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Carolin Widmann © Lennard Rahle
Manchester

BBC Philharmonic delivers powerhouse performances

By , 13 October 2018
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Omer Meir Wellber © Wilfried Hösl
Manchester

Omer Meir Wellber launches a new era for the BBC Philharmonic

By , 06 October 2018
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John Storgårds © Marco Borggreve
Manchester

Titanic Sibelius opens the BBC Philharmonic season

By , 22 September 2018
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Juanjo Mena © Michal Novak
London

Prom 34: Mena bids farewell to BBC Philharmonic in dynamic Anglo-American programme

By , 08 August 2018
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Paul Lewis © Kaupo Kikkas
London

Prom 15: Gernon, Lewis and the BBC Philharmonic keep things on the move

By , 25 July 2018
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John Storgårds © Marco Borggreve
London

Prom 14: Storgårds and the BBC Philharmonic go for contrasts

By , 24 July 2018
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Mark Simpson performing Magnus Lindberg's Clarinet Concerto © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 4: Mark Simpson impresses in Lindberg's Clarinet Concerto

By , 16 July 2018
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Juanjo Mena © Michal Novak
Manchester

The BBC Philharmonic say adiós to Mena

By , 09 June 2018
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Colin Currie © Marco Borggreve
Manchester

A blistering night of percussion and Mahler with the BBC Phil

By , 17 February 2018
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Sir Andrew Davis © Lucas Dawson
Manchester

Golden glow in Sir Andrew Davis' Sibelius 1 with the BBC Philharmonic

By , 27 January 2018
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Louis Lortie © Elias
Manchester

Unpolished gems: Saint-Saëns, Smetana, Sinfonietta and Chasse royale

By , 12 January 2018
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Renaud Capuçon © Mat Hennek
Manchester

Renaud Capuçon finds the tragedy in Shostakovich

By , 09 December 2017
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Arlene Sierra © Ian Phillips-McLaren
Manchester

Butterflies, landscapes and bees in Arlene Sierra's new Nature Symphony

By , 25 November 2017
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Nicholas Collon © Benjamin Ealovega
Manchester

Striking Beethoven 5 from Nicholas Collon and the BBC Philharmonic

By , 21 October 2017
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Juanjo Mena © Michal Novak
Manchester

Juanjo Mena and BBC Philharmonic unlock Mahler's Third

By , 24 September 2017
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Lise Davidsen © Charlotte Gundersen
London

Prom 33: Nordic noir meets German Expressionism

By , 10 August 2017
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Mark Wigglesworth and the BBC Philharmonic © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Prom 20: Darkness and light from Mark Wigglesworth and the BBC Philharmonic

By , 29 July 2017
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Juanjo Mena © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 17: Contemplations on death from Tchaikovsky and Simpson

By , 27 July 2017
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Ricarda Merbeth and Stuart Skelton © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 9: Refined beauty in Beethoven's Fidelio

By , 21 July 2017
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The Hallé and Sir Mark Elder © The Hallé
Manchester

A shattering Gurre-Lieder from the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic and Sir Mark Elder

By , 04 June 2017
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Rafael Payare © Luis Cobelo
Manchester

Transfigured Night: Rafael Payare debuts with the BBC Philharmonic

By , 04 March 2017
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John Storgårds © Marco Borggreve
Manchester

From Leipzig to Finland: obscurities and war horses in Manchester

By , 19 February 2017
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Ben Gernon © Hannah Taylor
Manchester

BBC Philharmonic and Ben Gernon: Relishing in Revolution

By , 04 February 2017
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John Storgårds © Marco Borggreve
Manchester

A cold bath: Storgårds and the BBC Philharmonic explore chilly landscapes

By , 05 November 2016
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Juanjo Mena and the BBC Philharmonic © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 33: Mena and the BBC Philharmonic chasing the other-worldly

By , 09 August 2016
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Juanjo Mena © Sussie Ahlburg
London

