Folk music

BPO announces new season at Brighton Dome and encourages new fans

The BRIGHTON Philharmonic Orchestra has announced its next season starting in September and is encouraging new people to attend its exciting program, which includes folk music and special movie nights.

The program designed by leading musician Joanna MacGregor has been carefully selected to offer a wide range of music in the classical world.

The Dome has many special offers for shows, including up to two children who can join for a pound each with a full price adult ticket.

A single show ticket can range from £ 12.50 to £ 39.50. There is also a three concert saver ticket as well as 50% discounts for children, full-time students, and those on income support.

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On the program, works by Mozart, Brahms, Elgar and Ravel as well as cinema, folk music and Argentine tango.

The March 6 film program, which features the 1920 films Oliver Twist and One Week, is a combined “thrilling performance of silent film and live music”.

Joanna MacGregor, Music Director of the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO), told The Argus how excited the orchestra was to return to perform in front of the crowd.

The Argus: Joanna MacGregor is Music Director at BPO.Joanna MacGregor is Music Director at BPO.

She said: “This orchestra is their first concert in almost two years. It’s a really special date, this first date is fantastic for them.

BPO’s first show since the start of the pandemic will be the Young Apollo show on Sunday, September 26.

Joanna said: “The very first one that I conduct, although it contains classical music, it will have a very energetic vibe overall.

“So we start with this big and incredibly exhilarating short piece by Britten when he was very young, and then we also put in Piazzolla’s tango and although Mozart is classical, it will be done in a way that is incredibly entertaining.”

Another performance that Joanna has booked will be A Celtic Christmas on December 5th, with Kathryn Tickell who plays Northumbrian bagpipes and is a songwriter.

Joanna said, “She’s an absolutely fantastic folk musician and storyteller, she’s extremely funny.

“So what we do is have him on stage with the orchestra and we’ll do folk music and orchestral stuff. She is an absolutely sensational player.

When does the program start and end?

The orchestra’s program runs from late September to New Year’s Eve, before returning in February 2022.

BPO will then return from February 22 to March 27, with the majority of performances on Sunday afternoons at 2:45 p.m.

The orchestra will perform primarily at Brighton Dome, but will also have two performances at the University of Sussex, as well as two Christmas performances on December 18 at St Luke’s Church.

Joanna said, “Everyone’s so happy to be back on stage and performing for a live audience again because we’ve all been doing Zoom and live stuff.

“But it’s so different being on stage, speaking and performing for the audience, so we’re all really excited to be back at the Dome.”

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