The Philharmonia Chorus was delighted to hear that Jeffrey Tate was knighted in the New Year's Honours for services to music overseas. Jeffrey Tate is one of the most renowned and versatile conductors of his generation, and has conducted all the major orchestras in the world.
He has twice received the prestigious Italian Music Critic Prize, the Premio Franco Abbiati, and has been awarded a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur and a Chevalier of Arts et Lettres in France. In 1990 he was appointed Commander of the British Empire. Sir Jeffrey became the President of the Philharmonia Chorus in 2012.
The Philharmonia Chorus has taken part in two performances of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis in Spain, with soprano Simona Šaturová, mezzo-soprano Elisabeth Kulman, tenor Sung Min Song, and bass Daniel Kotlinski. The Orquesta de Valencia was conducted by Yaron Traub.
The first performance took place on Friday 2 December in the Auditorio de la Diputación, Alicante, and the second on Saturday 3 December in the Iturbi Hall, Palau de la Música in Valencia.
The Philharmonia Chorus took part in the world premiere of Amadeus Live! at the Royal Albert Hall at 7pm on Friday 14 October, with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the orchestra that recorded the original soundtrack, conducted by Ludwig Wicki. This performance marked the beginning of a world tour.
Amadeus (1984), directed by Miloš Forman and written by Sir Peter Shaffer, tells the scintillating story of the rivalry between vindictive composer Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham), and petulant genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce). The film was named one of the American Film Institute's best 100 movies of the century, and remains one of the most beloved movies of all time.
You can hear Sir Neville Marriner, Simon Callow and Ludwig Wicki talk about the music and the making of Amadeus here.
On Friday June 17 at the Cadogan Hall, the Philharmonia Chorus took part in the final concert of Classical Opera's London season, in their first ever performance of Mozart's complex masterpiece. A thrilling international cast was headed by the exceptional South African baritone Jacques Imbrailo as Don Giovanni.
On Tuesday 31 May at the Royal Festival Hall, the Philharmonia Chorus took part in a performance of Carl Orff's thrilling choral masterpiece Carmina Burana, with soprano Erin Wall, tenor Nicholas Phan, and baritone Rodion Possogov, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by principal conductor Charles Dutoit.