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royal.jpgFounded in 1946 by Sir Thomas Beecham, with his vision of bringing world-class performances of the greatest music written to the length of the country, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra continues to maintain Beecham’s legacy by offering audiences the highest possible standards of music-making, accompanied by some of the most acclaimed artists of the day. Since its formation, the Orchestra has been directed by some of the world’s finest conductors, most notably Rudolf Kempe, Antal Doráti, André Previn and Vladimir Ashkenazy. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra continues to thrive, undertaking a busy concert, touring and recording schedule, under the inspired leadership of Daniele Gatti (Music Director since 1996) and achieving unanimous acclaim from audiences and critics. From the beginning of the 2009/10 season, Charles Dutoit will become Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, with Daniele Gatti continuing as Conductor Laureate.
The Orchestra is London-based with a residency at London’s newest concert venue, Cadogan Hall, Sloane Square. Recent performances have featured internationally acclaimed artists such as Sir Andrew Davis, Tasmin Little, Leonard Slatkin and the Joyful Company of Singers. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra also performs regularly in the Royal Albert Hall, presenting works such as Vaughan Williams’ The Wasps Overture, Elgar’s “Enigma” Variations and Dream of Gerontius and Debussy’s La Mer to Symphonic Rock and Filmharmonic. In 2008, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra returns to the newly refurbished Royal Festival Hall.
As an international orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has toured more than thirty countries in the last five years, including performances for the late Pope John Paul II in the Vatican and the President of China in Tienanmen Square, in the Usa with Pinchas Zukerman and in Egypt, performing in the Cairo and Alexandria opera houses with Leonard Slatkin.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra extends its artistic work through a Community and Education programme, working in a variety of settings, including projects with young homeless people, youth clubs, the probation service, schools and families.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra records for all the major commercial record companies: eight of its Cds featured in the record charts last year. The Orchestra also has its own record label, which includes the popular Here Come The Classics™ series, ranging from popular orchestral and choral works to film classics and music from the musicals.