Philharmonia Orchestra Audio Podcast
Three Choirs Festival - 300 Years of Music Making

This week's Backstage Pass podcast is all about the oldest music festival in the world, the Three Choirs Festival. This year marks the 300th anniversary of the event. As the resident orchestra at the festival we were keen to mark this special event by bringing the behind-the-scenes experience of the Three Choirs to your ears.

Tune in to hear more from this unique event with interviews from the festival's artistic director, Geraint Bowen, the Philharmonia roadies and our players.

Direct download: Three_Choirs_Festival_-_300_Years_of_Music_Making.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 2:49pm UTC

Henley Festival Special - Feat. Gregory Porter, Laura Mvula, Alison Balsom...

Our latest podcast is a special extended edition of Backstage Pass, recorded live at Henley Festival. On the 10 July 2015 the Philharmonia Orchestra performed with Gregory Porter, Alison Balsom, Laura Mvula, Shona McGarty, Ballet Black and Ji Liu in a celebration of George Gershwin's music, led by Troy Miller and Fabio D'Andrea. Follow the musicians backstage in this episode for a glimpse of this spectacular event.

The podcast features interviews with Alison Balsom, Gregory Porter, Laura Mvula and dancers from Ballet Black as well as a host of other special guests. 

Direct download: Henley_Festival_Special_-_Feat._Laura_Mvula_Gregory_Porter_Alison_Balsom.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 9:17am UTC

Bringing King Richard III to Life - Exclusive Access to our Latest Education Project

This week's Backstage Pass is a behind-the-scenes documentary about the orchestra's latest education project. We follow 300 young singers and instrumentalists as they rehearse a work inspired by the discovery of Richard III in a Leicester car park. Composed by John Webb with creative input from the students, the musicians go on to complete a fantastic world premiere performance side by side with members of the Philharmonia.

Share the experience of the group as they find their feet with this ambitious composition, The Last Plantagenet.

Direct download: Bringing_Richard_the_Third_to_Life_in_Music.m4a
Category:music -- posted at: 10:52am UTC

Avengers: Age Of Ultron - composer Brian Tyler on recording the soundtrack from Abbey Road Studios

Earlier this year the Philharmonia Orchestra recorded tracks for Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron soundtrack from Abbey Road Studios, London. For this special edition of Backstage Pass we are happy to feature an extended interview with the film's composer Brian Tyler.

Welcome to the musical world of Tony Stark, The Hulk, Black Widow, Captain America, Thor, and many more epic Marvel superheros.

*NEW SERIES* Philharmonia Orchestra Backstage Pass: Dreaming With Ravel

Talking bats, humanlike cats and tall hats - welcome to the world of Ravel and his opera l'Enfant et les Sortilèges. This episode we talk to world renowned soprano Barbara Hannigan about her role as the Princess, Esa-Pekka Salonen on the magic of Ravel and director Irina Brown from backstage at the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall.

If that isn't enough of a glimpse backstage, you'll hear from the costume designer, assistant conductor, Philharmonia Voices and Parisian soloists.

Direct download: Backstage_Pass_Dreaming_with_Ravel_1.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 2:02pm UTC

*NEW SERIES* Philharmonia Orchestra Backstage Pass: The Blue Planet in Concert

Step beyond the stage to the edge of the ocean with a special edition of Backstage Pass. This episode takes you behind the scenes of The Blue Planet in Concert.  From David Attenborough to the Royal Festival Hall stage, discover the magic of George Fenton's music and listen to audience reactions on the night.

Direct download: Backstage_Pass_The_Blue_Planet_Live.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 5:23pm UTC