Patron: His Majesty King Charles III
Chorus Master: Gavin Carr
Accompanist: Timothy End
Arts Council England

Sir Jeffrey Tate
1943 - 2017

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We are immensely saddened to hear of the death of the Chorus's President, Sir Jeffrey Tate. Sir Jeffrey sang as a member of the Philharmonia Chorus when he was a student in London in the 1960s. He had a long and distinguished career as both a symphonic and opera conductor, appearing in all the major opera houses of the world. Earlier this year, in the opening festival of Hamburg's new Elbphilharmonie, we were honoured to be conducted by Sir Jeffrey in a performance of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, a work he had first encountered in the Chorus under the baton of Otto Klemperer. The Philharmonia Chorus has lost its President, and a great friend.

Ein deutsches Requiem in Cambridge

On Good Friday 14 April, the Philharmonia Chorus took part in a performance of Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem in the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge. The Chorus was joined by soprano Sarah-Jane Brandon and baritone Simon Keenlyside, and the BBC Concert Orchestra wasl be conducted by Stephen Cleobury. The concert formed part of the 2017 Easter at King's Festival. The performance was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and in other European countries by the European Broadcasting Union, and can be heard on the BBC Radio 3 website until 11 May.

Mahler 8 in Valencia - 30th Anniversary of the Palau de la Música

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On Friday 28 and Saturday 29 April the Philharmonia Chorus took part in two performances of Mahler's Symphony No.8 in the Palau de la Música in Valencia. The Philharmonia Chorus sang Chorus 2, and Chorus 1 was sung by the Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana and the Orfeó Valencià.

The choruses joined sopranos Ricarda Merbeth, Julia Novikova and Ofelia Sala, mezzo-sopranos Theresa Kronthaler and María Luisa Corbacho, tenor Nicolai Schukoff, baritone Jose Antonion López, bass Alfredo García, the Escolanía de Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados, and the Orquesta de Valencia. The performances were conducted by Yaron Traub.

The Philharmonia Chorus was proud to be taking part in these special concerts commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Palau de la Música.

Beethoven 9 with Benjamin Zander

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On Saturday 18 March the Philharmonia Chorus took part in a performance of Beethoven's Symphony No.9 'Choral' at the Royal Festival Hall, London. The Chorus joined soprano Rebecca Evans, mezzo-soprano Patricia Bardon, tenor Robert Murray and bass Derek Welton. The Philharmonia Orchestra was be conducted by Benjamin Zander.

This concert followed a studio recording of Beethoven's 9th Symphony at Watford Colosseum on Saturday 11 March.

This recording and performance was the culmination of many years of exploration by Benjamin Zander of the right tempi for Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Musicologist Stewart Young's commentary on recording process and performance is here.

Missa Solemnis in the Elbphilharmonie

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The Philharmonia Chorus was proud to have taken part in the opening festival of Hamburg's new concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie. On Tuesday 17 January, the Chorus joined soprano Camilla Nylund, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, tenor Klaus Florian Vogt and bass Luca Pisaroni in a performance of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis. The Hamburger Symphoniker was conducted by Sir Jeffrey Tate. The Chorus is shown above performing in the Elbphilharmonie, in a photograph taken by J Konrad Schmidt. German TV coverage of the rehearsal in the Elbphilharmonie can be seen here The Elbphilharmonie, designed by Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, is in the Hafen City quarter of Hamburg, and it sits on top of an old warehouse building, with spectacular views of the harbour. You can see what a spectacular hall the Elbphilharmonie is here.

Christmas with the Choir of King's College, Cambridge

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The Philharmonia Chorus entered the Christmas spirit with a concert at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday 16th December with the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Choir of King's College, Cambridge. under the baton of Stephen Cleobury. The Chorus took part in performance's of John Rutter's Gloria, Harold Darke's In the Bleak Midwinter, and John Gardner's Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day. There were of course be the usual festive carols!