Behind every piece of music and every musician lies a story. The Philharmonia Orchestra has been a leader in the production of online media for over a decade, specialising in high-quality content praised for its distinctiveness, depth and accessibility.
Regular film releases bring the Philharmonia’s artists, repertoire and projects to life. Our unique approach brings you the stories behind the music, with over 350 films available on a range of subjects including our popular instrument guides, in-depth interviews and documentaries filmed on location around the world.
Films can be found on our YouTube, Vimeo and iTunes channels as well as in the Explore section of this website. You can subscribe to these channels to keep up to date on the latest releases:
Our films are produced in-house with a specialised team employed full-time to create content to enrich the experiences of current and future audiences.
The Philharmonia specialises in producing media-rich mini-sites for our flagship concerts series. Mini-sites invite audiences to dig deeper into a series and provide a number of journeys for discovery. From interactive maps and timelines, to collections of essays, photographs and specially commissioned films, these sites help place the music within a wider cultural and historical context. Content weaves in topics such as contemporary art, literature, technology, popular music and world events for a distinct, immersive experience.
Our most recent site is Stravinsky’s journeys. Stravinsky’s life unfurls as an interactive timeline full of new films, animated maps, archive photography, world events and anecdotes, along with links to book tickets and to recordings of the concerts on BBC iPlayer.
Our 70th Anniversary site takes the user through highlights of the past 70 years of the Philharmonia Orchestra, with audio, video and photos from the archives.
Our City of Light: Paris, 1900-1950 mini-site, produced in 2015, is centered on an interactive map of Paris in 1900. Audiences can explore the theatres, composer residences and sights of Paris. Seventeen films were created for the series, filmed on location in Paris and “Street Notes”, a multimedia experience, introduces today’s Parisians and their musical tastes.
Some of our sites remain live after the series has ended. They are no longer updated, but contain large amounts of resource materials. You can still visit:
Our audio podcast, Backstage Pass, explores behind-the-scenes of a variety of different performances. All episodes are available on SoundCloud and iTunes – from an interview with Avengers: Age of Ultron composer Brian Tyler to coverage of Henley Festival featuring Gregory Porter and Laura Mvula.