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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 & Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Philharmonia has a pioneering approach to the role of the modern-day symphony orchestra, reaching new audiences and participants through audience development, digital technology and learning and participation programmes.

The Philharmonia has been resident at Southbank Centre since 1995 and presents a season of over 50 performances each year. Orchestral programming is complemented by series including Philharmonia at the Movies, Music of Today, the Philharmonia Chamber Players and an Insights Talks programme.

Together with its relationships with the world’s most sought-after artists, most importantly its Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Philharmonia is at the heart of British musical life.

The Philharmonia performs more than 160 concerts a year, as well as recording music for films, video games and commercial audio releases. The orchestra has been resident at Southbank Centre since 1995 and performs 40 concerts a year in Royal Festival Hall.

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Various times | 28 Sep 2017 - 1 Oct 2017
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Classical music
Take the best seat in the house for this Philharmonia Orchestra virtual reality experience
7:30 pm | 28 Sep 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra perform Sibelius

Free

9:45 pm | 28 Sep 2017
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
Get a unique perspective on traditional Finnish music with these two performers
3:00 pm | 1 Oct 2017
Classical music
Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia perform Mahler’s Third Symphony, an ode to nature
Composer Michael Daugherty

Free

6:00 pm | 5 Oct 2017
Classical music
Contemporary Classical
Hear the music of Michael Daugherty in this free concert
7:30 pm | 5 Oct 2017
Classical music
Orchestra
Denis Kozhukhin and the Philharmonia perform Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
7:30 pm | 8 Oct 2017
Classical music
Orchestra
Hear the Philharmonia Orchestra perform Smetana’s Má vlast, dedicated to the city of Prague.
7:30 pm | 12 Oct 2017
Classical music
Orchestra
The Philharmonia performs a live soundtrack to the masterpiece Battleship Potemkin
7:30 pm | 19 Oct 2017
Classical music
Orchestra
The Philharmonia performs Rimsky-Korsakov’s magical Scheherazade

Free

6:00 pm | 26 Oct 2017
Classical music
Chamber & Recital
RCM students perform chamber music from the time of the Russian Revolution

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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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Series discounts are available for a number of our selected Philharmonia Orchestra concerts, receiving between 10% - 30% discount depending on the number of concerts being booked. 

To receive your series discount, tickets to all the applicable concerts must be purchased in the same transaction - just add more events to your basket to get the discounts below.

  • Save 10%: Book 3 - 5 Concerts
  • Save 15%: Book 6 - 8 Concerts
  • Save 20%: Book 9 - 11 Concerts
  • Save 25%: Book 12 - 14 Concerts
  • Save 30%: Book 15+ Concerts

Philharmonia stories

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The Philharmonia Orchestra’s Principal Conductor introduces Mahler’s 3rd Symphony
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Discover the roots of Sibelius’ music with violinist Pekka Kuusisto and singer Ilona Korhonen

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