BRIGHTON Philharmonic Orchestra has announced its next season from September and is encouraging new people to witness their exciting programme, which includes folk music and special film nights.

The programme designed by leading musician Joanna MacGregor has been carefully selected to offer a wide range of music within the classical world.

The Dome has many special offers for performances, including up to two children being able to join for one pound each when with a full priced adult ticket.

A single show ticket can range from £12.50 to £39.50. There is also a three-concert saver ticket available as well as 50 per cent discounts for children, full-time students and people on income support.

The Argus: Alex Bamford.Alex Bamford.

The programme features the works of Mozart, Brahms, Elgar and Ravel but also includes film, folk music and Argentinian tango.

The film programme on March 6, which features the 1920 films Oliver Twist and One Week, is an “exciting performance of silent film and live music” combined.

Joanna MacGregor, music director at Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO), told The Argus how excited the orchestra is to return to live performing in front of crowds.

The Argus: Joanna MacGregor is Music Director at BPO.Joanna MacGregor is Music Director at BPO.

She said: “This orchestra, it’s their first concert in almost two years. It’s a really special date, that first date is fantastic for them.”

BPO's first show since the pandemic began will be the Young Apollo performance on Sunday, September 26.

Joanna said: “The very first one which I’m directing, although it’s got classical music in it, it will have a very energetic vibe to the whole thing.

“So we’re opening with this big, amazingly exhilarating short piece from Britten when he was very young, and then we’re also putting in the tango of Piazzolla and although Mozart is classical, it will be done in a way that is incredibly entertaining.”

Another performance that Joanna earmarked will be A Celtic Christmas on December 5, with Kathryn Tickell who plays the Northumbrian pipes and is a composer.

Joanna said: “She’s an absolutely fantastic folk musician and raconteur, she is extremely funny.

“So what we’re doing is having her on the stage with the orchestra and we will be doing bits of folk music and orchestral stuff. She’s an absolutely sensational player.”

When does the programme start and end?

The orchestra’s programme runs from the end of September all the way to New Year’s Eve, before returning in February 2022.

BPO will then return from February 22 until March 27, with the majority of performances on Sunday afternoons at 2.45pm.

The orchestra will mostly be performing at Brighton Dome, but also have two performances at the University of Sussex, as well as two Christmas performances on December 18 at St Luke’s Church.

Joanna said: “Everybody is so happy to be back on stage and playing for live audiences again because we’ve all been doing stuff on Zoom and live streams.

“But it is so different to being live on stage, talking and playing for the audience so we’re all really thrilled to be back at the Dome.”

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