Meet Alexander Shelley

He’s the son of celebrated concert pianists, the grandson of a talented cellist and the great grandson of an equally talented organist, but Alexander Shelley, the newly appointed Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, is very much his own man – and poised to open a new chapter in the RPO’s glittering history.

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Ria Jones talks Musical Theatre

West End star Ria Jones speaks to Hannah Nepil about her musical theatre background and the advantages of performing Broadway hits in concert performances, ahead of Best of Broadway in March.

Ria Jones – Welsh singer and actress – finds it irritating when people say ‘musical theatre singers can’t act’. In fact, she points out, they have to act twice as hard in order to convey the character while singing. ‘What’s more, they have to be able to run seamlessly into each song, so that it enhances the story, rather than stopping it. I like to think of musical theatre as a string of pearls: the pearls are the songs, the string in between is the story, and if you break it, all the pearls fall off.’

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Alexander Shelley at Cadogan Hall

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This first concert conducted by Alexander Shelley since his appointment last month as Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra drew a very full house, doubtless attracted by a combination of the relatively wide-ranging Russian programme and the reputation this compelling young conductor is building.

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Meet the Management: Rosemary Anthony (Tours Manager)

Tell us a bit about your working history and how you came about this role at the RPO.

After studying a music degree at King's College, London, and deciding performing wasn't for me, I had a short stint working as a Recruitment Consultant, which I hated! After that, I was lucky enough to win an internship in the concerts department of another orchestra in London, and I've never looked back. I made the shift to tour managing about eight years ago and joined the RPO three years ago. The combination of working with the wonderful RPO, the travelling, and the huge variety of artists, cultures and venues is a constant source of fascination and interest for me.

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Latest News

  • Wednesday 10 January 2018
    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

Latest Press

  • Wednesday 22 November 2017
    Sir Peter Ellwood CBE DL presented with honorary membership – Press Release
  • Friday 10 November 2017
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra continues five-year residency at Hull City Hall – Press Release
  • Wednesday 1 November 2017
    "Studying a score is like reading a novel": An interview with Alexander Shelley