The Philharmonia Chorus celebrated Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 19 December with the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Choir of King's College, Cambridge under the baton of Stephen Cleobury. The Chorus performed Part One of Bach's Christmas Oratorio, some choruses from Handel's Messiah, Elgar's The Snow, and of course some festive carols. The Chorus was proud to have taken part in this concert with the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, whose Christmas Eve broadcasts from the Chapel of King's College associate them with Christmas all over the world.
Then do come to an open rehearsal on Wednesday 23 October at Gandhi Hall, Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London, W1T 6AQ, on the corner of Fitzroy Street and Grafton Way - nearest tubes are Warren Street and Great Portland Street. The rehearsal is from 6.30 to 9pm, but we suggest that you turn up at 6.15pm to collect your music and say hello.
The rehearsal will be taken by our dynamic German Chorus Master, Stefan Bevier, and we will be rehearsing Poulenc's Gloria and Handel's Coronation Anthem Zadok the Priest.
You are welcome to come to the whole rehearsal, or just part of it - there will be a break at 8pm. We would love to see you in the Grafton Arms afterwards for a drink and a chat to Chorus members.
If this appeals, or if you have any questions, do contact our Personnel Manager Rosslyn Panatti. Or just turn up! We look forward very much to welcoming you.
The Philharmonia Chorus is delighted to announce that the distinguished conductor Jeffrey Tate CBE has agreed to become the President of the Chorus.
This appointment follows a highly successful performance of Elgar's 'The Dream of Gerontius' in Hamburg's Laeiszhalle with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jeffrey Tate on 16 September.
Jeffrey Tate succeeds the first President of the Philharmonia Chorus, Sir Charles Mackerras, who served with distinction as President for 6 years until his death in 2010.
Jeffrey Tate was himself a member of the Philharmonia Chorus in the mid-1960s when a medical student in London. Of his new appointment he says: 'I feel honoured to be invited to be the President of such a fine chorus'.
On Sunday 16 September the Philharmonia Chorus gave a performance of Elgar's masterpiece The Dream of Gerontius in the beautiful Laeiszhalle in Hamburg - see a rehearsal there above. The Chorus joined Brendan Gunnell, Alice Coote, Kristinn Sigmundsson, and the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Jeffrey Tate. The concert opened the 2012-13 season of the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.
The Philharmonia Chorus took part in two performances of Mahler's Second Symphony with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, at The Anvil, Basingstoke on Friday June 22, and at the Royal Festival Hall on Thursday 28 June. The concert was relayed live on BBC Radio 3, and is available on the BBC iPlayer until 5 July.
The Philharmonia Chorus will be taking part in a concert given by stars of opera, Anna Netrebko, Erwin Schrott and Ramon Vargas with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Claudio Vandelli at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 6 June. The Chorus is proud to be part of this long-anticipated concert, and it promises to be a very exciting evening.