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. This dream can soon come true with our Education Programme’s BE PHIL Orchestra project. We are looking for 100 amateur musicians from all over the world who have the time, desire and skills to perform Johannes Brahms’s First Symphony on 21 May 2018 as part of our open day.

The application deadline has expired

The application deadline for the BE PHIL Orchestra has now expired. A jury of musicians from the Berliner Philharmoniker will select the participants from the videos which have been submitted. The successful applicants won’t be announced until the beginning of February, so we ask for your patience.

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


  • Application (submission of videos): 3 – 10 January 2018 (expired!)
  • Announcement of successful applicants: from 1 February 2018
  • 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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