Tribute to Barry Griffiths, former Leader of the RPO

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was extremely saddened to learn of the recent passing of its former Leader, Barry Griffiths. Barry held the position with the Orchestra from 1976 to 1989, beginning under the baton of Antal Doráti and continuing with a glorious career, guiding the Orchestra through a more than a decade of distinguished performances, tours and recordings with a host of legendary conductors and soloists, including André Previn, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yehudi Menuhin, Nigel Kennedy, Yuri Temirkanov, Luciano Pavarotti and many more.

The RPO family will fondly remember Barry and we extend our thoughts and condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.

RPO welcomed to Wembley Park with Pop-up Performances

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This weekend, Wembley Park and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) brought live orchestral music to an unsuspecting audience of residents, shoppers and diners in London’s newest creative neighbourhood.

Leading musicians from the RPO surprised Wembley Park’s community and its visitors with their first live appearance together since lockdown and the first collaboration since it was announced in 2019 that the Orchestra will be moving its headquarters to the area.

Announcing the Spotlight Series at Cadogan Hall

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) is excited to be returning to its home ground of Cadogan Hall for a series of lunchtime concerts that will shine a spotlight on the different sections of the Orchestra. Introduced from the stage, these informal 75-minute performances will feature the majestic brilliance of the RPO’s Brass and Percussion sections, the shimmering virtuosity of the Wind section and the rich tones of the Strings. The perfect lunchtime treat.

Going Classical: report shows 18-25 year olds accounted for a third of Classical streamers

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  • The BPI, Deezer and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra join forces for new report revealing under 35s new interest in Classical and orchestral music, especially in lockdown.
  • Young Classical talent and cross-over playlists like 'Classical Goes Pop" appeal to a new generation of classical fans.
  • Appeal in Classical also linked to mood listening during the pandemic – ‘feel good’, ‘calm’ and ‘sleep’.
  • Classical artists voice their support for the findings including Max Richter, Ray Chen, Jess Gillam, Alexandre Desplat and Camille & Julie.
  • The report is available to download here.

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