Joanna MacGregor - Image by Pal Hansen

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra launches its most ambitious season to date

The Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra’s exciting new season is now on sale. It represents their most adventurous season  yet. Running from October 2023 to April 24, the season is led by Music Director  Joanna MacGregor. Itpans nine concerts across the city at the Brighton  Dome Concert Hall, St George’s Kemptown and the newly refurbished Brighton  Dome Corn Exchange. 

A commitment to bringing something vibrant and innovative to the Brighton music scene is evident throughout the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra programming.

Joanna MacGregor image by Pal Hansen

A host of fresh and inspiring talent will  be joining the season. This will include guest conductors Adam Hickox, Clark Rundell and  Geoffrey Paterson who are all new to the BPO. Expect dazzling performances from  sopranos Dorothea Herbert and Ellie Laugharne. Meanwhile, Norwegian violin virtuoso  Ragnhild Hemsing will showcase the little-known hardanger fiddle. An exciting  collaboration with jazz saxophonist Andy Sheppard will explore music of the Deep  South and an orchestral suite of Moondog’s music. John Adams explodes alongside  Leonard Bernstein; and a celebration of International Women’s Day will hear large scale orchestral music by Errollyn Wallen, Florence Price and Eleanor Alberga. An evening of cabaret classics with returning guest conductor Sian Edward. And, director Richard Williams showcases Stravinsky’s 1918 masterpiece The Soldier’s Tale, as well  as Kurt Weill. 

Alongside this diverse programming remains a commitment to core orchestral  repertoire, with Sibelius’ Symphony no.2 partnering Arvo Pärt, Wagner’s The Ring: An  Orchestral Adventure (arr. Vlieger). It will see one of the largest orchestras ever staged at  the Brighton Dome, and the season finale including Debussy’s magnificent La Mer.  There will also be a continuation of the popular Christmas Carol in two performances. Featuring, the BPO Brass Quintet with popular arrangements of Ding Dong Merrily on  High, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In. Plus the return of the ever-engaging conductor Stephen Bell for a show-stopping New Year’s  Eve Gala. 

This season also sees the balance shift towards Friday and Saturday evening  performances. Five of the nine concerts scheduled at peak evening slots. This is alongside the popular Sunday afternoon performances for which the orchestra is most  widely known.  

With a focus on making the concerts as accessible as possible to a broad audience, tickets for the Concert Hall programme start from £13. There are also concessions available. 

Families can benefit from £1 children’s tickets when purchased with an accompanying  adult. BPO are providing an affordable opportunity to bring through a new generation of music  enthusiasts. There will also be 25% savings for Full Season bookings, 20% savings for  three concert bookings. Plus, there are a limited number of £12 LoveMusic tickets available 24  hours before some performances. 

Of the season ahead, Music Director Joanna MacGregor commented, “I’m excited to  present our season reflecting the richness and sheer excitement of a live orchestra. Expect large symphonic works alongside jazz and contemporary music. BPO  continues to nurture brilliant young musicians both within the orchestra and as guest  soloists. Our vibrant, bold programme – performed at the heart of Brighton – is for everyone.” 

Newly appointed Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra Chair Jonathan Brigden commented:

“Since lockdown lifted  and Joanna’s tenure started two seasons ago, our city’s orchestra has gone from  strength to strength. We are increasing artistic reach whilst growing and diversifying our  audience. Last season we more than doubled our sales for each concert. We even sold out concerts like our Beautiful World concert of modern classical music. The next  season is our most ambitious yet. We look forward to bringing you brilliant wide ranging music making in our 99th year.”  

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All tickets are available via the Brighton  Dome ticket office at, telephone 01273 709 709 or by visiting the box  office in person.  

Friends of the Orchestra also receive a complimentary ticket each season to bring a  friend to join them. They also recieve dedicated newsletters and event invitations. Friends  membership starts from £25 and details of supporting the orchestra are all available at

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