BE PHIL Orchestra

Play under the baton of Simon Rattle!

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

It is the dream of many amateur musicians: once in their lives to be on the concert stage of the Berlin Philharmonie in the place normally occupied by the Berliner Philharmoniker, and to play under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle. With our education programme's BE PHIL Orchestra, this dream will soon come true for 92 amateur musicians. On 21 May 2018, they will perform Johannes Brahms' First Symphony of as part of our Open Day.

Amateur musicians from all over the world

1900 amateur musicians from all over the world answered our call and applied for the BE PHIL Orchestra. Our 12 jurors, all members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, selected 92 participants from 1,000 applications. The orchestra is made up of music-loving amateurs from 30 countries, including Australia, Japan, Korea, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, Brazil, India and Israel. At 15.977 km, our participant from Melbourne has probably the longest journey. Our musicians are between 10 and 75 years old. The vast majority is made up of pupils and students, followed by participants from the service sector and the medical and legal professions. Music students represent 8% of the BE PHIL Orchestra. 

What happens next

The selected participants organise their journey to Berlin and accommodation themselves. The rehearsals will be held under professional conditions, with experienced orchestra musicians and Simon Rattle leading the rehearsals. The concert will be held in the Philharmonie and shown live in the Digital Concert Hall. An unforgettable experience for all participants!



The BE PHIL Orchestra at a glance


  • Rehearsals: 17 – 21 May 2018
  • Concert: 21 May 2018

A reimbursement of travel and accommodation costs is unfortunately not possible.

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Johannes Brahms
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, op. 68

Musical direction:
Sir Simon Rattle

Rehearsal leaders:
Stanley Dodds and other musicians of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Simon Rattle conducts an orchestra of music lovers in 2012. Rehearsal with Stanley Dodds



21 May 2018,


Mon, 21 May 2018, 12:00

Open House

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