"Studying a score is like reading a novel": An interview with Alexander Shelley

Alexander Shelley Discusses Myths and Fairytales

Studying a score is like reading a novel, says conductor Alexander Shelley. You feel the same kind of sense of intimacy with composers and their world, as you do with writers and their narratives.Its an analogy which seems fitting, given the focus of Shelleys latest concert series with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Launching at Cadogan Hall on November 7, Myths and Fairytales,explores the beautiful and evocative music that was written to describe stories,’  explains Shelley. As such its the perfect way to explore Romantic repertoire: The emergence of very descriptive music -  tone poems where you can almost literally hear the story unfolding - really happened during the nineteenth century. So theres nowhere better to start, in the opening concert of the series, than with music of the high Romantic Russian School: Tchaikovskys Sleeping Beauty suite, Variations on a Rococo theme, along with Rimsky-Korsakovs Scheherazade,  which chronicles four of the stories of the 1001 nights where Scheherazade evades death by keeping the sultan enthralled by her stories while he falls asleep.

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A Royal Announcement in Scunthorpe – Press Release

On Wednesday 22 November the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra announces Scunthorpe as one of its 7 Principal Residencies, alongside Cambridge, Crawley, Hull, Lowestoft, Northampton and Reading. Building upon 6 years of music-making at The Baths Hall, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is using this occasion to officially launch its 2018 Season and to demonstrate its ongoing commitment to the Scunthorpe community.

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Janina Fialkowska in the spotlight

On Thursday 2nd November we are joined by supreme pianist Janina Fialkowska at the Cambridge Corn Exchange for an evening of outstanding classics. Hailed by Classical.net as ‘...Canada’s First Lady of Chopin’, she performs the Second Piano Concerto by this much-loved, Polish composer. We found out more about our soloist...

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'I Regard Myself as a Song Writer First' - An Interview with John Rutter

An interview with John Rutter

St Paul’s Cathedral hosts a very special concert on Thursday 26 October when John Rutter, the nation’s – no, make that the world’s – favourite choral composer, joins forces with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to perform a programme of music that, on one level, will delight his many fans and on another, has a deeply personal significance.

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