Philharmonia Orchestra

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WHELTON, David William (born 1954), pianist, organist, music administrator; Managing Director, Philharmonia Orchestra, since 1988

BRAIN, Dennis (1921 - 1957), Soloist and Principal Horn, Philharmonia Orchestra, since 1946

McGEGAN, (James) Nicholas (born 1950), Music Director, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco, since 1985; Principal Guest Conductor, Pasadena Symphony Orchestra, since 2013

CUNDELL, Edric (1893 - 1961), composer and conductor; Principal of Guildhall School of Music and Drama 1938–59; conducted London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Sadlers Wells Opera, Cape Town Orchestra and BBC Symphony Concerts

von DOHNÁNYI, Christoph (born 1929), Principal Conductor, Philharmonia Orchestra, London, 1997–2008, now Honorary Conductor for Life; Chief Conductor, NDR Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg, 2004–10

SALONEN, Esa-Pekka (born 1958), conductor and composer; Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser, Philharmonia Orchestra, London, since 2008

MACKERRAS, (Alan) Charles (MacLaurin) (1925 - 2010), Musical Director, Welsh National Opera, 1987–92, then Conductor Emeritus; Principal Guest Conductor: Scottish Chamber Orchestra, 1992–95, then Conductor Laureate; Philharmonia Orchestra, since 2002; President, Trinity College of Music, since 2000

SARGENT, (Harold) Malcolm (Watts) (1895 - 1967), Chief Conductor BBC Symphony Orchestra, 1950 until September 1957 (subsequently Conductor-in-Chief of the Promenade Concerts and Chief Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra); Conductor Orchestral Classes, and Professor Royal College of Music, since 1923; Conductor-in-Chief Royal Choral Society, 1928; Conductor: Huddersfield Choral Society since 1932; Liverpool Welsh Choral Union since 1941; Ceramic City Choir (Hanley) since 1942; Leeds Philharmonia Society since 1949; Hon. Adviser in Music to the Royal Marines since 1949; President of the National Youth Orchestra, 1957; President, RSPCA, 1958; Joint President, London Union of Youth Clubs, 1964


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Eng. sym. orch. founded 1945 by Walter Legge primarily to make recordings for the Gramophone Co. Cond. on records and in the concert‐hall incl. Karajan, Klemperer, Toscanini, Furtwängler, Strauss, Giulini, Cantelli, and Dobrowen. Became principally assoc. with Otto Klemperer (prin. cond. 1959–73), who was made ‘conductor for life’. In 1964, after Legge had attempted to disband it, orch. became self‐governing body named New Philharmonia, the ‘New’ being dropped in 1977. Salzburg début 1990 (cond. Sinopoli). Lorin Maazel assoc. prin. cond. 1971–3; Riccardo Muti prin. cond. 1973–82; Giuseppe Sinopoli 1984–94; Christoph von Dohn´nyi 1997–2008; Esa-Pekka Salonen from 2008.

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