2015 regional concerts: preview

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Concerts in the New Year feature such acclaimed artists as Grzegorz Nowak, Morgan Szymanski, Eduardo Portal, Sarah Beth Briggs, Natalie Clein and Freddy Kempf, amongst others, and you can now book for more 2015 events at The Baths Hall (Scunthorpe), Wycombe Swan (High Wycombe), Orchard Theatre (Dartford), Ipswich Regent Theatre and Marina Theatre (Lowestoft).

The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe

Following its hugely successful performances in 2014, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is delighted to be returning to The Baths Hall with numerous colourful programmes in 2015. The new season will open with a St George’s Day Concert on Saturday 25 April 2015, filled with music by some of England’s finest composers, including Vaughan Williams’ tributes to pastoral England in Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and The Lark Ascending.

Following the success of last September’s patriotic extravaganza, Last Night of the Proms will be back in Scunthorpe on Saturday 12 September, in which the Orchestra will play some of the most influential music of the last few centuries, including Sibelius’ Finlandia, Puccini’s Nessun Dorma from La Turandot and Parry’s Jerusalem; music that is bound to fill you with musical joy and inspiration.

Marking the end of its 2015 concerts in Scunthorpe on Saturday 28 November, the Orchestra is set to play alongside British pianist Freddy Kempf in Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto and end its Scunthorpe series with a ‘great classic’, Tchaikovsky’s Fifth.

Ipswich Regent Theatre, Ipswich

On Wednesday 1 April 2015, the Orchestra is honoured to be led once again by respected British conductor Barry Wordsworth at Ipswich Regent Theatre in Dvořák’s beguiling ‘New World’ Symphony (the composer’s Ninth), Glinka’s magical Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture and Tchaikovsky’s famous – and, arguably, perfect – First Piano Concerto, in which British pianist Freddy Kempf is the evening’s soloist.

Marina Theatre, Lowestoft

The Orchestra’s 2015 concert series at Lowestoft’s Marina Theatre offers a wide variety of repertoire and themed concerts, featuring regular guest conductors of the RPO and soloists that include mezzo-soprano Jeanette Ager, soprano Annette Wardell and pianist Alexandra Dariescu, the latter of whom will team-up with Principal Associate Conductor Grzegorz Nowak for Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto on Friday 17 April 2015 (the Theatre’s Opening Gala Concert).

Our themed concerts include a Celebration of the Sea (Friday 3 July; 350 years after the English Naval victory in the Battle of Lowestoft), the RPO’s popular, patriotic Last Night of the Proms (Friday 25 September) and an evening of Magnificent Movie Music (Friday 27 November), following 2014’s James Bond sell-out success. This concert series surely leaves no stone unturned!

Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Dartford’s Orchard Theatre will welcome two awe-inspiring pianists to its stage in the RPO’s 2015 concert series: Sarah Beth Briggs, ‘an artist of extraordinary magnetism’ (The Daily Telegraph), will join the Orchestra for a performance of Mozart’s virtuosic Piano Concerto No.21 – one of the composer’s sunniest compositions – on Sunday 24 May.

A Viennese-flavoured concert on Friday 7 November will see Duncan Riddell, one of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s esteemed leaders, lead the Orchestra and soprano Sarah Redgwick in works by Johann Strauss II (The Blue Danube Waltz, Thunder and Lightning Polka), Franz Lehár (Gold and Silver Waltz, The Merry Widow) and Émile Waldteufel (The Skater’s Waltz); an elegant evening of enchanting Viennese classics.

Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe

The RPO’s 2015 concert series at Wycombe Swan will open with a Spanish Fiesta; an evening of impassioned orchestral favourites, infused with the sounds and rhythms of Spain on Saturday 7 February. Rising star Morgan Szymanski will join the Orchestra for the centrepiece of the Fiesta: Rodrigo’s ever-popular guitar concerto, Concierto de Aranjuez.

On Wednesday 27 May, young Spanish maestro Eduardo Portal will lead the Orchestra in Rimsky-Korsakov’s colourful epic Scheherazade, preceded by Dvořák’s melancholic Cello Concerto, featuring world-class cellist Natalie Clein. To conclude the season, Freddy Kempf, one of today’s most talented and popular pianists, will join the Orchestra for Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto on Sunday 29 November, under the baton of Christoph Koenig.

The Orchestra enjoys established residencies in Croydon, Northampton, Hull, Lowestoft, Reading, Crawley, Ipswich, High Wycombe, Aylesbury and Dartford, as part of its extensive regional touring programme. Other venues on the agenda this season include Cliffs Pavilion in Southend, Cheltenham Town Hall, G Live in Guildford, The Baths Hall in Scunthorpe and Cambridge Corn Exchange. For a full listing of RPO events, including our regional series, please visit our website: www.rpo.co.uk.

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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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