Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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1946
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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Biography

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), based in London, was formed by Sir Thomas Beecham in 1946. In its early days the orchestra secured profitable recording contracts and important engagements including the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the concerts of the Royal…

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Eugène Ysaÿe
Caprice d'apres l'Etude en forme de valse de Saint-Saens
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Caprice d'apres l'Etude en forme de valse de Saint-Saens
St. Albans Cathedral Choirs, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Lucas & John Rutter
Psalm 150
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Psalm 150
Yehudi Menuhin
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto In D, Op 35 (II Canzonetta. Andante)
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Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto In D, Op 35 (II Canzonetta. Andante)
Edward Elgar
Pomp and circumstance marches (Op.39), no.1 in D major;
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Pomp and circumstance marches (Op.39), no.1 in D major;
Joseph Haydn
Symphony No. 104 in D major, 'London' (iii. Menuetto e Trio: Allegro)
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Symphony No. 104 in D major, 'London' (iii. Menuetto e Trio: Allegro)
Edward Elgar
Nimrod, from Variations on an original theme ('Enigma') Op.36 for orchestra
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Nimrod, from Variations on an original theme ('Enigma') Op.36 for orchestra
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Morning from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
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Morning from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Dance of the Comedians from The Bartered Bride
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Dance of the Comedians from The Bartered Bride
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
L'Arlesienne Suite No.2 - Farandole
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L'Arlesienne Suite No.2 - Farandole
Playlists featuring Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Essential Classics: Guest Choices
Essential Classics: Guest Choices
Radio 3 Breakfast: Music Box
Radio 3 Breakfast: Music Box
Stargazing LIVE: Music to Watch Stars By...
Stargazing LIVE: Music to Watch Stars By...
BBC Proms 2015: Katie Derham Curates
BBC Proms 2015: Katie Derham Curates


Upcoming BBC Events

Prom 25 Proms 2016
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Royal Albert Hall
2016-08-03T22:24:01
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Upcoming Events

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Jun
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Heart and FM
Royal Albert Hall, London, UK
23
Jul
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
SSE Arena, Wembley, London, UK
17
Nov
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Elvis In Concert
The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, UK
18
Nov
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Elvis In Concert
First Direct Arena, Leeds, UK
20
Nov
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Elvis In Concert
Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Cardiff, UK

Past BBC Events

Prom 45: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Charles Dutoit Proms 2015
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Royal Albert Hall
2015-08-19T22:24:01
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Aug
2015
Prom 45: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Charles Dutoit Proms 2015

Prom 45: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Charles Dutoit Proms 2015

19:30
Royal Albert Hall
Prom 32: Eric Whitacre and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Proms 2015
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Royal Albert Hall
2015-08-09T22:24:01
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Aug
2015
Prom 32: Eric Whitacre and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Proms 2015

Prom 32: Eric Whitacre and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Proms 2015

15:30
Royal Albert Hall
Prom 60: Roman Holiday Proms 2014
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Royal Albert Hall
2014-09-01T22:24:01
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Sep
2014
Prom 60: Roman Holiday Proms 2014

Prom 60: Roman Holiday Proms 2014

19:30
Royal Albert Hall
Prom 44: Stravinsky, Penderecki, Debussy & Ravel Proms 2013
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Royal Albert Hall
2013-08-15T22:24:01
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15
Aug
2013
Prom 44: Stravinsky, Penderecki, Debussy & Ravel Proms 2013

Prom 44: Stravinsky, Penderecki, Debussy & Ravel Proms 2013

19:30
Royal Albert Hall
Prom 43: Delius, Saint-Saëns & Tchaikovsky Proms 2012
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Royal Albert Hall
2012-08-14T22:24:01
14
Aug
2012

Prom 43: Delius, Saint-Saëns & Tchaikovsky Proms 2012

19:00
Royal Albert Hall


Biography

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), based in London, was formed by Sir Thomas Beecham in 1946. In its early days the orchestra secured profitable recording contracts and important engagements including the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the concerts of the Royal Philharmonic Society. After Beecham's death in 1961 the orchestra's fortunes declined steeply; it battled for survival until the mid-1960s, when its future was secured after an Arts Council report recommended that it should receive public subsidy; a further crisis arose in the same era when it seemed that the orchestra's right to call itself "Royal" could be withdrawn.

Since Beecham's death the RPO has had seven chief conductors, including Rudolf Kempe, Antal Doráti, André Previn and Vladimir Ashkenazy; as of 2013 the incumbent is Charles Dutoit. Others closely associated with the orchestra have included Sir Charles Groves, Sir Charles Mackerras, Peter Maxwell Davies, Yehudi Menuhin and Leopold Stokowski.

In 2004 the orchestra acquired its first permanent London base, at the new Cadogan Hall in Chelsea. The RPO also gives concerts at the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and venues around the UK and other countries. From its earliest days the orchestra has been active in the recording studios, making film soundtracks and numerous gramophone recordings; many of the LP recordings conducted by Beecham and others have been reissued on compact disc.

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