Rafael Payare: Conducting should always feel like your last breath

Rafael Payare

Rafael Payare is grateful to the traffic chaos in Caracas. As a member of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, he would often get last-minute phone calls from jammed conductors telling him to start the rehearsal for them. The experience was invaluable and at the age of 37 he is now one of the leading conductors of his generation – he has just been announced as the new Music Director of the San Diego Symphony. He joins the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on 27th March with a programme of Mozart and Strauss, which will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

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WIN Tickets to Myths and Fairytales

The RPO and EnCue invite you to join us for a concert rich in fairytale and folklore as part three of our Myths and Fairytales series at London’s Cadogan Hall this Sunday afternoon.

The series has already explored tales from the Arabian Nights and ancient Rome to Finnish legends and enchanted ballets, but now we would like to know what your favourite pieces of Myths and Fairytales music are?

For a chance to win a pair of tickets to this Sunday’s concert (4th March), featuring live programme notes delievered to your phone by our partners at EnCue, simply fill out the form below with your name, email address, and choice of piece by 12pm on Friday 2 March 2018.

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Welcome to New Cellist Naomi Watts

Welcome to New Cellist Naomi Watts

We are very pleased to welcome Naomi Watts to our Cello section!

Naomi won a scholarship to study at the Purcell School of Music from the age of fourteen where her cello teacher was Pal Banda. She went on to the Royal College of Music in 2005 to study with Amanda Truelove, Helene Dautry and Thomas Carroll. Whilst at the RCM, Naomi was loaned a beautiful Gofriller Cello and performed at Cadogan Hall, Wigmore Hall and appeared on Television in America playing the Amarylis Fleming Stradivarius Cello for a CBS news programme.

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The Best of Ballet with Nathan Fifield

Nathan Fifield is a champion of ballet repertoire, having conducted many top ballet companies across the globe. Now we welcome him as Conductor and Presenter of our new show, An Afternoon/Night at the Ballet, in which we present a selection of works from cherished ballet scores, including Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake, Delibes’ Sylvia and Saint-Saëns' Danse Macabre. Find out more about Nathan ahead of our performances with him at Northampton Royal & Derngate on Saturday 24 June, 7.30pm and The Orchard Theatre on Sunday 1 July, 3pm.

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    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Announced Vasily Petrenko as Music Director from 2021–22 Season
  • Wednesday 28 February 2018
    Rafael Payare: Conducting should always feel like your last breath
  • Wednesday 28 February 2018
    WIN Tickets to Myths and Fairytales