridge. The Chorus joined sopranos Carolyn Sampson and Ruby Hughes, tenor Daniel Norman, bass David Shipley, and the BBC Concert Orchestra. The performance was conducted by Daniel Hyde, and the concert formed part of the Easter at King's Festival.
The concert was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
The Philharmonia Chorus took part in the culmination of the Orchestre National de Lille's 2019 Mahler cycle with two performances of the mighty Eighth Symphony in the Auditorium du Nouveau Siècle, Lille on 20 and 21 November. The Chorus joined sopranos Daniela Köhler, Yitian Luan and Elena Gorshunova, mezzo-soprano Michaela Selinger, alto Atala Schöck, tenor Ric Furman, baritone Zsolt Haja, bass Sebastian Pilgrim, the Jeune Choeur des Hauts-de-France, Orchestre National de Lille and the Orchestre de Picardie. The performances were conducted by Alexandre Bloch. The second performance on 21 November was broadcast live on the orchestra's Facebook page.
In the second performance on 21 November, the first soprano part was shared between Daniela Köhler, who had developed some vocal problems, and Eleanor Ross (far right in the photograph), a soprano in the Philharmonia Chorus, who stepped in at extremely short notice to share the part with Daniela.
A short video of the preparation of these performances can be seen on You Tube.
The Philharmonia Chorus has already taken part in the performances of Mahler's Second and Third symphonies in the Orchestre National de Lille 2019 Mahler cycle.