The Best of British Film Scores

Sunday 4 December, 2.45pm, Brighton Dome Concert Hall
Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra
Richard Balcombe (conductor)


The Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra’s season at Brighton Dome continues on Sunday 4 December with a concert celebrating the work of some of Britain’s greatest film composers – The Best of British Film Scores.

Britain has provided the world with some of the most iconic films ever made, many now considered classics, and part of what makes these wonderful films so powerful is some of the best film music ever written.

Guest conductor Richard Balcombe explains why the audience is in for a feast of memorable tunes and powerful orchestral writing:

“Orchestral film music is some of the most dynamic and exciting you’ll hear as it has an immediacy in creating mood and sentiment that has to hit the ear without any delay – sometimes the mood has to be created almost fleetingly as cues can be very short. Our programme is packed with pieces that will bring emotion to the surface, both in the strength of something like 633 Squadron and in the romance of Ladies in Lavender.

Many composers specialise in writing for film and television (Ron Goodwin, Patrick Doyle and Nigel Hess for example) but we’re also featuring pieces by composers from the great English classical tradition – William Walton, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sir Arthur Bliss and John Ireland.

Whilst there are doubtless some popular favourites in the programme (The Dam Busters and Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines for example) we have also delved deeper to find beautiful compositions like Coastal Command (Vaughan Williams) and The Overlanders (John Ireland).

We should be immensely proud of a long line of British composers contributing amazing scores for the world of film and it’s very exciting to be able to celebrate in this way.”

Full programme details available at:

Tickets (from £12-£37) available from Brighton Dome Ticket Office in person, by telephone (01273) 709709 & online:

Under 18s & students half price, Family ticket: up to 2 children @ £1 each with adult ticket purchase

Discounted parking (just £6) available at NCP Church Street Car Park between 1-6pm

Join Peter Back in conversation with Richard Balcombe for a Pre-Concert Interview on stage at 1.45pm – Tickets £3.75

Garsington Opera 2017

Thursday 1 June – Sunday 30 July 2017

The main season will expand from three to four opera productions annually, and will see the start of a partnership with the Philharmonia Orchestra. In addition, next year  there will be a large scale, newly commissioned community opera involving 180 local people of all ages alongside professional singers and the Garsington Opera Orchestra.

1,3,9,15,24,30 June, 4 July  5.55pm
George Frideric Handel
(sung in English)
Conductor  Jonathan Cohen
Director  Annilese Miskimmon
Designer  Nicky Shaw
Lighting Designer  Mark Jonathan
Heidi Stober, Robert Murray, Christine Rice, David Soar, Christopher Ainslie,
Llio Evans 


2,4,8,10, 17 June, 3,6,9,11,14,16 July  5.25pm
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(sung in Italian)
Conductor Douglas Boyd
Director  John Cox
Associate Director Bruno Ravella
Designer  Robert Perdziola
Lighting Designer  Mark Jonathan
Joshua Bloom, Jennifer France, Duncan Rock, Kirsten MacKinnon, Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Stephen Richardson, Janis Kelly, Timothy Robinson, Alun Rhys-Jenkins


16, 18, 22, 25, 27 June, 1, 7 July  5.55pm                                                                      
Claude Debussy
(sung in French)
Conductor Jac van Steen
Director  Michael Boyd
Designer  Tom Piper
Lighting Designer  Malcolm Rippeth
Jonathan McGovern, Andrea Carroll, Paul Gay, Brian Bannatyne-Scott,
Susan Bickley



26, 29 June, 2,5,8,10,13,15 July  5.55pm
Gioachino Rossini
(sung in Italianj
Conductor David Parry
Director  Martin Duncan
Designer  Francis O’Connor
Lighting Designer  Mark Jonathan
Movement Director  Nick Winston
Sarah Tynan, Luciano Botelho, Katie Bray, Quirijn de Lang, Geoffrey Dolton,
Mark Stone 


28, 29, 30 July 7.30pm

Roxanna Panufnik
(sung in English)
Conductor Douglas Boyd
Director  Karen Gillingham
Designer  Rhiannon Newman Brown
Composer  Roxanna Panufnik
Librettist  Jessica Duchen
Movement Director  Natasha Khamjani
Sam Furness, Victoria Simmonds, Darren Jeffery, Bradley Travis, Sarah Redgwick, James Way and 180 members of the local community

Garsington Opera at Wormsley   Box Office  01865 361636

The inaugural BBC Proms Dubai to be held in March 2017

The BBC Proms, the world’s largest classical music festival, together with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers, has today announced it is going to Dubai for a four-day festival in March 2017.

