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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has residencies throughout England in Northampton, Lowestoft, Ipswich, Cambridge, Reading, Crawley, Croydon and in London’s Cadogan Hall.

Arts Council funding helps with the orchestra’s core costs, their extensive regional programme of concerts and their award-winning education and community programme, RPO RESOUND.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £940,917
  • 2013-2014: £965,577
  • 2014-2015: £987,609

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Conversations with Alexandra Dariescu Experience the magic of Tchaikovsky's most celebrated works in an unmissable matinee performance of music by the Russian master, featuring the incomparable Piano Concerto No.1 performed by the talented Alexandra Dariescu and the one and only 1812 Overture. Drama, cannon fire, and a sensational firework finale form this breathtaking gala. Concert programme: Swan Lake: excerpts Piano Concerto No.1 Capriccio Italien The Nutcracker: excerpts 1812 Overture Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Grzegorz Nowak - conductor Alexandra Dariescu - pianist

About Me: Paddock School

As part of the Northern Trust: Young Person's Music & Mentoring Programme, RPO musicians and volunteers from Northern Trust spent over a week working with students with severe learning disabilities and Autistic Spectrum Disorders at Paddock Secondary School. Through informal concerts, creative workshops, mentoring sessions and a final performance, the pupils created and performed their very own music about their personal identities for family, staff and peers.

Player Profile: John Roberts (Principal Oboe)

Principal Oboe John Roberts speaks to Bob Jones.

Me, Myself & I

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is working with global financial services company Northern Trust, to deliver the 'Northern Trust: Young Person's Music & Mentoring Programme'. Me, Myself & I was the first project of this programme. The concept was to offer Y5 students at Myatt Garden & Beecroft Garden Primary Schools the opportunity to explore their ambitions, goals and dreams with world-class musicians in a project that brings together the expertise of both the RPO and Northern Trust.

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Behind the Lines Summer School

The Behind the Lines Summer School was the grand finale of a year-long partnership between RPO resound and Westminster Music Library, exploring music and composers of World War One. Participants devised their own creative piece, depicting a day in the life of a soldier, which was premiered at St John’s Smith Square on Thursday 7 August 2014. The Behind the Lines programme is generously funded by Arts Council England.

Trailer: Symphonic Rock 2014

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We Got Rhythm

Young musicians and dancers from Cambridgeshire were able to challenge their creativity by working alongside another art form in January 2014. By taking George Gershwin's 'I Got Rhythm' as inspiration, Workshop Leader Paul Griffiths and members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra worked in partnership with Cambridgeshire Music to deliver a ground-breaking cross-arts Music & Dance project.

La bohème Creative Project with RLSB

Participants from the Royal London Society for Blind People joined musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, students from the Royal College of Music and composer Hannah Conway to explore the music of Puccini's opera La bohème and create their own pieces in response. The workshop was supported by The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers.

John Lill celebrates his 70th birthday, part one (Southbank Centre)

Bob Jones, from Classic FM interviews John Lill ahead of his 70th birthday celebrations with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Player Profile: Duncan Riddell

In this interview at Cadogan Hall, Duncan Riddell speaks to Bob Jones about the demands of his role and his experience in the Orchestra.

What the World Needs Now: The Music of Burt Bacharach

Richard Balcombe conducts the Overture to Promises, Promises with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, in a recording session at Angel Studios, July 2012. The Royal Philharmonic will perform the music of Burt Bacharach, in two concerts dedicated to the prolific songwriter's work, on Friday 14th February 2014 at Cadogan Hall, London, and Saturday 15th February 2014 at Fairfield Halls, Croydon. Music by Burt Bacharach & Hal David. With thanks to Ian Maclay, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Angel Studios.

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Westminster Urban Orchestra -- Oct/Nov 2013

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RPO resound 20th Anniversary Video

Narrated by Stephen Fry, this video offers a glimpse into the ground-breaking education and community work carried out by RPO resound across the UK.

Ipswich Partnership Programme

Throughout September and October 2013, members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra have been visiting Ipswich schools and music centres to work with local young people, prior to their concert at the Ipswich Regent Theatre on Friday 18 October.

Tchaikovsky Gala 2013

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra play great works by Tchaikovsky at Royal & Derngate, Northampton on Sunday 17th November. Featuring conductor Barry Wordsworth and pianist Peter Donohoe.

First Time Live

In March 2013, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra delivered an education project that saw local children choose music for concerts that were performed by the Orchestra at The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe. As part of a series of projects called First Time Live, the event has given young people between the ages of 11 and 16 the experience of working with classical music in a new way, by planning, programming and presenting a concert. Participants from local schools were selected to take part and worked with the Orchestra over three weekends between January and March, and were mentored in the interim through a secure, online social-learning forum called Makewaves.

Conversations with Alexandra Dariescu. Bexhill-on-Sea Introduction

Tchaikovsky Gala Saturday 1 June 2013 7.30pm De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex Box Office: 01424 229 111 TCHAIKOVSKY Marche Slave TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No.1 TCHAIKOVSKY Capriccio Italien TCHAIKOVSKY The Nutcracker Suite (excerpts) TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture A spectacular and explosive concert paying tribute to the genius of Tchaikovsky, from the immortal Piano Concerto No.1 to his most popular ballet score, The Nutcracker. Three great showpieces complete the programme -- the powerful Marche Slave, the sunny Capriccio Italien and the explosive 1812 Overture.

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