Marketing Officer Doran Harding writes about what the Orchestra has in store for its regional concerts this season.
As the summer holidays get underway and the Orchestra maintains a busy schedule of outdoor concerts, international tours and recording sessions, I am loking ahead to a packed autumn with concerts at all of our regional venues.
The RPO prides itself on a comprehensive programme of concerts across the UK, performing at venues across te length and breadth of the country, from Exeter to Perth and Manchester to Cardiff. In my role as Marketing Officer, I have the pleasure of working with the marketing teams of our resident venues to spread the word that the RPO is coming to town! Our ever-growing list of strong relationships includes concert series at Royal & Derngate in Northampton, Fairfield Halls in Croydon, The Marina Theatre in Lowestoft, The Hexagon in Reading, The Hawth in Crawley and The Orchard Theatre in Dartford, as well as regular visits to the Wycombe Swan in High Wycombe, the Regent Theatre in Ipswich and The Central Theatre in Chatham.
Each venue offers us a very warm welcome and we really feel like part of the town. The local arts centre/theatre is a big focus for a community and we hope to be able to build on that by providing a series that a town can really be proud of, with world-renowned soloists and first-class performances.
The main thing that we love about our residencies are the audiences! We have a loyal following at all of our venues, who are fantastic at giving their support and interacting with us, attending pre-concert talks, providing feedback and spreading the word to other local residents. We also enjoy getting out into the community with our education team RPO resound, who have worked alongside many of our venues to provide people with their first opportunity to experience live classical music.
Comin up this autumn, we have visits planned to all of the venues mentioned above and many more. Pianist Freddy Kempf will be beginning his Complete Beethoven Piano Concerto Series with performances in Northampton and Croydon (as well as in London), Principal Associate Conductor Grzegorz Nowak takes to the road with pianist Piers Lane for concerts in Lowestoft and Dartford, Tasmin Little joins us in Reading for a performance of the ever-popular Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 and we begin a musical journey around Europe in Crawley with Northern Lights, a programme of fantastic Scandinavian music. And those are just a few of the highlights, so as you can see, we’re going to be pretty busy!