2020 Update

31st December 2020



Lockdown struck just as we were to begin rehearsing for our 23 May concert – The Bells (Bartok Dance Suite, Rachmaninov Three Russian Songs, Mussorsky Songs and Dances of Death and Rachmaninov The Bells). Sadly we have had to cancel this concert and Mahler No. 2 at Ely Cathedral.

Our Music Director Tim Redmond is currently planning our 2020/21 season. As ever he has some truly imaginative ideas and we look forward to sharing them in due course! However, it’s not currently clear when we will be able to rehearse as normal and therefore begin public performances. We will update with more information in due course based on government guidelines.


As many of you know, Tim Redmond will leave us at the end of the 2020/21 season after 15 years. Tim is an inspiration and has turned the Phil into one of the leading Societies of its kind in the UK. We have been overwhelmed by the quantity and calibre of applications for the post.

The plan is that each person on the shortlist will be asked to conduct a Phil concert next season giving Members of the Society and our audience the chance to have a voice in who we appoint, whilst Tim will conduct all the other concerts including a grand finale in July.


We are using this time between concerts to refresh our Friends of the Philharmonic and we look forward to welcoming even more people into the scheme in time for next season. We’ll be increasing the benefits we offer, including a personalised concert experience and the chance to get to know some of our amazing musicians and guest artists even better. Like all arts organisations with charitable status, we derive our income from many sources – including ticket sales, business sponsorship and the support of many individuals. We look forward to telling you more about how, as a Friend of the Philharmonic, you can be a part of this extraordinary organisation and in the process help ensure we can continue to be as ambitious and musical adventurous as ever.

It goes without saying that you, our Phil supporters, are a vital part of our music making.