Prom 24: Dazzle and speed from Mena and BBC Philharmonic

By , 02 August 2016
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Christa Schönfeldinger (glass harmonica) © Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 23: Storgårds and the BBC Philharmonic inspire with Nielsen's Fifth

By , 01 August 2016
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The Ten Pieces Choir perform Verdi’s Dies irae and Tuba mirum © BBC | Guy Levy
London

Prom 10: Frothy and fast-paced: Ten Pieces Secondary Prom roars to life

By , 23 July 2016
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Gianandrea Noseda © Mark Allan
London

Prom 5: Hallé Choir & Manchester Chamber Choir produce wow factor in Beethoven’s Missa solemnis

By , 19 July 2016
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Vassily Sinaisky © Ulla Alderin
Manchester

A floor-shaking Mahler 2 from Sinaisky and the BBC Phil

By , 14 May 2016
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Andrew Gourlay © Johan Persson
Manchester

Inspired by Shakespeare: composers turn to the sonnets in Manchester

By , 23 April 2016
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Juanjo Mena © Sussie Ahlburg
Manchester

BBC Philharmonic's American Adventure with Russian Pictures

By , 05 March 2016
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Juanjo Mena © Sussie Ahlburg
Manchester

Juanjo Mena conducts a Bohemian programme in Manchester

By , 28 February 2016
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Juanjo Mena © Sussie Ahlburg
Manchester

A magnificent Leningrad from the BBC Philharmonic

By , 13 February 2016
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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet © Paul Mitchell
Manchester

Hindemith, Ravel and Mahler from the BBC Philharmonic

By , 29 January 2016
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John Wilson © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Manchester

Jonathan Scott stars in the BBC Philharmonic's latest American Adventure

By , 16 January 2016
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Juanjo Mena © Sussie Ahlburg
Manchester

Juanjo Mena and the BBC Philharmonic embark on an “American Adventure”

By , 04 December 2015
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Tasmin Little © Benjamin Ealovega
Manchester

Bernstein's Serenade a highlight of the BBC Phil's celebration

By , 09 October 2015
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Jarvis Cocker presents the BBC Radio 4’s Wireless Nights Prom © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 74: Watery Wireless Nights with Jarvis Cocker

By , 10 September 2015
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Juanjo Mena © Sussie Ahlburg
London

Prom 38: Hindu philosophy via Foulds and Messiaen excites and uplifts

By , 13 August 2015
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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet © Paul Mitchell
London

Prom 29: Dances with birdsong from the BBC Philharmonic

By , 07 August 2015
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Juanjo Mena © Sussie Ahlburg
London

Prom 20: BBC Philharmonic taxing and arresting in Schubert, Bedford and Bruckner

By , 01 August 2015
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Naughty Boy and Kanika Kapoor perform together at the BBC Asian Network Prom © BBC | Mark Allen
London

Prom 8: Amateur Hour: the BBC Asian Network Prom

By , 22 July 2015
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John Storgårds © Marco Borggreve
Manchester

BBC Philharmonic: Nielsen Cycle III

By , 18 June 2015
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John Storgårds © Marco Borggreve
Manchester

Blistering Nielsen from the BBC Philharmonic and John Storgårds

By , 09 June 2015
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David Wilson-Johnson © Annelies van der Vecht
Leeds

Walton's Belshazzar's Feast celebrated in Leeds

By , 30 May 2015
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Juanjo Mena © Sussie Ahlburg
Manchester

Fidelio in concert with the BBC Philharmonic and Juanjo Mena

By , 08 May 2015
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Kathryn Lund © Nikolaj Lund
Manchester

Quartet of pianists go into bat for Ravel and Rachmaninov with the BBC Philharmonic

By , 24 April 2015
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John Storgårds © Marco Borggreve
Manchester

An overwhelming account of Vaughan Williams’ Sixth Symphony

By , 21 February 2015
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John Storgårds © Marco Borggreve
Manchester

Northern European classics from Storgårds and the BBC Philharmonic

By , 11 October 2014
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