Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Google Arts & Culture Forge New Partnership To Take Orchestral Music To A New Generation

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Announced Vasily Petrenko as Music Director from 2021–22 Season

Today, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) and Google Arts & Culture are unveiling a new project to bring some of the RPO’s exclusive content online.

As an orchestra that has been at the forefront of music-making in the UK for the last seven decades, the public will have the chance to experience the music from an unparalleled viewpoint, seated amongst the players in virtual reality. Visitors to the Google Arts & Culture website will be able to delve into the RPO and its music, experiencing stories from the musicians themselves. Coinciding with the launch of the new 2018/19 RPO season, the site will host a number of exclusive interviews and features, as well as performance highlights from the RPO. Particularly of note is the online premiere of an excerpt from Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. Filmed in 360-degree virtual reality (VR), the video will enable viewers with VR headsets to fully immerse themselves inside the RPO and all it has to offer.

7UP comes to an end

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After four fun-filled years RPO Resound’s innovative secondary schools music programme 7UP has come to an end with one final musical extravaganza. The special showcase concert took place on Tuesday, 17th July at Kingsbury High School in Brent and was attended by Guest of Honour, Cllr Arshad Mahmood, Mayor of Brent and an audience of over 100 friends and family.

Welcome to Clarinettist Thomas Verity

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A warm welcome to Thomas Verity, our new Associate Clarinet.

Thomas studied at Manchester University and the Royal Northern College of Music.

He has performed, recorded and broadcast with orchestras across the UK, including guest principal with the Hallé Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and Manchester Concert Orchestra. He was a member of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra from 2011 to 2018, with highlights including tours to Spain, China and Japan, and playing principal clarinet in the BBC Proms.

The Ideal Match – Vasily Petrenko looks forward to becoming the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Music Director

Announcing Our New Music Director: Vasily Petrenko

There’s a palpable sense of excitement at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), shared by players and management alike. It stems from Vasily Petrenko’s appointment as Music Director and is set to build towards the start of his five-year contract in August 2021. The 42-year-old Russian, recently praised by the Berliner Morgenpost for his ‘fearless’ and ‘brilliant’ artistry, has a fund of ideas for developing his new orchestra, raising its status at home and overseas, and broadening the global audience for orchestral music. He’s destined to become Music Director Designate in August 2020, soon after finishing work as Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. The timeline for Petrenko’s arrival in post as RPO Music Director includes his departure as Chief Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO) in July 2021 and appointment as its Conductor Laureate.

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