The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (RPCO) is a dynamic and versatile ensemble which incorporates performances of a wide range of styles and genres across the UK and around the world. The Orchestra’s repertoire includes film music, computer video games scores, music from the musicals, symphonic arrangements of classic rock and pop songs as well as new commissions and the traditional core classical repertoire, reaching a wide and diverse audience of over 170,000 live listeners per year. The Orchestra’s creative partnerships with artists, promoters and producers has resulted in ambitious performances in venues from vast arenas to the small intimate setting of a double decker bus. The RPCO aims to reach as wide an audience as possible and is unafraid to explore new orchestral experiences.
The Orchestra is a regular visitor to the Royal Albert Hall where it has premiered many films ‘Live In Concert’ such as The English Patient, Brassed Off! in a collaboration with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Skyfall this season and a premiere of the blockbuster Bollywood film ‘Buhaabli’ screened in the original language of Tamil. Last season the Orchestra toured the UK with the music of Roy Orbison, featuring the late artist in ground-breaking hologram format. In a further development of this concert format, the RPCO performed in November 2018 at the London Coliseum alongside the hologram of Maria Callas. Other concert activity highlights include regular performances with the hugely popular Italian tenor, Andrea Bocelli, also with José Carreras, Anna Netrebko and the stars of the West End stage such as Kerry Ellis, Alfie Boe and Ruthie Henshall. In October 2017, the Orchestra undertook a major tour of South East Asia including Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Vietnam, reaching out to new audiences in these territories. By special request, songs and artists of the countries were incorporated into the performances with the Orchestra which made the tour all the more special for audience and Orchestra alike. The RPCO also toured to Abu Dhabi last season as part of the UAE National Day celebrations: yet another new territory for the Orchestra.
Future plans for the RPCO include concerts in Gibraltar, Athens and South Korea as well as UK performances including Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow, Belfast and Manchester. Programmes range from Mozart, Beethoven, Fauré, music from the great operas to computer games music, film music, the songs of Elvis, and a new commission which will be premiered in the UK in March 2020. This reflects the Orchestra’s mission is to deepen our engagement with audiences, with communities and with our creative partners.