The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) is one of London's five symphony orchestras. It is resident at Cadogan Hall.
Sir Thomas Beecham formed the RPO 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a further crisis arose in the same era when it seemed that the orchestra's right to call itself "Royal" could be withdrawn.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, and most recently Charles Dutoit. Other conductors closely associated with the orchestra have included Sir Charles Groves, Sir Charles Mackerras, Peter Maxwell Davies, Yehudi Menuhin and Leopold Stokowski.
- Mozart in binaural sound: Piano Concerto No 27https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p06dtpt4.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p06dtpt4.jpg2018-07-14T18:30:00.000ZBinaural recording of Mozart's Piano Concerto No 27 in B flat major. From Prom 2, 2018.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p06dtlgb
Mozart in binaural sound: Piano Concerto No 27
- Saint‐Saëns: Symphony No 3 in C minor, 'Organ' – excerpt (2017)https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05cprbp.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05cprbp.jpg2017-08-17T17:30:00.000ZCameron Carpenter is the soloist in the mighty 'Organ' Symphony by Saint‐Saëns, who regarded it as the pinnacle of his achievement. Charles Dutoit conducts.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05cpqjz
Saint‐Saëns: Symphony No 3 in C minor, 'Organ' – excerpt (2017)
- Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe – Suite No. 2 - Preview Cliphttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpg2013-12-16T16:07:00.000ZListen to an excerpt from Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe – Suite No. 2.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01nhn0k
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe – Suite No. 2 - Preview Clip
- Debussy: La mer - Preview Cliphttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpg2013-12-16T15:58:00.000ZListen to an excerpt from Debussy's La mer.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01nhmd7
Debussy: La mer - Preview Clip
- Krzysztof Penderecki: Concerto grosso - Preview Cliphttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpg2013-12-16T15:54:00.000ZListen to an excerpt from Krzysztof Penderecki's Concerto grosso.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01nhk4t
Krzysztof Penderecki: Concerto grosso - Preview Clip
- Stravinsky: Fireworks - Preview Cliphttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpg2013-12-16T15:49:00.000ZListen to an excerpt from Stravinsky's Fireworks.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01nhjcb
Stravinsky: Fireworks - Preview Clip
Past BBC Events
Proms 2018: Prom 58: The Sound of an Orchestra
Proms 2018: Prom 2: Mozart, Ravel and Fauré
Proms 2017: Prom 43: Saint-Saëns – ‘Organ’ Symphony
Proms 2017: Prom 12: Ten Pieces Presents ... Sir Henry's Magnificent Musical Inspirations!
Proms 2017: Prom 11: Ten Pieces Presents ... Sir Henry's Magnificent Musical Inspirations!
Performances & Interviews from Similar Artists
Maurice Ravel: Shéhérazade Extract (Prom 48)
Gareth Davies: how to make a melody soar
Paul Lewis: how can life shape the way we hear music?
Claire Booth: is the scherzo from Bruckner's 8th Symphony in 3/4 or 6/8?
Schoenberg: Seht, die Sonne from 'Gurrelieder' (excerpt) (2017)
Beethoven: Symphony No 7 in A major – excerpt (Prom 74)
Brahms: Variations on the St Anthony Chorale, Op 56a – excerpt (Prom 74)
Britten: Les illuminations - Preview Clip
Tippett: Concerto for Double String Orchestra - Preview Clip
Tippett: The Mask of Time – Fanfare No. 5 - Preview Clip