Before the lockdown, the orchestra appointed Joanna MacGregor as their new musical director. Covid delayed its first season: but a year later its program was reinstated at the Brighton Dome Concert Hall and other venues across the city. Joanna came up with a program for the BPO starring Mozart, Brahms, Elgar and Ravel and also including cinema, folk music and Argentine tango.
BPO’s opening concert on September 26 at the Dome is a daring celebration, with MacGregor conducting two of Mozart’s most popular piano concertos, alongside Benjamin Britten and tangos by Piazzolla. The season continues with guest sopranos Gillian Keith and Rebecca Bottone, award-winning folk musician Kathryn Tickell, movie buff Neil Brand, pianist Junyan Chen and conductor Sian Edwards.
âThe past few months have made us realize how important live performance is, and we’re excited to be back,â said Joanna.
The 2021-22 season is Joanna MacGregor’s first with the BPO, and alongside their regular events at Brighton Dome Concert Hall, Joanna has scheduled a number of chamber music concerts, featuring the orchestra’s star players. , Attenborough Center for Creative Arts and St Luke’s Church (Queens Park). Tickets at the Brighton Dome ticket office.
Upcoming (all Brighton Dome Concert Hall dates from 2:45 p.m., unless otherwise specified):
Sunday September 26: Young Apollo: Britten, Mozart and Piazzolla. In a dynamic opening to the 2021 season, Brighton Philharmonic Music Director Joanna MacGregor conducts two of Mozart’s most beloved piano concertos on keyboard, mixed with the excitement of Britten’s Young Apollo and tango. by Piazzolla.
Sunday November 7: Playing with fire: Handel, Bach, Rebel and Vivaldi. This baroque music festival celebrating the elements – earth, fire, air and water – is conducted on the harpsichord by Robert Howarth, joined by soprano Gillian Keith.
Sunday November 14: CafÃ© Concert: Folk Inspired: ACCA, University of Sussex. Presented by Brighton Dome in association with Strings Attached, this chamber concert will bring together Irish folk music by Frank Martin with DvorÃ¡k and Shostakovich. It will feature star BPO string players with music director Joanna MacGregor.
Sunday December 5: A Celtic Christmas: Kathryn Tickell and Friends: A first collaboration between Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra and Kathryn Tickell. Kathryn is the principal representative of the Northumbrian bagpipes, composer, performer and storyteller.
Sunday December 18: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., St Luke’s Church. Christmas comes early with two festive performances of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, narrated by Michael Maloney and accompanied by the BPO Brass Quintet.
Friday December 31: New Year’s Eve: Viennese Classics: The conductor Stephen Bell returns for an afternoon of musical effervescence and fun.
Sunday February 10: CafÃ© Concert: New Worlds: ACCA, University of Sussex Presented by Brighton Dome in association with Strings Attached. George Gershwin’s Summertime is accompanied by his bluesy lullaby for string quartet, as well as romantic music by Amy Beach and Robert Schumann.
Sunday February 13: The European Connection: Ravel, FaurÃ© and Mendelssohn. Conducted by BPO award-winning conductor Barry Wordsworth.
Sunday March 6: Silent Classics: An entertaining program featuring the 1920 films Oliver Twist and One Week with Buster Keaton. Brighton Philharmonic teams up with Neil Brand (improvisational pianist, film historian and composer) in a thrilling performance of silent film and live music.
Sunday March 27: Season Finale: Brahms, Elgar and Mozart: The 2021-22 BPO season concludes with a powerful program led by Sian Edwards, known for his work at Glyndebourne and the English National Opera, as well as ‘with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestra of Philharmonie de Paris et de Saint-PÃ©tersbourg.