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Philharmonia Orchestra

 The Philharmonia Orchestra, founded in 1945, is a world-class symphony orchestra for the 21st century.

Led by its Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Philharmonia performs 40 concerts a year at Southbank Centre, on Thursdays and Sundays, accompanied by free performances and talks.  

The Philharmonia has a pioneering approach to the role of the modern-day orchestra, reaching new audiences and participants through audience development, digital technology and creative learning programmes.

Find music to thrill, challenge or inspire you, from the great symphonies of Beethoven and Tchaikovsky to thought-provoking new works by Unsuk Chin, Peter Eötvös.

...a typically Philharmonia programme – a mixture of the familiar and the strange, the comforting and the unsettling that was totally satisfying, both in concept and ecstatic execution
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Watch the conductor introduce the Philharmonia’s 2018/19 season in this short video.
Watch the violinist describe how the conductor shaped his early music career
Discover the turbulent relationship between Sergei Prokofiev and the Soviet regime
See the Finnish violinist discuss the composer’s First Violin Concerto in this video
Read an enlightening interview with the celebrated South Korean composer
Watch this illuminating video interview with the celebrated Korean composer
Why are conductors are so drawn to the music of Gustav Mahler? Find out in this short video interview
The legendary Finnish composer and conductor reveals his thoughts on Mahler’s First Symphony and the passage of time
See the greatest actress of the Golden Age of Hollywood in a screening accompanied by live orchestra.
See the composer discuss the challenges of conducting Mahler's final work
Listen to a pre-concert talk discussing the significance of the 1925 film
Introducing the Philharmonia Orchestra‘s Principal Guest Conductor
The Philharmonia Orchestra’s Principal Conductor introduces Mahler’s 3rd Symphony

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7:30 pm
Thu 28 Jun 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 28 Jun 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Salonen conducts Schoenberg's operatic tale of love and jealousy.
Salonen conducts Schoenberg's operatic tale of love and jealousy.

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6:00 pm
Thu 27 Sep 2018
6:00 pm | Thu 27 Sep 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Hear two contemporary vocal works with connections to Schoenberg's masterpiece, Erwartung
Hear two contemporary vocal works with connections to Schoenberg's masterpiece, Erwartung

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7:30 pm
Thu 27 Sep 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 27 Sep 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Glorious melodies and vivid orchestral colours open the Philharmonia’s 2018/19 season
Glorious melodies and vivid orchestral colours open the Philharmonia’s 2018/19 season
HSKUL 20160913 Esa-Pekka Salonen harjoituttaa Kevätuhria . Kuva Mika Ranta / HS

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7:30 pm
Sun 30 Sep 2018
7:30 pm | Sun 30 Sep 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Wagner, Schoenberg and Bruckner at their most heartfelt
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Wagner, Schoenberg and Bruckner at their most heartfelt
7:30 pm
Thu 25 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 25 Oct 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Brian Tyler conducts the Philharmonia in some of his most famous Hollywood scores
Brian Tyler conducts the Philharmonia in some of his most famous Hollywood scores

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3:00 pm
Sun 28 Oct 2018
3:00 pm | Sun 28 Oct 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
The charismatic Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare conducts a pair of Romantic classics
The charismatic Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare conducts a pair of Romantic classics
Ed Gardner OBE..Photographed at the ENO, London 5 September 2012..Joint commission: ENO, Askonas Holt and Chandos..Benjamin Ealovega Photography.benjaminealovega.com..

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7:30 pm
Thu 01 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 01 Nov 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Meet the composer-as-hero Richard Strauss, and hear Leif Ove Andsnes in Brahms’ First Piano Concert
Meet the composer-as-hero Richard Strauss, and hear Leif Ove Andsnes in Brahms’ First Piano...
Lahav Shahani.Conductor-pianist.Photo: Marco Borggreve

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3:00 pm
Sun 04 Nov 2018
3:00 pm | Sun 04 Nov 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Experience two undisputed masterpieces in the hands of one of today’s most exciting young conductors
Experience two undisputed masterpieces in the hands of one of today’s most exciting young...

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6:00 pm
Thu 15 Nov 2018
6:00 pm | Thu 15 Nov 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Discover the music of composer Franco Donatoni, a contemporary of Luciano Berio
Discover the music of composer Franco Donatoni, a contemporary of Luciano Berio

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7:30 pm
Thu 15 Nov 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 15 Nov 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
John Wilson conducts the Philharmonia in a jazz-infused transatlantic journey
John Wilson conducts the Philharmonia in a jazz-infused transatlantic journey

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The Philharmonia Orchestra was founded in London in 1945 and has been Resident at Southbank Centre since 1995. It performs 35 concerts here every season, as well as touring extensively across the UK and internationally, and recording music for films, computer games and commercial CD releases. Throughout its 70-year history, the Orchestra has worked with some of the greatest names in classical music, including Richard Strauss, Herbert von Karajan, Igor Stravinsky and contemporary stars Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel and Lang Lang, to name just a very few.

New works by leading composers

Since 2008, Esa-Pekka Salonen has held the post of Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser at the Orchestra, maintaining its tradition of innovation. At the heart of its programming policy is a commitment to performing and commissioning new works by leading composers, among them the Artistic Director of its Music of Today series, Unsuk Chin. Throughout its history the Philharmonia Orchestra has commissioned more than 100 works from composers including Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Mark-Anthony Turnage and James MacMillan. The Orchestra supports talented young musicians with the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and an annual Orchestral Award. It is also pioneers new technology, most recently working on projects including the iOrchestra, which attracted 100,000 participants, and an iPad app, The Orchestra.

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Love, murder and a platoon of ghostly knights – get to know Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder in one minute
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Watch the violinist describe how the conductor shaped his early music career

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