The Philharmonia has residencies at venues and festivals across England, giving the Orchestra a national footprint. Our residencies are more than just a series of concerts; they give us the opportunity to serve communities through the full spectrum of our output, from innovative digital to Learning & Engagement projects. We consult with local partners in each location to help design a programme of activity that embeds the Philharmonia into the cultural life of the community. We believe that this is what being an arts organisation in the 21st century is all about and is critical for the future or orchestral music.

Royal Festival Hall
Philharmonia on stage at Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre, London

The Philharmonia presents around 40 concerts at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall each year. It has been our home since 1996.

The London Season encompasses major projects with our Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen; Sunday matinees; Philharmonia at the Movies; and free early-evening concert series Music of Today and the Philharmonia Chamber Players.

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Bedford Corn Exchange

Corn Exchange, Bedford

In our longest-standing residency, since 1995, the Philharmonia presents eight concerts a year, and an extensive Learning & Engagement programme, at Bedford Corn Exchange.

The Philharmonia’s presence in the town is possible thanks to the support of the Philharmonia Orchestra in Bedford Trust, and its major partners Arts Council England, Bedford Borough Council and the Harpur Trust.

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De Montfort Hall

De Montfort Hall, Leicester

Over two decades the Philharmonia has become an integral part of the cultural offer in Leicester. The 2019/20 season is the Philharmonia Orchestra’s 23rd as Resident Orchestra at De Montfort Hall, with 10 concerts presented throughout the year.

We are grateful to Leicester City Council and the many supporters – especially our Principal Partner, De Montfort University – who make possible the work the Philharmonia brings to De Montfort Hall and the city’s communities.

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The Marlowe theatre in Canterbury, view from behind the orchestra, players on the foreground, audience in the background, house is full

The Marlowe, Canterbury

Since the theatre reopened in 2011, the Philharmonia Orchestra has been resident at The Marlowe in Canterbury. We perform seven concerts a year, and collaborate with the theatre and local partners on a range of insights and learning projects.

The Philharmonia’s series at The Marlowe is supported by Pharon Independent Financial Advisers.

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The Anvil, Basingstoke

Anvil Arts, Basingstoke

The Philharmonia has been Orchestra in Partnership at Anvil Arts, Basingstoke, since 2001. In 2019, the Orchestra opened the hall in 1994, and in 2019 performed in The Anvil’s 25th birthday celebrations, in a concert featuring Sheku Kanneh-Mason performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto.

The Anvil has one of the finest acoustics for live orchestral music in the UK.

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Cathedral concert at Three Choirs Festival, seen through a window shaped like a clover

Three Choirs Festival

The Three Choirs Festival is the world’s oldest classical music festival, established over 300 years ago. Hosted for a week each summer, the Festival rotates annually between Gloucester, Worcester and Hereford, and is centred on the respective cathedrals of those towns.

The Philharmonia is central to the festival, performing most nights with the Festival Chorus, commissioning new music and contributing chamber recitals and families concerts to the Festival’s programme.

View from the pit of Garsington Opera, orchestra in the foreground, audience in the back

Garsington Opera

The Philharmonia is Resident Orchestra at Garsington Opera in Buckinghamshire. Each year we perform as part of two or three productions (May to July) as well as collaborating on education and audience development projects.

Productions from Garsington also sometimes tour to locations internationally and most years at least one production is also streamed on the Operavision channel. Watch Smetana’s The Bartered Bride (2019) here.