The Belfast Philharmonic Society (affectionately known as "The Phil"), led by music director Stephen Doughty, is Northern Ireland's only symphonic choir and
the 2014/15 season will see us celebrating our 140th anniversary
with a specially commissioned piece to be performed at the end of that season.
The choir performs at least 4 programmes per year, many alongside the Ulster Orchestra, including performances of Handel's Messiah every Christmas since 1886!
"Last Friday's performance of The Messiah by the Ulster Orchestra and the Belfast Philharmonic was one of the best I have heard for many years."
© Alf McCreary, Belfast Telegraph 21st December 2013
Our repertoire is varied and includes many major works - Mendelssohn's Elijah and Dream of Gerontius, Mozart Requiem, Brahms' German Requiem,
works by Bach, Beethoven, Rossini, Bruckner, Karl Jenkins and many more.
Recent concerts include a collaboration with Belfast
Film Festival and Ulster Orchestra to perform the
music of Patrick Doyle in the films of Sir Kenneth
Branagh; the world premier of Titanic Requiem, a commemoration of those lost on the Titanic, perfomed in both St Anne's Cathedral and St Peter's Cathedral.
The choir has also accompanied Kathryn Jenkins at the Odyssey Arena and sung with Ennio Morriconi and his orchestra for Belfast Festival at Queens.
Thinking of joining us?
Why not come along to our next Open Rehearsal on
Wednesday 3rd September and
get a taste of what being in the Phil is all about.
Rehearsals take place at St Bride's Parish Centre, Derryvolgie Avenue,
Belfast from 7.30 - 9.45 pm and singers travel from across Northern Ireland to