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

CLASSICAL SOURCE

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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An Interview with Freddy Kempf

We Are Family – the 1979 hit song – could have been penned for Freddy Kempf and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The relationship between the concert pianist and the Orchestra goes back to 1985 when, aged just eight years old, Kempf made his concerto debut performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.12 in A major, K.414.

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is honoured for association with Lowestoft and town’s Marina Theatre

EASTERN DAILY PRESS

A world-famous orchestra has been officially recognised for a prestigious association with Lowestoft.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) was honoured with a special Coat Of Arms in recognition of its decade of performing at the town’s Marina Theatre and continuing commitment to providing music of the highest calibre.

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