The return of Top Brass with Allen Vizzutti

This September, fans of brass music are in for a very special treat when members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s percussion and brass sections, including its recently appointed Principal Trumpet James Fountain, are joined in concert by a true legend of the genre: Allen Vizzutti.

This is the trumpeter’s second appearance with the RPO in as many years, and in Top Brass 2015, he and the Orchestra will be performing two of his own compositions: Rising Sun, and a work composed especially for the occasion, called Quarks. In addition, they’ll be playing works by Watson, Bernstein and Bach, plus many more.

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Regional residencies: new on sale

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) is gearing up to travel the length and breadth of the country as tickets go on sale for the 2015–16 seasons in Aylesbury, Cambridge, Crawley, Guildford, Hull and Reading. Performing a fantastic range of concerts, from the jazz-infused music of the 1920s to epic symphonies from celebrated composers, you will be able to hear world-class classical music right on your doorstep!

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Celebration of the Sea: Project Preview

This week, three RPO musicians, a creative music leader and a creative writing leader will spend a week at the beach working with local adults to explore and celebrate the maritime heritage of the historic marina town of Lowestoft, Suffolk.

We’ll begin on Monday with visits to the Lowestoft Maritime Museum and Mincarlo Trawler, the last surviving sidewinder trawler in the area, for guided tours of their historic collections and sites. The group will then have a brainstorming session to pick out specific themes, objects or stories that really inspired them during the visits, which they will use as guides during the next three days of creative workshops.

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/José Serebrier at Cadogan Hall


Long used as encore fodder, it’s rare that Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances are included in an advertised orchestral programme (our loss). It was good to hear this well-chosen foursome from the sixteen. José Serebrier has recently recorded all nine of Dvořák’s Symphonies, a composer close to his heart, and if the Dances are lighter fare they too can have emotional intensity and pathos, brought out here with affection and identification, not least the expansive E-minor. Lilt and zest informed the A-flat.

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