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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
The independent

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2017/18 season: Sep 2017 - Jul 2018
2018/19 season: Sep 2018 - Jul 2019

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7:30 pm
Thu 01 Mar 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 01 Mar 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Mark the Year of the Dog with conductor Long Yu’s Chinese New Year Celebration concert
Mark the Year of the Dog with conductor Long Yu’s Chinese New Year Celebration concert
7:30 pm
Sun 04 Mar 2018
7:30 pm | Sun 04 Mar 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Carl Davis conducts his own scores for two gems of Hollywood’s silent era
Carl Davis conducts his own scores for two gems of Hollywood’s silent era

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7:30 pm
Thu 22 Mar 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 22 Mar 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Discover music of Bolshevik Russia in this Philharmonia concert
Discover music of Bolshevik Russia in this Philharmonia concert
Fotoreportage über die Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz probt in der Philharmonie Ludwigshafen und im Pfalzbau am 1. Junii 2012

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3:00 pm
Sun 25 Mar 2018
3:00 pm | Sun 25 Mar 2018
Classical music
Choral
Brahms’ consoling Requiem is the centrepiece of this Philharmonia concert
Brahms’ consoling Requiem is the centrepiece of this Philharmonia concert

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Thu 12 Apr 2018
6:00 pm | Thu 12 Apr 2018
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Hear the influential and engaging works made by a defiant young Brahms
Hear the influential and engaging works made by a defiant young Brahms
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the Verbier Festival Orchestra at the Verbier Festival 2015. Photo by Nicolas Brodard.

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7:30 pm
Thu 12 Apr 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 12 Apr 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia perform Mahler’s First Symphony
Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia perform Mahler’s First Symphony

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Sun 15 Apr 2018
6:00 pm | Sun 15 Apr 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
The first major UK showcase of original music from the Slovenian composer
The first major UK showcase of original music from the Slovenian composer
Unsuk Chin, Berlin, den 12.05.2014.

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7:30 pm
Sun 15 Apr 2018
7:30 pm | Sun 15 Apr 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
The Philharmonia performs an inspiring new orchestral work by Unsuk Chin
The Philharmonia performs an inspiring new orchestral work by Unsuk Chin
7:00 pm
Sat 28 Apr 2018
7:00 pm | Sat 28 Apr 2018
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
As Kubrick’s sci-fi masterpiece turns 50, mark the occasion in a film screening with live soundtrack
As Kubrick’s sci-fi masterpiece turns 50, mark the occasion in a film screening with live...
1:00 pm
Sun 29 Apr 2018
1:00 pm | Sun 29 Apr 2018
Classical music
Delve into the impact and legacy of the 1917 Russian Revolution in talks, films and live music
Delve into the impact and legacy of the 1917 Russian Revolution in talks, films and live music

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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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See the composer discuss the challenges of conducting Mahler's final work
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Introducing the Philharmonia Orchestra‘s Principal Guest Conductor

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