Skip to main content Skip to site map (in footer)

Philharmonia Orchestra

The Philharmonia Orchestra is resident at London's Southbank Centre and maintains residencies in Bedford, Leicester and Basingstoke. It tours nationally and internationally. Our funding subsidises concerts and supports core costs.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £2,030,404
  • 2013-2014: £2,077,075
  • 2014-2015: £2,131,161

Video feed

Dvořák & Suk: A Journey with Jakub Hrůša

The composers Antonín Dvořák and his favourite pupil and son-in-law, Josef Suk, were both influenced by place and close relationships with loved ones. Travel to Prague with conductor Jakub Hrůša, a Prague resident, to uncover the stories behind Dvořák's Cello Concerto and Suk's rarely performed work, the Asrael Symphony. Part of the Bohemian Legends concert series in April & May 2014, at Royal Festival Hall and beyond, conducted by Jakub Hrůša:

Listening Guide: Leoš Janáček's Sinfonietta with Jakub Hrůša

The composer Leoš Janáček was an important promoter of cultural activity in the city where he spent most of his life: Brno, Moravia, Czech Republic. Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša, a Brno native, introduces us to Janáček and his city by using Janáček's spectacular Sinfonietta as a musical guide. Join us on this personal journey to discover the legacy of Leoš Janáček. Part of the Bohemian Legends series in April & May 2014, conducted by Jakub Hrůša:

BBC Frozen Planet in Concert

An event for all the family combining emotional and evocative live orchestral music with breathtaking HD images of the majestic and frozen wilderness of the Polar Regions from the landmark BBC television series Frozen Planet. Watch this video for a glimpse of what will be a special evening combining natural photography and the Philharmonia's live performance of George Fenton's powerful score.

BBC Frozen Planet in Concert - Extended Version

An event for all the family combining emotional and evocative live orchestral music with breathtaking HD images of the majestic and frozen wilderness of the Polar Regions from the landmark BBC television series Frozen Planet. Watch this video for a glimpse of what will be a special evening combining natural photography and the Philharmonia's live performance of George Fenton's powerful score.

Show 21 more videos

RE-RITE: Be the Orchestra South West

RE-RITE is the Philharmonia Orchestra's digital installation based on The Rite of Spring. Through this combination of immersive video and interactive design visitors can experience what it's like to play with a live orchestra. From conducting with Esa-Pekka Salonen to following the score note by note with each instrument - RE-RITE takes you inside the orchestra. RE-RITE has toured in the UK, Portugal, Germany, Turkey and China. This summer the production will visit the South West. For more information on RE-RITE's upcoming dates visit

Listening Guide: Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor" (Nikolai Lugansky)

In this Listening Guide, pianist Nikolai Lugansky guides us through Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto. Dubbed 'Emperor' by its English publisher, this was Beethoven's last piano concerto. Find out more in this film about what makes this hugely popular work special and forward-looking, complete with illustrative extracts from the work performed by Lugansky. For more information on the Philharmonia's upcoming performance of the work with Nikolai Lugansky, please visit

Interview with Christoph von Dohnányi (2007)

In this video -- one of the first ever produced by the Philharmonia's in-house team -- we interview the Philharmonia Orchestra's Honorary Conductor for Life, Christoph von Dohnányi. He talks about his early career and his passion for conducting, as well as working with young orchestras.

Philharmonia Players on Richard Strauss

Richard Strauss and his compositions have featured prominently throughout the history of the Philharmonia Orchestra. Meet some of the Philharmonia players in this behind-the-scenes video and find out what it is that makes him stand out for them.

Christmas Card 2013: In the Bleak Midwinter

Season's Greetings from the Philharmonia Orchestra. We celebrate this year with a brass quintet of Philharmonia players, playing an arrangement of Gustav Holst's carol 'In the Bleak Midwinter', arranged by Toby Street. Why not send the Philharmonia Christmas Card to your friends? Visit to find out more.

re-rite: Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg 2013

A film created by the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, documenting a groundbreaking inception of the re-rite project which took place in 2013, set in a multi-storey car park which forms part of the state-of-the-art concert hall currently under construction in the iconic Hamburg docks. Hear from visitors to the exhibition, and Philharmonia players and staff, as well as workshop leaders of the various music and dance activities which formed part of the broader re-rite programme.

In Performance: Peter Jablonski plays Chopin, Mazurka, Op. 17 No. 4

Pianist Peter Jablonski plays the last of the Op. 17 Mazurkas. In 3/4 time, and marked "Lento, ma non troppo", this is one of Chopin's more popular Mazurkas. The mazurka is originally a Polish folk dance.

In Performance: Peter Jablonski plays Debussy, Images I, Reflets dans l'eau

Peter Jablonski plays Debussy's "Reflets dans l'eau", the first of three pieces for the piano from his first volume of Images. "Reflets dans l'eau" is an example of the new tone colours Debussy discovered for the piano in this part of his life. Although he later refined his style, this piece is among Debussy's greater achievements on the instrument.

