Author Archives: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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.

Meet James Williams: the RPO’s new MD

  Earlier in our milestone year, we welcomed James Williams as our new Managing Director. Hannah Nepil caught up with him in a recent phone interview to find out more about how he’s settling in and future plans for the … Continue reading

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Not one, not two, but three milestones

This year marks fifty years since Charles Dutoit’s first performance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; since his first performance at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall in May 1966, in a period Dutoit recalls as ‘an amazing time in London’. Now … Continue reading

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Ian Maclay: Reflecting on four decades

In a phone interview with Hannah Nepil, prior to his retirement last month, Ian Maclay reflects on his many decades of dedication and hard work as Managing Director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He first arrived in 1972, when the … Continue reading

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A Last Night to remember

The title of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert on 15 June at Fairfield Halls in Croydon has a special significance because not only is Last Night of the Proms sure to be a typically rousing occasion, it will also be … Continue reading

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Dreamachine: connecting man and machine

Ravel loved mechanical toys and collected music boxes. Conlon Nancarrow wrote pieces for player piano. Even Beethoven used cutting edge innovations for his time, in the form of the pianoforte and metronome. Machinery has long fascinated composers, and never more … Continue reading

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