Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra


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Summer Concert

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We open our summer concert with Nielsen’s Helios Overture, which was written during a trip to Greece and evokes the sun rising over the Aegean Sea. We are joined by soloist Yong-Jun Lee for Dvorak’s Cello Concerto and close our 2020 concert season with the searing intensity of Walton’s Symphony No. 1.

Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra

Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra makes a unique contribution to the musical life of the region. We have a season of at least five concerts per year, including our acclaimed 'Rule Britannia' concert and a hugely popular Christmas Concert. All are performed in the stunning acoustics of the Grade II-listed 'Art Deco' Worthing Assembly Hall. Our members come from across the south coast area and include professional and semi-professional musicians, university and college students, peripatetic teachers and keen local amateur musicians. With a full strength membership of over 75 musicians we are able to cover a wide repertoire, including major Classical and Romantic symphonies and concerti, as well as large-scale 20th Century orchestral works and choral works. As well as collaboration with major international soloists, Worthing Philharmonic is particularly proud to provide a platform for 'rising star' young soloists and composers. We have well-established links to the Munster Trust, Worthing Music and Arts Festival, the Worthing Choral Society, the Boundstone Chorus and local school choirs. The musical development of our excellent local musicians is helped by frequent 'repertoire reading' rehearsals. These can also provide opportunities for 'up-and-coming' soloists to rehearse new material and prepare for concerts. Worthing Philharmonic is proud of its partnership with the prestigious 'Tonmeister' sound recording course at the University of Surrey, providing an opportunity for the sound engineers of the future to record a full symphony orchestra. We are a community orchestra united by the principle of producing fantastic musical performances for all. A sign of the orchestra's success is that it thrives without the financial support of the Borough, and has established itself as a self-governing charity, truly dedicated to the musical well-being of the community. The current Music Director, Dominic Grier, was appointed in 2014, and since then the orchestra has gone from strength to strength under his musical guidance and innovation.

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Yong-Jun Lee

South Korean cellist Yong-Jun Lee is acknowledged as a young cellist of distinction, equally at home in solo, chamber and orchestra. As a soloist Yong-Jun has performed most notably at Cadogan Hall and Dora Stoutzker Hall, Wigmore Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields. He is equally a committed chamber musician, and has appeared at Wigmore Hall, St James’ Piccadilly, St Martin-in-the-Fields and Colston Hall. Yong-Jun has collaborated with such artists as Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Edward Gardner, Jinjoo Cho and Dominic Grier and has performed in masterclasses with Mario Brunello, Colin Carr, Sung-Won Yang, Louise Hopkins, Guy Johnston and Stephan Forck. Yong-Jun Lee began his musical studies at age 5 at the Seoul Arts Centre and later studied at the Purcell School of Music with Pal Banda. Yong-Jun is a recipient of The Marjorie Gould Award to undertake his undergraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music where since 2016 he studies under Mats Lidström.

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Dominic Grier

Dominic Grier is widely acknowledged as a young conductor of distinction, equally at home in opera, ballet and symphonic work as well as contemporary music and orchestral training. He was a permanent staff conductor at the Royal Opera House from 2008-10, affiliated with the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, and has since served as a regular guest conductor with many of the foremost ballet companies in the UK and Europe including The Royal Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Flanders Royal Ballet, Northern Ballet and Scottish Ballet. He enjoys a particularly strong connection with Birmingham Royal Ballet, where he has conducted a wide repertoire every season since 2012. He is also Music Director of the Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Assembly Hall & Richmond Room

  • Stoke Abbott Road
  • Worthing
  • BN11 1HQ

01903 206 206
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