Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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1946
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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Biography (Wikipedia)

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a further crisis arose in the same era when it seemed that the orchestra's right to call itself "Royal" could be withdrawn.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. 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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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Performances & Interviews


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Past BBC Events

Proms 2019: Prom 68: Wagner Night
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Royal Albert Hall
2019-09-09T17:00:42
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9
Sep
2019
Proms 2019: Prom 68: Wagner Night

Proms 2019: Prom 68: Wagner Night

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 2018: Prom 58: The Sound of an Orchestra
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Royal Albert Hall
2018-08-26T17:00:42
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26
Aug
2018
Proms 2018: Prom 58: The Sound of an Orchestra

Proms 2018: Prom 58: The Sound of an Orchestra

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 2018: Prom 2: Mozart, Ravel and Fauré
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Royal Albert Hall
2018-07-14T17:00:42
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14
Jul
2018
Proms 2018: Prom 2: Mozart, Ravel and Fauré

Proms 2018: Prom 2: Mozart, Ravel and Fauré

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 2017: Prom 43: Saint-Saëns – ‘Organ’ Symphony
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Royal Albert Hall
2017-08-17T17:00:42
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17
Aug
2017
Proms 2017: Prom 43: Saint-Saëns – ‘Organ’ Symphony

Proms 2017: Prom 43: Saint-Saëns – ‘Organ’ Symphony

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 2017: Prom 12: Ten Pieces Presents ... Sir Henry's Magnificent Musical Inspirations!
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Royal Albert Hall
2017-07-23T17:00:42
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23
Jul
2017
Proms 2017: Prom 12: Ten Pieces Presents ... Sir Henry's Magnificent Musical Inspirations!

Proms 2017: Prom 12: Ten Pieces Presents ... Sir Henry's Magnificent Musical Inspirations!

Royal Albert Hall

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