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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

In Performance: Debussy's Syrinx with Sam Coles

Philharmonia Orchestra Principal Flutist Sam Coles performs Debussy's groundbreaking work, Syrinx, in the famous Théâtre des Champs-Elysées concert hall in Paris, where Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring premiered. Syrinx was originally incidental music for a play, but now has a life of its own as part of the solo flute repertoire. Syrinx debuted in Paris in 1913, the same year as The Rite of Spring. Learn about the history of the flute in France in this film with Sam Coles: http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/paris/films/615/city_of_light_uncover_the_history_of_the_french_flute_with_sam_coles Discover the series at philharmonia.co.uk/paris Our City of Light: Paris: 1900-1950 concert series runs from November 2014 - June 2015.

Esa-Pekka Salonen compares Debussy and Ravel

The music of Debussy and Ravel form the heart of the Philharmonia Orchestra's "City of Light: Paris, 1900-1950" concert series, and is some of the most luxurious music ever created. Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen compares their two distinct styles. Discover the series at http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/paris Our City of Light: Paris: 1900-1950 concert series runs from November 2014 - June 2015.

Esa-Pekka Salonen Introduces the Series

During the early 20th century, in Paris, many of the greatest writers, artists, composers and thinkers came together and changed culture as we know it. Philharmonia Orchestra Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen introduces the "City of Light: Paris, 1900-1950" series and describes why the Philharmonia Orchestra is the best vehicle for the repertoire of this remarkable period. Discover the series at http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/paris Our City of Light: Paris: 1900-1950 concert series runs from November 2014 - June 2015.

Esa-Pekka Salonen on Dutilleux's Correspondances

Philharmonia Orchestra Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen had the privilege of working with the composer Henri Dutilleux on his recording of Dutilleux's Correspondances. In our film, Esa-Pekka describes why Dutilleux exemplifies the polished French composition tradition honed by composers like Ravel. Discover the series at http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/paris Our City of Light: Paris: 1900-1950 concert series runs from November 2014 - June 2015.

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Esa-Pekka Salonen on Pelléas et Mélisande

Philharmonia Orchestra Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen describes his love affair with Debussy's opera Pelléas et Mélisande. Discover the series at http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/paris Our City of Light: Paris: 1900-1950 concert series runs from November 2014 - June 2015.

Debussy's Life and Loves

The composer Claude Debussy had a tumultuous love life, as series advisor Caroline Potter describes during her visit to Debussy's birthplace in Saint-Germain-en-Laye. Discover the series at http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/paris Our City of Light: Paris: 1900-1950 concert series runs from November 2014 - June 2015.

Discover the Magic

Paris was the place to be in the first half of the 20th century, full stop. An introduction to the Philharmonia Orchestra's concert series City of Light: Paris, 1900-1950, from series advisors Caroline Potter and Caroline Rae, shot on location in Paris. Discover the series at http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/paris Our City of Light: Paris: 1900-1950 concert series runs from November 2014 - June 2015.

Vincent Meyer on a new artistic age

Philharmonia Orchestra President Vincent Meyer on how Paris provided the ideal environment for an extraordinary series of artistic revolutions in the first half of the 20th century. Discover the series at http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/paris Our City of Light: Paris: 1900-1950 concert series runs from November 2014 - June 2015.

Making the Ondes Martenot speak

At the Musée de la Musique in Paris, lab manager Stéphane Vaiedelich is working on bringing this ondes Martenot back to life. Series Advisor, Caroline Potter, learned more about the intricacies of the this early electronic instrument. Discover more at http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/paris Our City of Light: Paris: 1900-1950 concert series runs from November 2014 - June 2015.

A guide to the Ondes Martenot

Series Advisor Caroline Potter gets a tour inside an ondes Martenot with Stéphane Vaiedelich, Laboratory Manager at the Musée de la Musique, Cité de Musique, Paris. Discover this magical, early electronic instrument which features in Messiaen's Turangalîla-symphonie and was invented in 1928 in Paris by Maurice Martenot. Find out more at http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/paris Our City of Light: Paris: 1900-1950 concert series runs from November 2014 - June 2015.

