Philharmonia Orchestra

Philharmonia Orchestra

Led by its Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Philharmonia has a pioneering approach to the role of the modern-day symphony orchestra, reaching new audiences and participants through audience development, digital technology and learning and participation programmes. Based in London, but with residencies in cities throughout England and a thriving international touring programme and global digital reach, the Philharmonia engages with a world-wide audience.

Bailey, Patrick

Patrick Bailey has conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia (Music of Today), Britten Sinfonia, London Sinfonietta, ViVA, English Sinfonia, Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra and many others. He has given concerts across Europe and in Dubai, India, Oman and the USA. In this country he has appeared at festivals in Aldeburgh, Brighton, Bath, Buxton and Cheltenham, broadcast concerts and opera for BBC Radio 3 and recorded for NMC and Tartan Film. From 2000-2008 he was regular conductor and, from 2004, Music Director of The Opera Group with whom he conducted numerous new productions and tours including Blond Eckbert (Royal Opera House), The Shops (world premiere, Bregenz Festival, Austria) and Street Scene (Young Vic & winner of the Best Musical at the Evening Standard Awards). Other notable performances include the UK premiere of Nono’s Prometeo with the London Sinfonietta at the Royal Festival Hall.
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Philharmonia Orchestra
Patrick Bailey conductor


The Philharmonia Composers' Academy, presented in partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Society and allied to the Orchestra's prestigious Music of Today contemporary music series, annually offers the opportunity for three talented emerging composers to write an original chamber work for a Philharmonia Ensemble. Their 10-minute new works are premiered by an ensemble of Philharmonia musicians at a Music of Today concert at the Royal Festival Hall prior to a full Philharmonia Orchestra concert. In addition to this high profile performance, the composers are guided through the writing process by Music of Today Artistic Director Unsuk Chin, as well as benefitting from specially curated seminars, masterclasses, instrument exploration sessions and a 'works in progress' workshop.

In 2017 a recording and release on the NMC Recordings label has been included, enabling the works to have an international platform via online stores and streaming platforms.

This album features ensemble works by the three young composers in the Philharmonia Composers' Academy 2017.

Lisa Illean's Januaries evokes memories of summers spent as a child in Queensland, Australia - "of bull grass, my grandmother's choko vines and nights thick with heat and cicadas".Gareth Moorcraft's Reflections (after Gibbons) takes inspiration from the Fantasias for viola consort by English composer Orlando Gibbons. The Hunter's Funeral by Donghoon Shin, is the composer's response to a woodcut of the same name, created in 1890 by Moritz von Schwind. 


This release is part of our Philharmonia Composers' Academy series, find out more here.


The Philharmonia Orchestra's Composers' Academy is supported by:

We are grateful to the following for their support:

The Boltini Trust, The Leche Trust, RVW Trust.


Royal Philharmonic Society is grateful for the support of Britten-Pears Foundation, Delius Trust, Radcliffe Trust and Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation.


All works recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall, London on 21 June 2017

Recording Producer/Engineer JON STOKES at Classic Sound Ltd.

Catalogue number:
NMC DL3034
Release Date:
17 November 2017