Taking place from 21 to 24 March at Dubai Opera, part of the UK/UAE 2017 Year of Cultural Collaboration led by the British Council, BBC Proms Dubai will give audiences the opportunity to experience some of the music, talent and tradition the festival offers. Only the second time abroad, following the inaugural BBC Proms Australia in April 2016, this will be the first time the BBC Proms has travelled to the Middle East and will also mark the first visit to the UAE for the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Singers.

BBC Proms Dubai will host a rich programme including core classical repertoire, British music and new music, all accompanied by a full and varied schedule of learning activity in the region. Mohammed Fairouz’s music will feature in the festival alongside world premieres of works by Dubai-based British composer Joanna Marsh and Australian-Egyptian composer Joseph Tawadros.

BBC Proms favourites, conductor Edward Gardner and pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, will join the BBC Symphony Orchestra on stage, whilst James Burton leads the BBC Singers in two a cappella programmes of British choral music and the Joseph Tawadros Quartetlead their own Late Night Prom.

The series of six concerts will culminate in the traditional and wildly popular Last Night of the Proms, where Edward Gardner will lead the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers performing Last Night favourites including Henry Wood’s Fantasia on British Sea-Songs, Thomas Arne’s Rule, Britannia! and Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1.

In the spirit of the founding principle of the Proms – to bring the best of classical music to the widest possible audience – nearly 600 ‘Promming’ (standing) tickets will be made available each day for each concert, priced from just 50 dirhams (£10).

In collaboration with the UK/UAE 2017 Year of Cultural Collaboration led by the British Council, there will be a comprehensive learning programme across the four-day festival, with workshops, masterclasses and open rehearsals providing budding musicians and singers with the opportunity to develop their skills and engage with the performers. Activities include a workshop for the Arabian Youth Orchestra with players from the BBC Symphony Orchestra, a series of workshops for local adult and children’s choirs with the BBC Singers and a masterclass for chamber musicians at the Centre for Musical Arts in Dubai.

The BBC Proms Dubai concerts will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Brahms in Brighton

The second concert of the Brighton Philharmonic’s season at Brighton Dome takes place on Sunday 6th November when the orchestra is joined by regular collaborators Brighton Festival Chorus conducted by their Music Director James Morgan, with guest soloists Sarah Tynan (Soprano) and Leigh Melrose (Baritone). They will be performing a programme of music by Brahms – his longest choral work Ein Deutches Requiem (A German Requiem) and by way of contrast, his shortest Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny).


Conductor and BFC Music Director James Morgan is looking forward to the concert and has a warning for audience members: “I’m delighted that the Festival Chorus and BPO will once again join forces in such a special programme. Schicksalslied is a miniature masterpiece; this is one concert you don’t want to arrive late for, as the first minute of music is particularly sublime! Then there is the Requiem – such a well-loved piece and a key work of the choral repertoire. We are very much looking forward to it, and to welcoming our soloists Sarah Tynan and Leigh Melrose.”

The concert opens with Schicksalslied, sometimes referred to as the “Little Requiem”, Brahms’ most ambitious choral composition considered to be one of his finest choral works; it took him three years to compose and is based on a poem by Friedrich Hölderlin about man’s sense of alienation within the cosmos.

The seven movements of Brahms’ epic German Requiem were written between 1865 and 1868 following the death of his mother, and in writing them Brahms was also highly influenced by the earlier death of his great friend Robert Schumann following a suicide attempt and incarceration in a mental asylum. The Requiem is based on words from the German Lutheran Bible rather than the more usual Latin text, which Brahms put together himself, wanting it to be a Requiem for the living, not the dead. The central message of the Requiem appears in its first lines “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted” and “Blessed” is also the last word we hear in the final movement.

The Requiem’s first performance in 1868, with Brahms himself conducting, was a huge success and marked a turning point in his career, giving him the confidence to complete many unfinished projects that had tantalised him for years.

Tickets (from £12-37) are available from Brighton Dome Ticket Office in person, by telephone (01273) 709709 and online: There is a 50% discount for students and under 18s and a Family ticket allows up to two children at £1 each when accompanied by a full-price adult ticket holder.

Those travelling by car can take advantage of the BPO’s special discounted parking rate of £6 between 1pm & 6pm in the NCP Church Street car park. Just collect a follow-on voucher from the Dome at the concert.