Profile: Sunwook Kim, Piano

In this archive video from 2010, we meet pianist Sunwook Kim as he prepares for a performance of Schumann's Piano Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra. As well as footage from rehearsals, Kim discusses his love of music, and life as a pianist in London.

Esa-Pekka Salonen -- Celebrating 30 years conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra

In this film, Philharmonia members past and present tell the story of how a last-minute decision by the Orchestra's management 30 years ago ignited what would go on to be a long-lasting relationship between Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia, firstly as Principal Guest Conductor, and, since 2008, as Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor.

Witold Lutosławski - A Polish Life

In this feature-length biopic, Series Advisor Steven Stucky and Principal Conductor and Philharmonia Orchestra Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen travel to Poland to the explore the life and works of Polish composer Witold Lutosławski, from his early life, his struggle for survival in Warsaw during the Second World War, the Stalinist period, and finally into his latter and most mature works. This film was released as part of the Philharmonia Orchestra's series Woven Words: "Music begins where words end". Explore the series' digital resources at

Amaan Ali Khan introduces the Sarod

Sarod player Amaan Ali Khan guides us through the construction, techniques and performance on his instrument - the Sarod.

London Mela 2013 in Gunnersbury Park

The Philharmonia Orchestra were delighted to be invited to the Classical Stage at London Mela 2013, to perform Ustad Amjad Ali Khan's composition 'Samaagam', played on the sarod by his two sons Amaan and Ayaan. In this film we speak with the two brothers before their performance, as well as with conductor David Murphy, who spent a considerable amount of time in Delhi with the composer. We also hear from the Mela's Artistic Director Ajay Chhabra, on the history of the Mela and the continuing relationship with the Philharmonia.

The Making of RE-RITE: Be the Orchestra (Deutsch Untertitel)

A documentary on the making of the Philharmonia Orchestra's immersive digital installation project, RE-RITE: Be the Orchestra. Since its première in 2009 at the Bargehouse, London, RE-RITE has toured within the UK as well as internationally to Portugal, Germany, China and Turkey. For more information on RE-RITE please visit:

Béla Bartók: O Castelo do Barba Azul

Entre no mundo do Castelo do Barba Azul e descubra todo o trabalho realizado nos bastidores para fazer nascer a produção da Philharmonia Orchestra da única ópera de Bartók. Encenada por Nick Hillel, do Yeast Culture, e dirigida por Esa-Pekka Salonen, esta nova e única produção apresenta filmes que foram propositadamente criados e que são projectados no cenário em torno da orquestra. A produção realiza uma digressão no Reino Unido e na Europa em Outubro e Novembro de 2011. Uma produção Philharmonia Orchestra, Rite Digital e Yeast Culture. Uma encomenda conjunta da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian e do Konzerthaus de Dortmund. Integra a temporada "Infernal Dance: Inside the World of Béla Bartók", que conta com o generoso patrocínio da Meyer Foundation.

The Orchestra App - Discover the Instruments

The Orchestra is an extraordinary new app from Touch Press that will delight anyone with even a passing interest in classical music. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the world-renowned Philharmonia Orchestra performing extended extracts from eight works representing three centuries of symphonic music. The app allows real-time selection of multiple video and audio tracks, along with an automatically synchronised score and dynamic graphical note-by-note visualisation of each piece as it is played. The result is an immersive environment for exploring the music and all the instruments of the orchestra. Click here to download: The Orchestra is a collaboration between the Philharmonia Orchestra, Touch Press, Rite Digital, Music Sales Group and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Béla Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle Production - 24h timelapse

Filmed from the projection booth at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall on the 3rd November 2011. A Philharmonia Orchestra and Rite Digital production in collaboration with Yeast Culture. A co-commission with the Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon and Konzerthaus Dortmund. Bluebeard's Castle was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Friends of the Philharmonia Orchestra

For more information, please visit From just £35 a year, Friends enjoy a variety of benefits in return for their support, that give them exclusive access to the orchestra and its musicians. Find out more about becoming a Friend of the Philharmonia with first violinist Nathaniel Anderson-Frank.

Listening Guide: Mahler's Symphony No. 9 (Julian Johnson)

Julian Johnson takes an in-depth look at Mahler's Ninth Symphony.

Listening Guide: Mahler's Symphony No. 7 (Julian Johnson)

Series consultant Julian Johnson takes an in-depth look at Mahler's Seventh Symphony.

Arts Council England is not responsible for the social media content on this organisation's page

Contact details

6th Floor, The Tower Building, 11
York Road

51.503319, -0.11308

  • 51.503319 -0.11308

View all National portfolio organisation and Major partner museums on our interactive map

Seen something out of date?
Tell us