Behind The Scenes at 'Classical Spectacular'

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Twice a year the RPO heads to the Royal Albert Hall to entertain over 30,000 people at Raymond Gubbay Ltd's ‘Classical Spectacular’. Jo Marsh, flautist in the RPO was keen to go behind the scenes in November, to try and discover the secret to their phenomenal success.

'The first Classical Spectacular was launched in 1989, and Anthony Findlay (CEO of Raymond Gubbay Ltd.) explains that “the idea was to provide an evening of great entertainment, combining classical music favourites played by the RPO with lighting and pyrotechnics. Although the show has developed over the last 30 years with even more “spectacular” additions such as lasers and dancers, the ethos of Raymond Gubbay’s original show has remained at the core – to keep classical music live. Without the music provided by the RPO, there is no show!”

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Seven Days in America - November 2018



By Adam Wright (Sub-Principal Trumpet and Chairman)

As members of the RPO we are extremely fortunate to get to travel all around the world, visiting places you might choose to go to as a tourist, as well as destinations that are a little more off the beaten track. Even on these wonderful tours, however, it is rare to see and experience anything as inspirational as we did on our recent RPO brass quintet trip to the USA.

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A month in the life of the RPO – August 2018


Roger Argente (Bass Trombone) Interview
By Matthew Knight (Co-Principal Trombone)

This month we say goodbye to a true titan of our brass section, our inimitable bass trombonist of 26 years, Roger Argente. Roger joined the RPO in 1992 and has been a formidable force in the orchestra ever since. One of the RPO’s biggest characters, he is also a fixture of the busy London session scene, and has recorded hundreds of soundtracks for film and TV.

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A month in the life of the RPO – July 2018

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by Emer McDonough (Principal Flute)

Since hearing last year that we were performing the complete Daphnis et Chloé at the BBC Proms, thoughts of it have never been far from my mind. A mixture of excitement and anxiety had been murmuring in my subconscious all this time.

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