A month in the life of the RPO – July 2018

A month in the life of the RPO – January 2018A month in the life of the RPO – May 2018

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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A month in the life of the RPO – June 2018

A month in the life of the RPO – January 2018A month in the life of the RPO – May 2018

by Richard Harwood (Principal Cello)

The RPO recently presented the Pinchas Zukerman Summer Music Festival at Cadogan Hall. It brought back a lot of happy memories from January's US tour, which began with ten days of touring the east coast with Pinchas (with me as a Guest Principal), and led to me being offered the Principal appointment by the end of the second part of the tour in San Francisco.

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A month in the life of the RPO – May 2018

A month in the life of the RPO – January 2018A month in the life of the RPO – May 2018

by Patrick Flanaghan (Principal Cor Anglais)

May has probably been my craziest month since joining the orchestra in August 2016 because I played Cor Anglais for half the time and had the dubious pleasure of covering Principal Oboe for the other half.

Playing Cor, the month began with our Symphonic Rock concert at the Royal Albert Hall – a staple in the RPO’s schedule, good fun and always a full house. During the interval I met some of our “Young Professionals” club members. Meeting sponsors is an important part of our job and it’s particularly interesting meeting similar aged people from different fields and answering their large array of questions on the life of a musician.

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A month in the life of the RPO – April 2018

A month in the life of the RPO – January 2018

by Peter Graham (Tutti Second Violin)

On paper, April appeared to be a familiar looking month for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a variety of concerts in many of our regular haunts: Cadogan Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, Hull City Hall, The Hawth Crawley and the Royal & Derngate theatre Northampton with long-standing established conductors such as Thomas Dausgaard, Hilary Davan Wetton and Alan Buribayev. However, on closer inspection, something unusual caught my eye which turned out to be the most goosebump-enducing patch of work. It was the great honour of accompanying the finalists of the Yehudi Menuhin violin competition in the beautiful Victoria Hall, Geneva.

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RPO Blog

The RPO Blog offers a musician’s-view of orchestra life – one post reflecting on each month that passes. Join us as we chart the highs (and occasional lows) of our weird and wonderful lifestyle in this orchestra we all love, the RPO.