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.
The Philharmonia Chorus took part in two performances of Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem in Spain with soprano Regine Hangler, baritone José Antonio López, and the Orquesta de Valencia conducted by Yaron Traub.
The first performance was on Friday 22 April in the Iturbi Hall, Palau de la Música, Valencia, and the second on Saturday 23 April in the Auditorio de la Diputación, Alicante.
The performance in Valencia was recorded by Radio Clásica for future transmission.
On Tuesday 12 April the Philharmonia Chorus took part in a second performance of Mahler's Ressurection Symphony within three weeks, in an unusual period performance with soprano Adriana Kučerová, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Vladimir Jurowski at the Royal Festival Hall.
The Philharmonia Chorus took part in a performance of Act 3 of Wagner's Parsifal in the Iturbi Hall, Palau de la Música in Valencia on Saturday 28 March, with soloists Sir John Tomlinson, José Ferrero, and Roman Trekel. The Orquesta de Valencia was conducted by Yaron Traub.