David Whelton on the history of the Philharmonia Orchestra

All week on the Full Works Concert this week Jane Jones has been playing classic recordings of our Orchestra on Tour, the Philharmonia Orchestra. In honour of this week-long celebration, Classic FM's Lucy Coward caught up with their managing director David Whelton to find out about the history of this groundbreaking orchestra.

The Philharmonia Orchestra is one of the world’s great orchestras. Acknowledged as the UK’s foremost musical pioneer, with an extraordinary recording legacy, the Philharmonia Orchestra leads the field for its quality of playing, and for its innovative approach to audience development, residencies, music education and the use of new technologies in reaching a global audience.

In this interview Classic FM's Lucy Coward speaks to David Whelton, Managing Director of the Philharmonia all about the history of the orchestra, the secrets behind the orchestra's continued success in attracting the world's finest musicians and the many exciting projects coming up for them over the next 12 months.

Listen to our interview with David Whelton here