Conductor Valentina Peleggi on Elgar's Cello Concerto

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The RPO is excited to welcome to the stage Conductor Valentina Peleggi for a series of concerts in the 2019-20 season, featuring Elgar's Cello Concerto.

We asked Valentina what she thought of the piece.

High Praise for Prom 68: Wagner Night

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Prom 68: Wagner Night secured a glowing four-star review in The Arts Desk (Photo by Chris Christodoulou).

“Music director of the Dutch National Opera since 2011, Marc Albrecht has an unassuming way with the grandest statements of German Romanticism – he made his debut at the Proms with a compelling Ein Heldenleben in 2006 – and he coaxed some outstanding playing from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: I have not heard them on such form in years.”

See the full review here

Francesca Dego "performing with the RPO? It's like driving a Ferrari"

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The RPO is excited to welcome back Violinist Francesca Dego for a series of concerts in the 2019-20 season, including  Bruch's Violin Concerto No.1 in Croydon in October. BBC Radio's John Griff caught up with Francesca to find out more.

Neil Chandler of Fairfield Halls talks to John Evans

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and one of its oldest friends renew their long relationship next month when the orchestra, conducted by Gianluca Marciano, performs at the newly refurbished and reopened Fairfield Halls in Croydon.

The concert, featuring Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1 performed by Francesca Dego, Beethoven’s Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’ and the overture to Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers, is on Saturday 12 October. It marks a triumphant return for the RPO as it celebrates the start of what promises to be an exciting new chapter in the story of the town’s famous venue.

In fact, the RPO’s relationship with Croydon dates back to 1946 when it gave its first concert, under founder Sir Thomas Beecham, at the town’s Davis Theatre. Sadly, in 1959, the theatre closed and later that year was demolished. Fortunately, it wouldn’t mark the end of Croydon’s bustling cultural scene for just three years later, in 1962, Croydon’s magnificent Fairfield Halls opened and the RPO’s association with the town was revived, an association that has been maintained ever since.

It’s in the context of this close relationship between hall and orchestra that, one weekday afternoon, I manage to track down Neil Chandler, artistic director of the Fairfield Halls. It’s no mean achievement since for the past two and a half years he’s been busily occupied with architects, designers, builders, local government and, most importantly, the local community helping to deliver a revitalised venue that will do Croydon, and the region it serves, full justice.

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