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Azerbaijan invites the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to play an integral part in the Gabala International Music Festival.
2 July 2010
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has the pleasure of being invited to be the resident orchestra at this yearís Gabala International Music Festival, Republic of Azerbaijan that takes place from 24th July until 6th August. This invitation has great significance as it will be the first time that a full symphony orchestra from London has been invited to perform in the country.
Dmitry Yablonsky
Gabala International Music Festival
The city of Gabala is the countryís most ancient city and is located within the picturesque Caucasus Mountains. Azerbaijanís troubled history has successfully managed to overcome both political and economic strains and is now firmly in the grasp of stability. The region of Gabala offers local ancient sites, exotic forests making it an ideal place for a beautiful summer music festival.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has a reputation of performing with some of the worldís most accomplished artists and its appearance at the Gabala International Music Festival will be no exception. The Orchestra will be joined by internationally renowned artists including, Yuri Bashmet, Boris Berezovsky, ChloŽ Hanslip, the Ysaˇe Quartet and the recently announced jazz singer Al Jarreau. Conducted by the Festivalís Directors, Dmitry Yablonsky and Farhad Badalbeyli, the Orchestra will perform traditional classical repertoire in addition to works by Azerbaijan nationals, Gadgibekov and Amirov.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra opens their visit with a concert in the countryís capital Baku with a performance in the Old City, before taking the stage at the festival performing works by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Mendelssohn, Saint-SaŽns, Rachmaninov and Beethoven.

In addition to the orchestral series, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestraís education team (RPO resound) is working in partnership with the British Council to organise and develop a series of workshops for 30 young people living in a local orphanage from Mardakan, Baku. Participants from the orphanageís youth orchestra will have the opportunity to develop many different types of musical skills with the focus on original composition, improvisation and cross-cultural and cross-genre learning; all led by Tim Steiner whose vast experience makes him a chief exponent in this area.

Dmitry Yablonsky (Festival Director) says:
ďThe Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is known to the musicians from all over the world, all those famous stories of Thomas Beecham, who had such a great sense of humor.

"It is a great honor for the festival, that RPO has agreed to participate, as it is not only one of the best symphony orchestras in the world, but also an ambassador of its country, which
helped the festival to closely work together with the British Council helping 30 very talented young musicians from an orphanage in Baku.

"For me personally, I am thankful for the opportunity to make music with such an ensemble, I am looking forward to our collaboration together.Ē

(Both Dmitry Yablonsky and Farhad Badalbeyli are available for comment)

For further information, please contact Chris Evans (RPO Head of Press and Marketing) on 00 44 (0)20 7608 8836 or evansc@rpo.co.uk. Helen Mould (British Council) 00 44 (0)20 7389 4939 / 00 44 (0)7741 051 654 or Helen.mould1@britishcouncil.org.


Notes to editor:
Dmitry Yablonsky and Farhad Badalbeyli will be performing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, Thursday 15th July. The concert programme is as follows.

Bruch Kol Nidrei
Saint-SaŽns Piano Concerto No.2
Rachmaninov Symphony No.2

Dmitry Yablonsky Conductor/Cello
Farhad Badalbeyli Piano

Booking Information:
Telephone Bookings: 020 7730 4500
Online Bookings: www.cadoganhall.com


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