RPO Podcasts



RPO Extra is a podcast series performed and curated by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Northampton's John Griff offering insights into the people behind the music, information about upcoming concerts, and excerpts from the RPO's extensive back catalogue of recordings.

Click here to play episode 5. In the 5th episode of RPO Extra we explore the backstory to a special re-orchestration of Handel's Messiah through a conversation with the American conductor Dr Jonathan Griffith who played a significant role in uncovering the story and bringing the music to life. Plus, we speak with pianist Daniel Ciobanu on his approach to performing as well as the RPO's Chair and double bass player Benn Cunningham on the inner workings of a national orchestra.

Click here to play episode 4. In the 4th episode of RPO Extra, Valentina Peleggi talks to John Griff about how she began her career as a conductor. We shine a light on the life and times of composer of Antonin Dvořák. Plus, RPO second violin Sali-Wyn Ryan speaks about the community and education work of RPO Resound.

Click here to play episode 3. How does the Orchestra choose what to play?” In this episode of RPO Extra, Louise Badger the Orchestra’s Concert Director talks about who chooses the music and why. Plus, RPO flautist Jo Marsh introduces the role of the flute in large scale symphonic repertoire.

Click here to play episode 2. Which region of the UK keeps the biggest CD collection? Plus, find out how RPO Principal Cello Richard Harwood likens the cello to a very demanding relative. All this and more in the second episode of RPO Extra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s seasonal podcast hosted by John Griff.

Click here to play episode 1. In the first episode of the RPO podcast, John Griff interviews James Williams, Managing Director of the RPO about the future of orchestral music following the publication of the YouGov report 2018; Violinist Francesca Dego describes what it is like to perform with the nation’s favourite orchestra ahead of her national tour and a moving tribute to the late Andre Previn.

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