Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Charles Dutoit at Royal Festival Hall – Benvenuto Cellini & Prokofiev 5 – Elisabeth Leonskaja plays Grieg’s Piano Concerto

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From the opening bars of the Overture to Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini, you couldn’t help marvelling at London’s extraordinary good fortune in its big five orchestras and in their chief conductors. I suppose Charles Dutoit (recently turned eighty) must now be regarded as a veteran, but there is no sense of him compensating self-consciously with the gathering years, as Solti did towards the end of his career.

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Eric Whitacre: inspirations and striving for authenticity

Eric Whitacre

Ahead of our feast of orchestral and choral works with composer Eric Whitacre on Wednesday 31 May at the Royal Albert Hall, journalist Hannah Nepil uncovers the Grammy Award-winner's musical style and preparations for his new work.

Skyping from his Los Angeles home at some ungodly hour in the morning, Eric Whitacre immediately turns his smooth charm on full beam. “Why don’t you start by telling me about you?” he says, flashing his Colgate smile. It takes a while to bring the composer-conductor round to the more pressing topic: his upcoming gala performance, conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Supporting your RPO: American Friends of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

We are delighted that our American Friends organisation has been granted public charity status by the Internal Revenue Service in the United States. Funds raised through the rejuvenated American Friends will provide essential support for the Orchestra’s US tours, educational activity at home and abroad and for some of the young American artists who regularly appear with the RPO.

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Triumph of the human spirit: defiance and compassion from Marin Alsop and RPO

BACHTRACK ★★★★

The human spirit is a remarkable phenomenon. It gives us the power to dig deep into our reserves to find resilience and defiance against unimaginable odds. Witness the extraordinary circumstances behind the first Leningrad performance of Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony in 1942.

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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

Latest Press

  • 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
  • Wednesday 1 November 2017
    "Studying a score is like reading a novel": An interview with Alexander Shelley