Philharmonia Orchestra’s New Residency At The Marlowe Theatre Is Announced

The Marlowe Theatre and the Philharmonia Orchestra have announced the Philharmonia Orchestra’s new residency at The Marlowe Theatre from November 2011.

The residency, the first by a major symphony orchestra in Kent, will see the orchestra perform a series of concerts at The Marlowe Theatre each year, as well as forging links with local education organisations. The Philharmonia and The Marlowe Theatre are also proud to announce the support of Classic FM.

Marlowe Theatre Director Mark Everett said: “The relationship between the new Marlowe Theatre and the Philharmonia Orchestra is a significant development in the enjoyment and encouragement of music-making at the highest level of quality in East Kent – and beyond. The annual concert series will bring audiences of all kinds to Canterbury, and young people in particular will be encouraged to enjoy music through the education events that the theatre and orchestra will provide.”

Managing Director of the Philharmonia David Whelton explained how this first season encapsulates the orchestra’s beliefs about music-making outside London: “The Philharmonia’s approach to orchestral residencies has always been founded on the principle that we should perform with exactly the same artists and repertoire whether we are performing in London, Vienna, New York, Leicester or Canterbury. Kent has a wonderful, dynamic arts scene and incredible music provision in its schools and universities. We are looking forward to becoming an integral part of Kent’s musical life.”

Darren Henley, Managing Director of Classic FM, said: “As a long-term partner of the Philharmonia Orchestra we are delighted to be working with the Philharmonia and The Marlowe Theatre to support their partnership and the first major symphony orchestra residency in Kent.”

In this first season, the Philharmonia Orchestra will perform at The Marlowe in November, February, April and May 2012. Julian Lloyd Webber, Leif Segerstam and Vladimir Ashkenazy are some of the names appearing. For full details go to

Photography by Tim Stubbings

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