A guide to the Piano luthéal

What's a piano luthéal? We travelled to the Musée de la Musique at the Cité de la Musique in Paris to speak with Thierry Maniguet, curator, to find out about this device, invented to give new timbres to the traditional piano. Find out more at http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/paris Our City of Light: Paris: 1900-1950 concert series runs from November 2014 - June 2015.

Performer’s Perspective on Ravel’s Tzigane

Sarah Nemtanu, violinist and leader of the Orchestre nationale de France, takes us inside the world she creates when performing Ravel's virtuosic "Tzigane." Discover more at http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/paris Our City of Light: Paris: 1900-1950 concert series runs from November 2014 - June 2015.

Ravel’s Tzigane with Sarah Nemtanu

What's it like to play with the piano luthéal, one of the rarest instruments in the world? Violinist Sarah Nemtanu is one of the few performers who has had the chance. Leader of the Orchestre nationale de France, Nemtanu takes us through Ravel's ambitious use of timbre to evoke the spirit of folk music in his virtuosic "Tzigane." Filmed on location in the Musée de la Musique, Cité de la Musique, Paris. Discover more at http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/paris Our City of Light: Paris: 1900-1950 concert series runs from November 2014 - June 2015.

Uncover the history of the French flute with Sam Coles

Philharmonia Orchestra Principal Flutist Sam Coles brings the history of the flute to life in the beautiful surroundings of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysèes, Paris. Find out how the flute we know and love today developed over time and was perfected by makers and performers based in Paris, culminating in Debussy's groundbreaking work for solo flute, Syrinx (1913). Find out more at http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/paris Our City of Light: Paris: 1900-1950 concert series runs from November 2014 - June 2015.

Naturally Inspired

Find out how French composers bring a uniquely French version of nature - controlled and crafted to perfection - into their art. Series Advisors Caroline Potter and Caroline Rae discuss nature in the music of Debussy, Ravel and Messiaen in Paris's Jardin du Luxembourg. Discover more at http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/paris Our City of Light: Paris: 1900-1950 concert series runs from November 2014 - June 2015.

Ravel's World

A universe in each room, and a forest for his imagination... Journey with us outside Paris to uncover Maurice Ravel’s endlessly creative, boundless world. We travelled to Ravel's home in Montfort l'Amaury, about 40 km southwest of Paris, a unique gem that conveys his sense of humour and love of all things small. Find out more at http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/paris Our City of Light: Paris: 1900-1950 concert series runs from November 2014 - June 2015.

The Montparnasse Melting Pot

In the early decades of the 20th century, the cafés of Paris's Montparnasse neighbourhood were an extraordinary hub of artistic activity and collaboration, fuelling a remarkable revolution in art and culture. Series Advisors Caroline Potter and Caroline Rae discover this world over a cup of coffee in Café Le Dôme. Find out more at http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/paris Our City of Light: Paris: 1900-1950 concert series runs from November 2014 - June 2015.

MusicLab at the Island of Culture 2014

On the 13th of October the Philharmonia Orchestra’s MusicLab will arrive on the Isle of Man as part of the Island of Culture celebrations. Join Isle of Man Cultural Ambassador and Joint Principal Trumpet Jason Evans as he describes his own musical journey from Manx Youth Orchestra all the way to the Philharmonia and for a behind the scenes introduction to this mobile digital installation. MusicLab is a new pop-up musical experience developed by the Philharmonia’s digital department, filled with a series of hands-on musical games, instruments and videos designed to put the visitor in the shoes of composer, performer and producer. Watch this teaser video for a look at what’s inside this musical truck ahead of its arrival on the Isle of Man. For more information and what’s on when, please visit http://www.islandofculture.im/ With special thanks to the Island of Culture, Isle of Man Steam Packet Company and Dam Productions.

