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Herbert Blomstedt: a timeline

Not many conductors have enjoyed a career as extensive as Herbert Blomstedt’s. He was 18 when the Philharmonia was founded, and 23 when the Royal Festival Hall was opened. Read more in our timeline.

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Meet American composer Jessie Montgomery

We spoke to Jessie Montgomery ahead of our performance of her work, Strum, about her process as a composer, the importance of art in the community and much more.

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Joshua Bell credit Phillip Knott (website)

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Meet Joshua Bell

Ahead of his first performance with the Philharmonia in more than 10 years, we asked Joshua about Antonín Dvořák’s Violin Concerto and his relationship to Paavo Järvi. And we also learned how he fell in love with his Stadivarius.

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New Chief Executive Officer announced

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Meet John Williams

A profile by Alex Prideaux

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Bruce Liu on what drives him and undiscovered musical gems

Bruce Liu joins us on 10 March for an all Tchaikovsky programme with Santtu-Matias Rouvali. We spoke to last year’s Chopin Competition winner about the approach to his musicianship and what to look out for in Tchaikovsky’s second piano concerto.

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Gaspard's Foxtrot Concert credit James Mayhew (website)

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Meet Gaspard the Fox creators Zeb Soanes and James Mayhew

We spoke to Zeb and James Mayhew, illustrator of the Gaspard the Fox books, about their first musical experiences and what character of the books they relate to most.

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John Wilson on how he became a conductor and Elgar's First Symphony

Ahead of our concert on Thursday 10 February, we spoke to John Wilson about how he started to conduct and his relationship to the First Symphony by Elgar.

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Scheherazade Listening Guide

A listening guide to Rimsky-Korsakov’s piece telling the tale of Scheherazade, the young bride from the Arabian Nights who protects herself from death by telling nightly stories.

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Steven Isserlis on his children's books and musical jokes

Ahead of our concert on Sunday 16 January, we asked Steven Isserlis about his relationship to the Philharmonia, his musical storybooks and humour in Haydn’s music.

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Human / Nature: how the series inspired us on our sustainability journey

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Santtu-Matias Rouvali (c) Mark Allan

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The Nutcracker Suite Family Listening Guide

Cymbal crashes, fairies and dancing flowers – follow Clara’s musical adventure in Tchaikovsky’s timeless Nutcracker Suite.

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Philharmonia perform R. Strauss with new Principal Conductor, Santtu-Matias Rouvali at the RFH credit Mark Allan

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Philharmonia Orchestra to receive £412,690 from third round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

This award will enable the organisation to fulfil its ambitious return to large-scale orchestral performances in its London home and across its UK residencies

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Meet Concert Master Benjamin Marquise Gilmore

Ahead of our concert András Schiff: a Feast of Mozart, we spoke to Benjamin Marquise Gilmore about Mozart and his role as a Concert Master.

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6 questions with Sarah Connolly

Ahead of our concert Mahler: The Song of the Earth, we spoke to mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly about her relationship to Mahler’s music.

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