Association of British Orchestras

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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16 Clerkenwell Green
Its first London concert was reported to have filled the hall ‘with golden tone which enveloped the listener’. Since that 1946 performance, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has upheld the legacy of its debonair founder Sir Thomas Beecham and is proud to be approaching its seventieth year of success. Now under the inspiring leadership of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Charles Dutoit, the Orchestra continues to bring first-class performances of a wide range of musical repertoire to worldwide audiences. The Orchestra has always prided itself on the artistic calibre of its conductors, including Rudolf Kempe, Antal Doráti, André Previn and, more recently, Daniele Gatti. Other highly regarded artists who regularly take the podium today include Principal Guest Conductor Pinchas Zukerman, Principal Associate Conductor Alexander Shelley and Permanent Associate Conductor Grzegorz Nowak. The Orchestra’s London home is Cadogan Hall, in which the intimate environment is ideal for orchestral performances. Also key to the Orchestra's schedule is the annual concert series at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall and regular performances at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. Further afield in the UK, the Orchestra enjoys established residencies in Croydon, Northampton, Hull, Lowestoft, Reading, Crawley, Ipswich, High Wycombe, Aylesbury, Scunthorpe, Guildford, Cambridge, Southend-on-Sea, Cheltenham, Dartford and Bexhill-on-Sea, as part of its extensive regional touring programme. Complementing these performances, RPO resound, the Orchestra's vibrant community and education programme, pioneers projects that are designed to promote engagement with and access to music-making. Launched in 1993, RPO resound is still one of the most celebrated programmes of its kind in the UK. The Orchestra also enjoys a busy schedule overseas, undertaking several international tours each year. Forthcoming highlights include performances in Switzerland, France, Turkey and Italy, as well as a month-long tour to the USA in January 2016. In 2015, the RPO launched its own digital radio station, The Sound of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, accessed via the Orchestra’s brand new, easy-to-navigate website. Alongside its thriving live performance schedule, the Orchestra records prolifically for film, television and all the major commercial record companies. It also owns its own record label.

Annual Conference

The next ABO conference will take place in Glasgow from 9 – 11 February 2022.