Acclaimed visual artist William Kentridge’s spectacular production of Lulu comes to London

Opens Wednesday 9 November at 7.00pm at the London Coliseum (5 performances)


In one of autumn’s most anticipated arts events, eminent South African artist William Kentridge makes his ENO directorial debut with this ‘provocative and visually stunning’ (New York Observer) production of Berg’s modernist 20th century masterpiece.

Kentridge locates his production to the period of the opera’s creation in the late 1920s and 1930s, using his own ink drawings to form part of the set and production design. This production has previously been seen in Amsterdam and New York where it was critically acclaimed.

A married woman, a mistress, a murderess and a prostitute who ends up as one of Jack the Ripper’s victims, Lulu is an enigmatic figure. A symbol of sexual desire and its ideal fulfilment, her trajectory from Viennese middle class respectability to her brutal end in a London garret is both harrowing and revealing.

Kentridge’s creative team comprises his co-director Luc de Wit, designer Sabine Theunissen, costume designer Greta Goiris, lighting designer Urs Schönebaum and video designer Catherine Meyburgh. Former ENO Music Director Mark Wigglesworth conducts.

Brenda Rae makes her ENO and role debut as  Berg’s femme fatale, Lulu. She has been a resident artist at Oper Frankfurt since 2008 and has performed with numerous opera companies including Santa Fe Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Théâtre de Champs-Elysées and Glyndebourne.

Acclaimed British mezzo soprano Sarah Connolly returns to ENO as Countess Geschwitz. She last sung with the Company in the title role of David McVicar’s production of Medea, a role that she sang ‘with total technical assurance and radiating baneful charisma’ (Daily Telegraph). Other appearances for ENO include La clemenza di tito (for which she won an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera )Der Rosenkavalier,AgrippinaThe Coronation of PoppeaThe Rape of LucretiaXerxes and I Capuleti e I Montecchi.

Irish-Canadian tenor Michael Colvin makes his role debut as The Painter. He last appeared with ENO as Bob Boles in the revival of David Alden’s critically five star production of Peter Grimes. He has also performed in Madam Butterfly and The Turn of the Screw for the Company.

Eminent bass Willard White is Schigolch. Willard last appeared with ENO as Pope Clement VII in Terry Gilliam’s Benvenuto Cellini in June 2014. Other notable roles for ENO include the title role in Stein Wenge’s production of The Flying Dutchman, Kutuzov in War and Peace and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

American bass-baritone James Morris takes on the roles of Dr Schön and Jack the Ripper. He last appeared with ENO as The Doctor in Carrie Cracknell’s acclaimed production of Wozzeck in 2013, a role in which he exuded “an air of vocal gravitas and cynical manipulation” (Financial Times).

ENO Harewood Artist Nicky Spence makes his role debut as Dr Schön’s son Alwa. Nicky last appeared with ENO as Steva Buryja in the revival of David Alden’s five star production of Jen?fa in June 2016. Other roles with the Company include David in Richard Jones’s Olivier Award-winning production of The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, Francesco in Terry Gilliam’s production of Benvenuto Cellini and Brian in the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys in 2011, a role he also reprised at the Metropolitan Opera in 2013.

The cast also includes David Soar (Animal Tamer/Athlete), Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts (Prince/Manservant/Marquis), Clare Presland (Schoolboy/Dresser/Waiter), Graeme Danby (Theatre Director/Bank Director), Sarah Labiner (15 year old girl), Rebecca de Pont Davies (her mother), Sarah Champion (Female Artist), Geoffrey Dolton (Journalist), Joanna Dudley (Solo Performer) and Andrea Fabi (Solo Performer).

Lulu opens on Wednesday 9 November 2016 at 7.00pm for 5 performances – 9, 14, 17 November at 7.00pm, 12, 19 November at 6pm.

500 tickets for £20 or less are available for each performance. Tickets start from £12.

Martyn Brabbins to take up position as Music Director of English National Opera from 21 October 2016

English National Opera (ENO) has announced that British conductor Martyn Brabbins will become Music Director of the Company with immediate effect.


