The orchestra have announced full details of its online series starting on the 16th July.

(c)Camilla Greenwell.

The Philharmonia Orchestra have today announced the full programme for its upcoming The Philharmonia Sessions online series filmed at the Battersea Arts Centre.

This newly announced programme of three free digital concerts will open with Sheku Kanneh-Mason joining the Orchestra to perform Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1, in a programme that also includes Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, both conducted by John Wilson on Thursday 16th July at 7pm.

The second concert in the series will take place on the 22nd August at 11am with a family concert conducted by Holly Mathieson and presented by Lucy Drever. Created for families, the performance is built around the theme of ‘connection’, of joining together after the lockdown. It will include Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and George Walker’s Lyric for Strings.

Meanwhile, the series will conclude on Thursday 17th September at 7pm with Paavo Järvi conducting the orchestra in Schubert’s Symphony No. 5, with  Nicola Benedetti also performing Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending.

The Philharmonia Sessions were created in partnership with Classical FM. Each session will be streamed on Classic FM’s Facebook page.

Talking about the news, Michael Fuller, Interim Managing Director of the Philharmonia Orchestra, said: “We are delighted to present the Philharmonia Sessions to audiences in the UK and across the world this summer. This series is a start for the Philharmonia after the long shutdown, and a prelude to more intensive online performance activity in the autumn, to be announced soon.The Philharmonia Sessions are presented in the most uncertain of times for the whole sector, but we have been determined to get the Philharmonia playing again and finding creative ways to share our music with audiences worldwide. Many thanks to our partners at Classic FM, to our generous supporters and audiences, and of course to Arts Council England.”

Performed with a chamber-size orchestra, the Philharmonia Sessions will be filmed several days in advance of their broadcast at Battersea Arts Centre. During the broadcasts, the Orchestra will ask those that can to make a donation. 

To find out more about the orchestra and to make a donation visit: https://philharmonia.co.uk/