"...The concert was crowned by a performance of The Rite of Spring that was absolutely outstanding. The rich acoustic of St John’s is ideal for the overwhelming power and sensitivity which lies within this extraordinarily original masterpiece, every element of which was admirably conveyed.”
Musical Opinion

Charities Philharmonia was formed in 2006 under the musical direction of Michael Alexander Young with the vision of providing ‘outstanding music for outstanding causes'.

It has since performed seasons of highly successful concerts in aid of Cancer Research UK, the NSPCC, Dreams Come True, the Red Cross and the Musicians Benevolent Fund, raising funds and awareness for the charities and receiving excellent reviews and responses from both critics and audience alike. Concerts have included sell-out performances at the South Bank and St John's Smith Square.

The orchestra consists of professional musicians and selected students from the London conservatoires and has collaborated with internationally recognised soloists including Alina Ibragimova and Ruth Palmer (Classical Brit Best Young Artist winners in 2009 and 2008 respectively), along with Gordan Nikolic, Thomas Carrol, Morgan Szymanski, Victor Aviat, Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Luis Pares.

Working in association with the charity Dreams Come True and Classic FM, the orchestra initiated a series of Young Composers Awards. Winners have included Dimitris Economou (2009) and Alfie Pugh (2011).

In addition to acting as a platform for up and coming young artists, we also plan to increase our schools projects and outreach programmes - promoting classical music amongst school children from different socio-economic groups and those with special needs.

The orchestra is run solely on a not-for-profit basis and all those involved are donating their time.