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

Norbert Balatsch

1928 - 2020

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We are greatly saddened to hear of the death at 92 of Norbert Balatsch. While chorus master at both the Vienna State Opera and the Bayreuth Festival, he was appointed to the Chorus in 1975. Over the next five years he prepared the Chorus for over 50 concerts and recordings with some of the most outstanding conductors of the time. During this period the Chorus appeared in concerts and performances of staged opera at the Roman Théâtre Antique in Orange, and the 1979 recording of Mozart's Requiem conducted by Guilini won the 1981 Grammy award for best choral performance. The Chorus flourished under him, and we are both grateful and fortunate to have benefited from his leadership.

Philharmonia Chorus singers appointed ENO Harewood Artists 2019/20

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Three Philharmonia Chorus singers have been appointed to the prestigious ENO Harewood Artists for 2019/20. Each Harewood Artist undertakes a programme of vocal and language training, is coached by experts in their repertoire and is fully supported through auditions for career-building performance opportunities with ENO, around the UK and abroad. Mezzo-soprano Claire Barnett-Jones and tenors William Morgan and John Findon were among the first singers who auditioned for the Philharmonia Chorus Professional Singer Scheme, and have joined the Chorus for many concerts. We congratulate them and wish them well at ENO.

Philharmonia Chorus at the Proms

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On Thursday 8 August 2019, the Philharmonia Chorus made an appearance at the 2019 BBC Proms in performances of Rachmaninov The Bells, and Borodin's Polovtsian Dances in the Royal Albert Hall. The Chorus joined soprano Natalya Romaniw, tenor Oleg Dolgov, baritone Iurii Samoilov, the BBC National Chorus of Wales, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The performance was conducted by Tadaaki Otaka.

Verdi's Messa da Requiem in the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge

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On Good Friday, 19 April 2019 the Chorus took part in a performance of Verdi's Messa da Requiem in the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, conduced by Stephen Cleobury. The Chorus joined soprano Gweneth Ann Rand, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson, tenor Brenden Gunnell, bass James Platt, and the BBC Concert Orchestra. The concert formed part of the 2019 Easter at King's Festival, and was broadcast live by BBC Radio 3.

Mahler's Third Symphony in Lille and Amiens

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On Wednesday 3 April 2019 the Philharmonia Chorus made their second appearance in the Orchestre National de Lille's 2019 Mahler cycle in a performance of the Third Symphony. The Chorus joined mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn and the Choeur Maîtrisien du Conservatoire de Wasquehal, and the performance was conducted by Alexandre Bloch. The performance was broadcast live on the Orchestra's You Tube channel.

The performance was repeated on Thursday 4 April at the Grand Thêatre in the Maison de la Culture, Amiens.

Berlioz Requiem in St Paul's Cathedral

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On Friday 8 March 2019 the Philharmonia Chorus took part in a memorable performance of Berlioz' Grande messe des Morts in St Paul's Cathedral. The Chorus was joined by tenor Michael Spyres, the London Philharmonic Choir, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. The performance was conducted by John Nelson. Medici TV broadcast the performance live, and a DVD was released in November 2019