Association of British Orchestras

Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra

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16 Clerkenwell Green
The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (RPCO) has built up an international reputation in its own right, performing in the major concert halls and concert venues in 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, Lesley Garrett, Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming, Kiri Te Kanawa and the late Luciano Pavarotti, to popular culture icons, including Burt Bacharach, Tina Turner, Henry Mancini, Liza Minnelli, Barry Manilow, Sting and Stevie Wonder, to name a few. The RPCO is regularly seen working with renowned artists in the worlds of classical music, pop music and West End musicals and appears at many of the UK’s most celebrated summer music festivals. The Orchestra has been the resident orchestra for the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition for a number of years, performing with the competition finalists in the final round. In the current season, the RPCO will appear at the Royal Albert Hall, performing the music from the Disney films, Frozen, Ratatouille and Alice in Wonderland, live to film. Other commitments include a Christmas concert with Kylie Minogue at the Royal Albert Hall and a TV programme made in Vienna for Austrian and German television with the well-known German singer, Helene Fischer. Later in the season, the RPCO will accompany José Carreras in his celebration concert “A Life in Music”. In the 2014/15 Season the Orchestra performed at the Royal Albert Hall on many occasions. Of particular note was a collaboration with the influential composer Max Richter and a performance of the score of Titanic live to film, in the presence of the composer, James Horner. The RPCO was also heavily involved in The BUTA Festival of Azeri Culture in London which ran from November 2014 to March 2015, performing concerts by Azeri composers at the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Hall and the London Guildhall, among others. The RPCO also accompanied Andrea Bocelli in his 2014 UK tour, which took place in London, Liverpool, Birmingham and Dublin. The Orchestra was delighted to return to many summer music festivals last year, appearing at Hampton Court Palace, Warwick Castle, Rochester Castle and Glamis Castle near Dundee, for example, performing with Elaine Paige, Marti Pellow and Laura Wright to name a few . They also gave six performances of Sweet Charity at Cadogan Hall with Denise van Outen in the title role and a cast including Kerry Ellis, Kimberley Walsh and Michael Xavier. Other high profile projects included an invitation to perform with Dame Shirley Bassey for a Charity Gala held at Windsor Castle in the presence of HRH The Duke of York and an appearance at the Sundance Festival in Holland with reggae stars John Holt, Luciano and members of UB40. 2013 saw further engagements and collaborations across the UK, including four performances with Boston Ballet at the London Coliseum. One of the RPCO’s biggest touring engagements in recent seasons was to accompany Sting on part of his world tour of Symphonicity, giving performances across North America and Europe to wide critical acclaim. The RPCO also performed the music of John Williams for the production of Star Wars: A Musical Journey. A huge success, this production toured across the USA and Europe over a six-month period. In addition to these two major touring projects, the Orchestra has a flourishing international schedule, performing in Mexico, South Korea, Russia, China, Barbados and Brazil. The RPCO’s many recordings include Mancini Rocks the Pops and Elmer Bernstein by Elmer Bernstein. It has featured on two best-selling recordings with Lesley Garrett, including the hugely successful album Soprano in Red.

Annual Conference

The next ABO conference will take place in Bristol,
hosted by Bristol Beacon, from 24-26 January 2024.