Last Night of the Proms with Sarah Redgwick

This summer we are delighted to be performing our classical extravaganza, Last Night of the Proms, at the High Wycombe Swan on Sunday 4th June, The Baths Hall Scunthorpe on Wednesday 21st June and the Lowestoft Marina Theatre on Friday 23rd June alongside soprano Sarah Redgwick. Never been to a Last Night of the Proms concert before? Sarah tells us a bit more about what audiences can expect.

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Verdi’s Requiem at Royal Festival Hall – Vasily Petrenko conducts The Bach Choir & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

CLASSICAL SOURCE

Placing Verdi’s Requiem on Maundy Thursday is a sure way to highlight the relationship between religious ritual and dramatic intensity. In a work where Verdi sets texts in a conspicuously operatic manner, the gulf between religion and drama can easily be amplified. This performance under Vasily Petrenko’s efficient direction gave priority to vivid expression. There’s nothing wrong with this approach, although a performance in Holy Week might arguably give some consideration to a more reflective stance that tempers speeds and vocal style.

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West End Star Abbie Osmon sings Abba

Journalist John Evans caught up with Abbie Osmon ahead of ABBAphonic, a celebration of the Swedish pop group's timeless classics at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 10 May.

Money, Money, Money, Waterloo and, of course, Dancing Queen – I’ll bet you’re humming them already, visions of Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid swirling in your mind’s eye. Whisper it, but it’s been 43 years since Abba won the Eurovision Song Contest (pub question: what was the song?) but while the group may have disbanded in 1982 (there’s talk of an exciting project later this year) their music lives on in the hearts and minds of millions.

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A hymn to a pure and noble spirit: bracing Prokofiev from Dutoit and the RPO

BACHTRACK ★★★

With combined ages of over 150 years between conductor and soloist, there was no lack of experience on the platform for this Royal Philharmonic Orchestra concert. There was no lack of energy either. Charles Dutoit, as dapper as ever, injected Berlioz and Prokofiev with swagger, while Elisabeth Leonskaja, a pianist firmly of the Russian old school, kneaded the keyboard into submission in an occasionally bruising account of Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor.

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Latest News

  • 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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  • Wednesday 22 November 2017
    Sir Peter Ellwood CBE DL presented with honorary membership – Press Release
  • Friday 10 November 2017
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra continues five-year residency at Hull City Hall – Press Release
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    "Studying a score is like reading a novel": An interview with Alexander Shelley