An inspirational force in British music, Martyn Brabbins has had a busy opera career since his early days at the Kirov and more recently at La Scala, the BayerischeStaatsoper, and regularly in Lyon, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Antwerp.  He is a popular figure at the BBC Proms and with most of the leading British orchestras, and regularly conducts top international orchestras, returning to the Royal Concertgebouw, Tokyo Metropolitan and Deutsche Sinfonieorchester Berlin this season.  Known for his advocacy of British composers, he has conducted hundreds of world premieres across the globe. He has recorded over 120 CDs to date, including prize-winning discs of operas by Korngold, Birtwistle and Harvey. He was Associate Principal Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra 1994-2005, Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic 2009-2015, Chief Conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic 2012-2016, and Artistic Director of the Cheltenham International Festival of Music 2005-2007, and has this season taken up a new position as Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Music.

Brabbins’s performances of The Pilgrim’s Progress at ENO (2012) were conducted with “wonderful breadth and assurance” (The Guardian) and The Times praised his “exemplary musical direction”. His acclaimed performances of Tristan and Isoldewith Grange Park Opera (2016) caused The Observer to describe him as “a musician’s musician, he can turn his hand with ease and perception to anything.”

The appointment runs until August 2020, and  Brabbins will plan the 18/19 and 19/20 seasons together with ENO’s Artistic Director, Daniel Kramer. We are delighted that Brabbins will already be able to conduct one opera production (title to be announced) in 2017/8.

Speaking of his appointment to ENO from 21 October 2016, Martyn Brabbins said:

“With an orchestra and chorus of such exceptional calibre, and a musical legacy nurtured by the finest British conductors, from Reginald Goodall through to Mark Wigglesworth, I feel incredibly honoured to have been invited to join ENO and to become a part of this treasured British musical company.  It is quite an act to follow, and in a tough financial climate, but I am determined that ENO will continue to produce stimulating operatic performances of the highest musical quality at the London Coliseum.  I look forward to working with Daniel, Cressida, and with my dedicated and hugely knowledgeable colleagues in every department at ENO to achieve this.”

Marvellous Miller – A celebration of Jonathan Miller’s phenomenal contribution to ENO featuring exclusive performances from some of Britain’s best loved operatic stars

Wednesday 16 November at 7.00pm at the London Coliseum


Over the last four decades Jonathan Miller’s much-loved productions have been at the heart of ENO’s work. From his insightful The Marriage of Figaro in 1978 to his charming and witty The Elixir of Love in 2010, Jonathan has provided the company with fifteen productions, many of them now staples of our repertoire. Only last season his classic productions ofThe Barber of Seville and The Mikado returned to our stage. In 2015 The Mikado celebrated its 200th show, with over 20,000 people attending this run of performances. In February 2017 his legendary ‘Mafia’ production of Rigoletto will be seen once again at the London Coliseum.

For one night only ENO celebrates this great director’s phenomenal contribution to the Company. Some of the UK’s best loved opera singers will come together to perform excerpts from many of his productions  including The MikadoRigoletto,The Barber of SevilleThe Elixir of LoveThe Marriage of FigaroLa traviataTosca and Carmen. The evening also offers a rare chance to enjoy a series of filmed interviews with the man himself.

The all British cast features representatives from some of the productions first performances through to the latest generation of artists to have benefitted from Miller’s experience.  Performances include Bonaventura Bottone performing ‘Wand’ring Minstrel’ (The Mikado), Alan Opie with Germont’s aria ‘The sea and soil of Provence’ ( La traviata), Andrew Shore with ‘To a doctor of my class’ (The Barber of Seville) and Richard Suart with his infamous ‘Little List’ (The Mikado). They are joined by a host of ENO favourites including Peter Auty, Susan Bullock, Graeme Danby, Jean Rigby, Mark Richardson, Sarah Tynan and Roland Wood alongside ENO’s award-winning chorus and orchestra conducted by Peter Robinson and Martin Fitzpatrick.

For almost 40 years audiences at the London Coliseum have been thrilled and delighted, moved and entertained by more than 1,000 performances of Jonathan’s work. This special evening offers an opportunity to relive many of those wonderful moments whilst fundraising for ENO’s world-class work.

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra’s new season at Brighton Dome starts this Sunday

There is an autumnal chill in the air in the mornings and the nights are closing in, but whilst for some this heralds the onset of the winter months, the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra and its regular audience are looking forward to their new season of Sunday afternoon concerts at Brighton Dome.

