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The RPCO has a worldwide reputation for working with internationally renowned artists ranging from opera luminaries Andrea Bocelli, José Carreras, Lesley Garrett, Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming, Kiri Te Kanawa and the late Luciano Pavarotti to popular culture icons Burt Bacharach, Tina Turner, George Benson, Michel Legrand, Henry Mancini, Liza Minnelli, Dionne Warwick, Barry Manilow, Sting and Stevie Wonder, to name but a few.
Engagements last season featured five performances at the Royal Albert Hall of Bernstein’s soundtrack to West Side Story, synchronised with the screening of the original classic film, to critical acclaim (‘the RPCO, crisply conducted by Jayce Ogren, brought verve and boppish swing to the score…. Little wonder that the audience burst into applause after so many of the key scenes’ The Times). Other high profile projects of 2012 included an invitation to perform for the closing ceremony for the Second Beijing International Film Festival in April in Beijing and outdoor summer concerts at numerous stately homes, castles and festivals throughout the UK. Most recent concerts include an evening with the Chinese Three Tenors at the Barbican Theatre and a presentation of the music of the popular Final Fantasy computer games to a sell-out audience at the Royal Albert Hall in November.
Highlights of the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra’s recent seasons have included four performances with Barry Manilow at London’s O2 Arena in May 2011 and two sell-out performances at the London Coliseum with pop/opera quartet Il Divo. It performed with Broadway stars Idina Menzel and Marvin Hamlisch at the Royal Albert Hall in October 2011 and played the music of Mahler and Mozart for two dance performances by Scottish Ballet at Sadler’s Wells in November 2011.
One of the RPCO’s biggest touring engagements in recent seasons was to accompany Sting on part of his world tour of Symphonicity for performances across North America and Europe to wide critical acclaim. The RPCO also performed the music of John Williams for the production of Star Wars: a Musical Journey. A huge success, this production toured across the USA and Europe over a six month period. In addition to these two major touring projects, the Orchestra has a flourishing international schedule which has taken them to places as far afield as Mexico, South Korea, Russia, China, Barbados and Brazil.
The RPCO’s many recordings include Mancini Rocks the Pops, Premier Pops, Pop Go the Beatles, Andrew Lloyd Webber Classic Songs and Elmer Bernstein by Elmer Bernstein. It has featured on two best-selling recordings with Lesley Garrett, including the hugely successful Soprano in Red.