COVID-19 update: all live concerts to the beginning of August 2020 are sadly cancelled; help secure the future of the orchestra through our Keep the Philharmonia Playing appeal.

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Online experiences in music: at home with Philharmonia players

Philharmonia strings in rehearsal

The players of the Philharmonia Orchestra, like so many people around the world, have been at home these past weeks, in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some of our members have put that time to creative use, creating videos to keep our community entertained online. A selection are below, and there are many more to come in the days ahead.

You can find all the videos below, plus much, much more on our YouTube channel. If you like what you find there, please subscribe to our channel. We are a short number of subscribers away from our target of 100,000.

And do get in touch, with requests, comments and questions. You can reach us via all our social media channels, and by emailing digital@philharmonia.co.uk.

Thank you.

Keep the Philharmonia Playing appeal

The COVID-19 pandemic poses fundamental challenges to live music. We face significant uncertainty as the global fight against coronavirus goes on and the concert halls are closed.

Music can help at a time like this – individually, to find a sense of perspective, and collectively, to connect with one another. Orchestras are uniquely able to make this happen and, with your support, the Philharmonia will continue to do so.

Over the next few months we aim, through the efforts of this appeal, to help secure the future of the Philharmonia, as we (temporarily) reinvent what an orchestra is and does.

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At-home videos

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Jason Evans: Stars & Stripes Forever, for 8 trumpets

If there’s one thing you can’t say about our players, it’s that they don’t know how to keep themselves entertained. Here’s how Principal Trumpet Jason Evans has been keeping busy while in isolation.
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Violinist Emily Davis answers your questions

Our No. 2 2nd violin Emily Davis joins us from her conservatory to tell us a bit about herself, give some tips for caring for your instrument, answer YouTube subscriber questions, and play us a bit of music.
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Cellist Alex Rolton plays Saint-Saëns's 'The Swan'

A staple of the solo repertoire as you've never heard it before. Philharmonia cellist Alex Rolton performs his unique take on 'The Swan', from Saint-Saëns's Carnival of the Animals.
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Cellist Karen Stephenson: Over the Rainbow

Our No. 2 Cello Karen's mum was in hospital and received wonderful care from the NHS and some truly inspiring nurses, so here's a personal thank you from Karen and her son Jack, part of #clapforourcarers.
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Violinist Adrián Varela: Piazzolla's 'Libertango'

Time for a musical treasure hunt: 1st Violin Adrián Varela has buried 11 famous pieces of classical music in his arrangement of Piazzolla's 'Libertango' for four violins. Have a listen, and see how many you can identify.

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