Who is a "marvel of construction"? Hannah Nepil finds out after conversation with Danny Driver

When I last saw Danny Driver, I was seventeen, and he was teaching me composition at London’s Junior Academy of Music. Now he’s a world famous pianist. “I was always slightly mystified as to why I was teaching composition, given that I was never really a composer”, he laughs, when we speak again after a gap of fifteen years. “I guess it was because I’ve always had a fascination with musical structure”.

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Full-on romantics: Tasmin Little lyrical in Tchaikovsky with Christoph König and RPO


One of the dilemmas for a conductor is when to perform popular pieces. This is not really a problem if you are already in the Premier League of conductors – people will always come to see you. However, if you are not yet a household name, you need to pick your moments.

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Charles Dutoit – Mother Goose & New World Symphony – Vadim Repin plays Prokofiev


Once again, Charles Dutoit and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra hit the spot. The great mystery and mastery of Dutoit’s conducting is how he can be both expansive and precise at the same time and how he communicates this to his players, who repay the favour to their artistic director and principal conductor with interest.

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Cadogan Hall’s Resident Orchestra invites audiences to experience a feast of orchestral music

Featuring: the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s (RPO) first ever Artist-in-Residence, a captivating new series entitled Myths and Fairytales, a real-time digital programme app and, to top it all, a brand new festival based in and around Cadogan Estate. The RPO’s unmissable 2017–18 Season at Cadogan Hall offers audiences the freshest and the most intimate concert experience in London.

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  • 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

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    Sir Peter Ellwood CBE DL presented with honorary membership – Press Release
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