Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Alexander Shelley at Cadogan Hall


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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RPO/Dutoit at Festival Hall, SE1


In this all-Hungarian goulash of a concert, there was no doubt who was supplying the spicy paprika. Ildiko Komlosi and Willard White had only stepped into the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of Bartók’s phantasmagorical Duke Bluebeard’s Castle the day before the event to replace the originally announced soloists. Clearly they are used to Bartók’s house of fairytale horror for both singers were on excellent form.

RPO/Dutoit review – Bartók’s portrait of marital failure chillingly realised


Soloists Willard White and Ildikó Komlósi conquer Bluebeard’s Castle, as Charles Dutoit marshals the RPO with probing virtuosity

It is often said that Bluebeard’s Castle, Bartók’s one-act opera about marital failure, inhabits a theatre of the imagination and is just as much at home in the concert hall as on stage. Charles Dutoit’s performance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the final work in a Hungarian-themed evening, was a fine reminder of its power to haunt and disturb by musical means alone.

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