Philharmonia Chorus - Recent Developments

Recent Developments

In April 2010 the Philharmonia Chorus returned to its tradition of German musical training with the appointment as Chorus Master of Stefan Bevier, a former player with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, a singer and conductor.

Earlier the same year was launched the Philharmonia Chorus Professional Singers Scheme, through which specially auditioned professional singers in the early years of their careers join the Chorus as members. The first concert to include members of the Scheme took place in February 2010 in London’s Royal Festival Hall, a performance of Mahler’s Second Symphony with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Eliahu Inbal. Performances since have included the UK première of Jeajoon Ryu’s Sinfonia da Requiem(Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Nowak), Beethoven Ninth Symphony (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Volkov and Philharmonia Orchestra/Salonen), Beethoven's Missa Solemnis (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Noseda), Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem (Philharmonia Orchestra/Dohnányi), and Britten's War Requiem and Mahler's Second and Eighth Symphonies (Philharmonia Orchestra/Maazel). The Chorus’s several appearances at the “Easter at King’s” Festival, conducted by Stephen Cleobury and broadcast by BBC Radio from King’s College Cambridge, have included James MacMillan’s recently composed Passion According to St John in the presence of the composer, and Frank Martin’s Golgotha in the presence of the composer’s widow.

In 2012 the Chorus returned to continental Europe, performing Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts with the Orchestre National de Lyon under Leonard Slatkin both in the Auditorium de Lyon and at the Berlioz Festival in the composer’s birthplace of La Côte-St-André. The Chorus also opened Hamburger Symphoniker’s 2012-13 season with a performance of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius conducted by Jeffrey Tate, a former member of the Chorus, following which he agreed to become the Chorus’s President.

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