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 the Orchestra and the Swiss maestro look forward to celebrating two other major milestones – the ensemble’s 70th anniversary and Dutoit’s 80th birthday – in the RPO’s 70th Anniversary Gala Concert at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday 19 September.

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Ian Maclay: Reflecting on over four decades

Ian Maclay

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 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was only twenty-five years old, and there was no shame in having excessive facial hair. Now, in the ensemble’s 70th Anniversary Year, Ian Maclay is retiring as its Managing Director. How does he feel? ‘It will be like cutting off my right arm,’ he says, ‘but it was always going to be difficult. And I wanted to go before the players were muttering in corners, and saying “Oh blimey, will he never go?”’ He laughs, ‘or perhaps they already are.’

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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 the Orchestra’s last appearance there – at least, for the next two years while the major venue undergoes refurbishment.

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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 so than today.

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Latest News

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    Charles Dutoit Steps Down Early as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Monday 1 January 2018
    Welcome to New Cellist Anna Stuart
  • Friday 22 December 2017
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Responds to Accusations Made About Charles Dutoit

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