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

Gladiator Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Gladiator

Ridley Scott's sword and sandals 2000 epic Gladiator was presented four times live in concert for the first time in the UK as Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard's sweeping score was brought to life by the Philharmonia Orchestra [Philharmonia Film Orchestra on Saturday 24 May] and the Philharmonia Chorus conducted by Justin Freer, with Lisa Gerrard appearing as a guest vocalist.

Szymanowski's Stabat Mater in King's College, Cambridge

Apostles

On Good Friday, April 18, the Philharmonia Chorus took part in a performance of Szymanowski's Stabat Mater in Polish in the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, as part of the 2014 Easter at King's Festival, with Polish soloists Aleksandra Zamojska (soprano), Anna Radziejewska (alto), Jarosław Bręk (baritone).

The Chorus also performed the Lacrymosa by Lutosławski in a programme that also includes The Protecting Veil by John Tavener. The BBC Concert Orchestra was conducted by Stephen Cleobury, and the concert was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem in Hamburg

Requiem

On 22 and 23 March, the Philharmonia Chorus took part in two performances of Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem in the Laeiszhalle, Hamburg, with soprano Chen Reiss, baritone Christian Gerhaher, and the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jeffrey Tate. These are some of the reactions on Facebook and Twitter:

'By far the best performance of Brahms I have ever heard. The concert on Sunday was even better than on Saturday. Thank you and see you soon hopefully.'

'Der Chor ist fantastisch.'

'The work has never sounded like this. What a magnificent chorus! '

Listen to the performance given on Sunday 23 March:

I. Selig sind, die da Leid tragen

II. Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras

III. Herr, lehre doch mich

IV. Wie lieblich sind deine Wohungen

V. Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit

VI. Denn wir haben keine bleibende Statt

VII. Selig sind die Toten

Brahms - Ein deutsches Requiem with Andris Nelsons

Andris Nelsons

On Sunday 23 February, the Philharmonia Chorus took part in a performance of Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem with soprano Sally Matthews, baritone James Rutherford and the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons at the Royal Festival Hall, London.

Poulenc and Ravel with Charles Dutoit

Poulenc and Ravel

At the Royal Festival Hall, London on 12 February the Philharmonia Chorus performed a programme of French music with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under their principal conductor, Charles Dutoit.

Soprano Nicole Cabell joined the Chorus for a performance of Poulenc's Gloria, and after the interval the Chorus took part in a complete performance of Ravel's Daphnis and Chloé. The concert was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Christmas with the Choir of King's College, Cambridge

The Philharmonia Chorus was at the Royal Albert Hall again on Tuesday 17 December with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Choir of King's College, Cambridge under the baton of Stephen Cleobury.

The Chorus performed Handel's Coronation Anthem The King Shall Rejoice, Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Bach's Wachet Auf, and of course some festive carols