An array of guest soloists and conductors join the orchestra this season to play popular works by Tchaikovsky, Dvorák, Mendelssohn and Elgar as well as less well-known gems by Scriabin, Korngold, Walton and Greig. Particular highlights this side of Christmas include Sunday 6th November where the orchestra is joined by the Brighton Festival Chorus for a performance of Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem, and Sunday 4th December when a “Best of British Film Scores” concert promises an afternoon of wonderful classic film music. Then to liven up the festive season the orchestra presents its traditional New Year’s Eve Viennese Gala with a plethora of foot-tapping marches, polkas and waltzes from the prolific Strauss family and lots of sparkly top notes from guest soprano Rebecca Bottone (who featured in the BBC series David Starkey’s Music and Monarchy).

The season opens on Sunday 9th October with Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth at the helm with a programme that includes Sir William Walton’s Viola Concerto with Andriy Vytovych and Tchaikovsky’s monumental Symphony No.5.


Tickets for all concerts range from £12-£37 with a 50% discount for students and under 18s, available from Brighton Dome Ticket Office (01273) 709709 or

For those considering coming by car, discounted parking is available for all BPO concerts at just £6 for up to five hours (from 1pm-6pm) in NCP Church Street Car Park, just a couple of minutes’ walk from Brighton Dome.

For full details of the whole season see:

Brighton Festival Chorus! Open Rehearsal

James Morgan – conductor

Tuesday, October 11th 2016, 7.00pm

Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex, Falmer

Want to sing with some of the best UK and international orchestras and soloists, and in some of the world’s greatest venues? Join Brighton Festival Chorus (bfc) for our annual open rehearsal on Tuesday October 11th at 7pm in the Medical School, University of Sussex. An exciting season lies ahead, including completing a recording with the BBC Concert Orchestra and performing in the Royal Albert Hall in a fundraising concert for Parkinson’s UK, bringing together amazing musicians and comedians for a night of music and laughter. Two concerts are lined up so far in the Brighton Dome Concert Hall, including our traditional Christmas concert in December. On November 6th 2016 bfc will join the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra for a performance of Brahm’s Requiem and Schicksalslied. James Morgan, Music Director of bfc commented “I’m delighted that the Festival Chorus and BPO will once again join forces in such a special programme. Schicksalslied is a miniature masterpiece; this is one concert you don’t want to arrive late for, as the first minute of music is particularly sublime. Then there is the Requiem – such a well-loved piece and a key work of the choral repertoire.” Sing your heart out with bfc in a rehearsal of Brahms’ Requiem on Tuesday October 11th and meet our friendly members for a drink afterwards.

Sir Neville Marriner CH, CBE, Founder and Life President of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields has died

Sir Neville Marriner CH, CBE 15 April 1924 – 2 October 2016


The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is deeply saddened to announce the death of Sir Neville Marriner, Founder and Life President of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

Sir Neville Marriner passed away peacefully in the night on 2 October.

Born on 15 April 1924 in Lincoln, Sir Neville Marriner studied at the Royal College of Music and the Paris Conservatoire. He began his career as a violinist, playing first in a string quartet and trio, then in the London Symphony Orchestra. It was during this period that he founded the Academy, with the aim of forming a top-class chamber ensemble from London’s finest players. Beginning as a group of friends who gathered to rehearse in Sir Neville’s front room, the Academy gave its first performance in its namesake church in 1959. The Academy now enjoys one of the largest discographies of any chamber orchestra worldwide, and its partnership with Sir Neville Marriner is the most recorded of any orchestra and conductor.

Honoured three times for his services to music in this country – most recently being made a Companion of Honour by Her Majesty The Queen in June 2015 – Sir Neville Marriner has also been awarded honours in France, Germany and Sweden.

As a player, Sir Neville Marriner had observed some of the greatest conductors at close quarters. He worked as an extra under Toscanini and Furtwängler, with Joseph Krips, George Szell, Stokowski and mentor Pierre Monteux. Sir Neville began his conducting career in 1969, after his studies in America with Maestro Monteux. There he founded the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, at the same time as developing and extending the size and repertoire of the Academy. In 1979 he became Music Director and Principal Conductor of both the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Südwest Deutsche Radio Orchestra in Stuttgart, positions he held until the late 1980s. Subsequently he has continued to work with orchestras round the globe in Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Milan, Athens, New York, Boston, San Francisco and Tokyo. In 2011 Sir Neville was appointed Honorary Conductor of the newly formed I, Culture Orchestra which brings together the most talented young musicians from Eastern Europe. Sir Neville was Music Director of the Academy from its formation in1958 to 2011 when he became Life President and handed the baton of Music Director to violinist Joshua Bell.