The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (RPCO) has built up an international reputation in its 30-year history, performing in the major concert venues across the UK and around the world, from China and the Far East to North and South America. The RPCO is known for its versatile programming of classical, light classical and popular music and has a worldwide reputation for working with internationally renowned artists, ranging from opera luminaries, such as Andrea Bocelli, José Carreras, Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming, Kiri Te Kanawa and the late Luciano Pavarotti, to popular culture icons, including Burt Bacharach, Rod Stewart, Henry Mancini, Barry Manilow, The Pet Shop Boys, Sting and Kylie Minogue, to name a few.
The Orchestra has recently undertaken a major tour of South East Asia including Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Vietnam. Programmes included classical pieces mixed with traditional songs from the region, with all proceeds from the concerts donated to local charities. Other upcoming highlights in the UK include a Brahms Requiem at St Alban’s Abbey and an opera gala with Anna Netrebko at the Royal Albert Hall next May. In addition, the RPCO will be the featured orchestra performing the music live to films screened at the Royal Albert Hall including Disney’s classic film Fantasia and a concert of the music from the computer video game, Final Fantasy. In December the RPCO performs the music from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets at six venues across the UK.
In the 2016/17 season, the RPCO appeared at the Royal Albert Hall, performing the music live to the screening of films including Harry Potter, Titanic, Brassed Off and ET as well as performing with The Pet Shop Boys in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. Other highlights included a celebration concert with the Peruvian tenor, Juan Diego Florez and a War Horse programme where the orchestra was joined by the author, Michael Morpurgo and Joanna Lumley. As well as the main concert halls, the versatility of the orchestra extended their performance venues from large exhibition arenas to intimate hotel ballrooms. In November 2016 the Orchestra toured the UK performing Elvis Presley songs live to film footage of the King of Rock taken at his concerts during his career. Due to the high level of support for this concert, the tour will be repeated in November 2017.
The Orchestra was delighted to return to many summer music festivals earlier this year, appearing at Hampton Court Palace, Royal Hospital, Chelsea, Blenheim Palace and Rochester Castle, to name a few. Other high profile projects included a gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall with José Carreras, a performance at Tate Modern as part of London Fashion Week as well as a Christmas concert at the Royal Festival Hall with Bryn Terfel and Hayley Westenra.
The RPCO also accompanied Andrea Bocelli on his 2016 and 2014 UK tours, which took place in London, Liverpool, Birmingham and Dublin, Sheffield, Leeds and Glasgow. In the 2015/16 Season the Orchestra travelled to Vienna, Moscow and China as well as UK performances of the music from the computer game, The Legend of Zelda at Wembley Arena, Space Spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall and an appearance on Sky TV’s programme A League of Their Own.