PHILHARMONIC FRIENDS is a brand-new youth orchestra in Brighton for children aged 8-13 years. Our next exciting project is our EASTER HOLIDAY 2018 Club,
April 3-6, 2018


The orchestra is run by two Brighton-based musicians, Bernd Rest and Rosie Brown. They love inspiring young musicians, and pride themselves on their ability to make music-making fun, and genuinely accessible and rewarding for children from all musical backgrounds and skill levels.

Bernd Rest GCLCM MMus

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Bernd is a guitarist, composer, music arranger and guitar teacher. He studied jazz and contemporary music at Leeds College of Music and classical composition at King’s College, London. Bernd plays acoustic and electric guitar in various groups, composes for his own ensemble and writes scores for films and TV. Apart from his performing and composing activities, Bernd has a wealth of experience teaching classical guitar at all levels and running school orchestras, mixed ensembles and guitar ensembles in primary and secondary schools. He also works as composer in residence for ARK Schools, writing custom arrangements for a wide range of instrumental and vocal ensembles.

Rosie Brown BA Hons MA PGCE


Rosie is a musician and teacher. One of her great loves is sharing music with others, and she brings warmth and vibrancy to music lessons and performances. She teaches voice and piano and, in her role as a primary school teacher, has enjoyed running various school orchestras and choirs, always developing a great rapport with her groups. As a singer, songwriter and guitarist Rosie has had many years’ experience performing, recording and writing music. With Bernd and her band, she has released three acclaimed albums of original songs. Rosie and Bernd are currently working on an album of traditional children’s songs. Rosie is excited about a variety of music education projects she is setting up – not least Philharmonic Friends!