Hello from Chris

I am delighted to be launching and involved in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s blog.  Our aim is to keep you informed, not necessarily with marketing blurb (however tempting that may be!) but to tell you all about the Orchestra’s day to day activities, whether they’re in this country, abroad or in the studio – which is actually our starting point, but more of that later!  My name is Chris Evans and I am the Head of Press and Marketing; I will be blogging alongside a number of players who we will introduce to you over the coming weeks including Helen Kamminga (Board member and viola player), Erik Chapman (Board member and First Violin), Elen Haf Richards (Second Violin), Helen Keen (Principal Piccolo) and Benn Cunningham (Double Bass) – plus any others we can rope in from time to time!

The Best of 2011 (So far!)
A bit early you may say to start congratulating ourselves on ‘what a year’.  But so far in 2011 the Orchestra has already travelled to China with Pinchas Zukerman performing five concerts in three major cities, have recorded over 10 hours of music ready for several new CDs, and we have started our outstanding series of concerts at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall.  So not a bad start to the year and it’s not even February yet!

In the Studio

Henry Wood Hall
Henry Wood Hall

I promised you some recording news and it doesn’t get any better than this!  John Rutter, the king of choral music, is back after only a short break from his busy Christmas schedule.  Last weekend the Orchestra set up camp at Henry Wood Hall, and with John Rutter and The Bach Choir recorded the nation’s Top 20 Christmas carols, from Ding Dong Merrily on High to The Twelve Days of Christmas.  I have to say, attending some of the recording sessions I felt a lot more Christmassy than I did in December!  Chatting to John I found out how busy he had been recently, writing new arrangements in his composer cottage, where he isn’t disturbed by life’s many interruptions. 

John Rutter at Henry Wood Hall

John Rutter recording at Henry Wood Hall

You can now gather why we are known as one of London’s most versatile orchestras!  From recording Christmas music we travel to the world of Rodgers and Hammerstein, and this hits from shows such as The Sound of Music, The King and I, Carousel and South Pacific.  We were joined once again by vocal stars none other than Ria Jones, Mary Carewe, Graham Bickley and Michael Dore.  They were all in fine fettle, and for those of you who know Mary and attended Christmas Cracker last December, you will be pleased to know that her wrist is coming out of plaster soon and that her injury has only stopped her from playing tennis and not from singing! Watch this space for some more exciting Rodgers and Hammerstein news soon!

So we conclude our first blog post and as the news happens we will report back to you.  You won’t hear from me again, not quite yet anyway, so look forward to contributions from our players!


About Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Acknowledged as one of the UK’s most prestigious orchestras, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) enjoys an international reputation for bringing audiences worldwide first-class performances and the highest possible standards of music-making across a diverse range of musical repertoire. This was the vision of the Orchestra’s flamboyant founder Sir Thomas Beecham, whose legacy is maintained today as the Orchestra thrives under the exceptional direction of its new Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Maestro Charles Dutoit.
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