From “The Philharmonia Orchestra has today announced The Philharmonia Sessions, a summer programme of 3 world-class free digital concerts, broadcast on YouTube and conceived and created especially for an online audience. The three concerts will each be 50 minutes long and performed and recorded in accordance with social distancing rules.”

John’s concert will be broadcast on Friday 17th July at 7pm. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding cellist, 21 year-old Sheku Kanneh-Mason joins the Philharmonia to perform Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No 1, in a programme that also includes the exquisite Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. Both to be conducted by John Wilson.”

John Wilson Large Gallery

John’s last appearance before an orchestra was at the Royal Festival Hall back on 27 February,  when he conducted Samuel Barber’s Essay No 1, along with Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D Major and Elgar’s Sketches for Symphony No 3.

Interim Managing Director of the Philharmonia Orchestra Michael Fuller: “We are delighted to be presenting the first Philharmonia performances since we last stood together onstage at our Southbank Centre home, on Sunday 15 March 2020… We have been determined to move as quickly as possible to getting the orchestra playing again, and to return to serving our audiences. [Re digital delivery of the concert]: Having invested in a digital programme of work for over a decade, the Philharmonia is in a good position to create this new format and continue our sector-leading work. We want to offer this music to all during this unexpected and difficult time and we hope it brings some measure of comfort and healing. We are simply thrilled to be performing again.”

From “Performed with a chamber-size orchestra, the Philharmonia Sessions will be filmed several days in advance of their broadcast and will be presented alongside documentary material about the process of creating socially distanced performances in the unique current circumstances. The full programme will be announced in due course. During the broadcasts, the Orchestra will ask those that can to make a donation. Access to the arts is a fundamental right, so the Philharmonia Sessions are free and for everyone. However, this work, and the Orchestra’s ability to plan for the future is only made possible thanks to the support of Friends and Donors. Audience donations will keep the Philharmonia playing and secure the future of the Orchestra.”

Here’s the link to the Philharmonia’s YouTube channel.

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