Quanto à Philharmonia Orchestra (legendas em português)

Reconhecida como a mais notável pioneira musical, a Philharmonia Orchestra habita no âmago da vida instrumental britânica. A turnê na América Latina em setembro apresentará a orquestra londrina em uma das melhores salas de concerto do México, Peru, Colômbia e Brasil. Nesse filme, Simon Oliver (Contrabaixista e Presidente, 2011-2013) apresenta a orquestra e o seu trabalho atual. Para mais informações sobre a orquestra e turnê visite o site – http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/tours/26/latin_america

About the Philharmonia Orchestra (subtítulos en español)

Acknowledged as the UK's foremost musical pioneer, the Philharmonia Orchestra lives at the heart of British musical life. A tour of Latin America in 2014 will showcase the London orchestra in some of the finest concert halls in Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Brazil. In this film, Simon Oliver (Double Bass & former Chairman) introduces the Orchestra and its work today. For more information about the orchestra and the tour visit - http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/tours/26/latin_america

Instrument: Cello

In this film, Karen Stephenson introduces her instrument - the cello. To learn more about the cello visit http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/explore/instruments/cello Why not download our iPad app The Orchestra to learn even more? Visit www.philharmonia.co.uk/app for more information. "Have you seen the app called 'The Orchestra'? It is astonishing. For somebody who can't read music to learn how an orchestra functions, to be able to see from the perspective of a flute or a second violin, is really enlightening." - Sir John Eliot Gardiner, quoted in an interview by Richard Fairman, Financial Times, February 2014 The Philharmonia's Principal Cello's Chair is endowed in perpetuity in memory of Amaryllis Fleming (1925 -- 1999) by the Amaryllis Fleming Foundation and Fleming Family and Partners Ltd. The Philharmonia's No. 2 Cello Chair is endowed by Jane and Julian Langer. For more information on Chair Endowments, please visit: http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/support/individual/chair_endowment

Music at the University of Leicester: Philharmonia Orchestra Partnership

Student-led musical activity at the University of Leicester is supported by a long-standing partnership with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Coaching, one-to-one tuition, guidance and practical advice is provided by professional specialists to the various Music Association ensembles and music scholarship holders at the University. This film gives a flavour of the musical opportunities available, introduced by the students themselves.

Instrument: Double Bass

In this film, Michael Fuller introduces his instrument - the double bass. To learn more about the double bass visit http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/explore/instruments/double_bass Why not download our iPad app The Orchestra to learn even more? Visit www.philharmonia.co.uk/app for more information. "Have you seen the app called 'The Orchestra'? It is astonishing. For somebody who can't read music to learn how an orchestra functions, to be able to see from the perspective of a flute or a second violin, is really enlightening." - Sir John Eliot Gardiner, quoted in an interview by Richard Fairman, Financial Times, February 2014 The Philharmonia's Principal Bass's Chair is endowed by The Zvi and Ofra Meitar Family Fund. For more information on Chair Endowments, please visit: http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/support/individual/chair_endowment

Listening Guide: Copland's Billy the Kid

Animateur Paul Rissmann introduces Aaron Copland's exciting music for the ballet, Billy the Kid (1938). Discover how Copland created a popular style that incorporated jazz rhythms and fiddle tunes, resulting in a truly American sound - the perfect backdrop for a ballet about one of the Wild West's most infamous outlaws. http://www.philharmonia.co.uk

Listening Guide: Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kijé

Animateur Paul Rissmann recreates the story of Lieutenant Kijé, the Russian army administrator with a big imagination. This film introduces Sergei Prokofiev's music for his suite "Lieutenant Kijé," which originally formed the soundtrack of a 1934 film of the same name, directed by Aleksandr Faintsimmer. The soundtrack was arranged into a suite, and then into a ballet, and is now a familiar piece of the repertoire. http://www.philharmonia.co.uk

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