Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Tadaaki Otaka – Elgar’s Froissart & Walton 1 – John Lill plays Tchaikovsky

CLASSICAL SOURCE

Otaka’s grasp of Elgar is total – which is saying something, for those who remember his fine accounts of the A-flat Symphony in particular – and his direction of Froissart (not one of Elgar’s flawless masterpieces) so captured the essence of this work that its qualities were clearly and cleverly brought out. Indeed, this was a performance of no little stature in which architecture and atmosphere were perfectly equated.

Supporting your RPO: RPO Young Professionals Club

The RPO Young Professionals Club provides a community within the RPO family for like-minded, London-based young professionals. Supporting Principal Associate Conductor Alexander Shelley, the RPO Young Professionals Club brings together a vibrant group of young people who enjoy great orchestral music in a relaxed and sociable environment. Club members have access to discounted tickets and complimentary concert programmes, receive invitations to exclusive Young Professionals events and much more. Members recently enjoyed an exclusive tour of the Houses of Parliament.

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”.

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

BACHTRACK ★★★

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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