An Insight into The Bach Choir

How do you sum up The Bach Choir in a nutshell? Answer: you can’t. Don’t let the title fool you – this 140-year-old ensemble reaches far beyond the works of Johann Sebastian Bach.

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Eduardo Portal at Cadogan Hall

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There was a significant Spanish element in this Royal Philharmonic Orchestra concert, not from the music so much as from Eduardo Portal and Javier Perianes. The young Portal’s career is pan-European, and in the UK he’s also worked with the LPO and OAE, as well as at Glyndebourne. In Les Préludes, he allowed Liszt’s signature rhetoric to make its mark without sounding overly grandiose, and he seemed positively to relish the music’s shamelessly romantic yearnings.

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Cho-Liang Lin performs Xiaogang Ye’s The Last Paradise at Cadogan Hall

This June at Cadogan Hall, the world-renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra proudly presents the UK Premiere of The Last Paradise, an emotional violin work by China’s highly regarded contemporary composer Xiaogang Ye. Taiwanese American violinist Cho-Liang Lin and award-winning conductor José Serebrier will bring Ye’s The Last Paradise to life in a concert also featuring Dvořák’s spirited Slavonic Dances and Mussorgsky’s impressive Pictures at an Exhibition.

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Tadaaki Otaka with Sarah Connolly, Neal Davies and The Bach Choir...

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When Tadaaki Otaka was appointed to the (then-named) BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra in 1987, eyebrows were raised for him being the first Oriental-born principal conductor of any UK orchestra. But within a very short while his performances of major British repertoire, and of new music, certainly demonstrated his suitability for the post. Otaka’s grasp of such masterpieces as Elgar’s First Symphony were impressive.

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  • Wednesday 10 January 2018
    Charles Dutoit Steps Down Early as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Responds to Accusations Made About Charles Dutoit

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