The orchestra is looking to the future.
Gordon Hunt, the veteran principal oboe and one of the Philharmonia’s defining lights, will share his seat from now on with Tom Blomfield, fresh out of the Royal Academy of Music.
Tom, 22, is from north Wales. He recently guested as principal with the LSO and BBCSO before the Philharmonia moved in with a contract.
Gordon Hunt previously shared his title with Christopher Cowie, who has joined the Royal Opera House orchestra.