Philharmonia Orchestra

Philharmonia Orchestra

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Philharmonia Orchestra

The Philharmonia Orchestra is one of the world's great orchestras. Widely acknowledged for its pioneering approach to the role of an orchestra in the 21st century, the Philharmonia leads the field for the quality of its playing and its innovative work with residencies, music education, audience development and the use of new technology to reach a global audience.

Founded 1945

  • Mission statement

    The Philharmonia Orchestra performs 160 concerts a year alongside many of the world’s greatest conductors and soloists, including its current Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen. The Orchestra’s home is Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall in the heart of London, where the Philharmonia has been resident since 1995.

    In addition to visionary artistic projects and series’ at Royal Festival Hall, the Orchestra is committed to presenting the same world-class, live music-making in venues throughout the country, especially in its UK residencies – Bedford’s Corn Exchange, De Montfort Hall in Leicester, the Marlowe, Canterbury, and The Anvil in Basingstoke.

    Central to the Philharmonia and Esa-Pekka Salonen’s work in London, the UK and internationally are their digital projects, all of which are designed to communicate the thrill of the experience of a live orchestra to audiences outside the concert hall.

    Furthermore, the Philharmonia’s Education Department aims to inspire and engage as broad an audience as possible via an imaginative portfolio of participatory and educational projects, which sit at the core of the Orchestra’s activity.

    Through its UK residencies, education projects, use of new technology, and extensive schedule of engagements, recordings, and international tours, the Philharmonia Orchestra aims to sit at the heart of British musical life.

  • Aims

    Philharmonia Orchestra aims to:

    • Present world-class live music in venues throughout the UK, including Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall and our other UK residencies.
    • Work with associated artists to deliver visionary artistic projects which maintain our position at the heart of British musical life.
    • Inspire and engage as broad an audience as possible through imaginative participatory and educational projects.
    • Communicate the thrill of the live orchestral experience to audiences outside the concert hall through the use of new technology.
  • Overview

    Established: October 1945

    Registered Charity Number: 250277

    Board members: 9

    Full time staff: 36

    Part time staff: 7

    Volunteers: 46

    Phone number: 020 7921 3903

    Address: Philharmonia Orchestra 6 Chancel Street London SE1 0UX

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