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The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra

The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (RPCO) has built up an international reputation in its 30-year history, performing in the major concert venues across the UK and around the world. The RPCO is known for its versatile programming of classical, light classical and popular music and has a worldwide reputation for working with internationally renowned artists, ranging from opera luminaries, such as José Carreras, Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming, Kiri Te Kanawa and the late Luciano Pavarotti, to popular culture icons, including Burt Bacharach, Rod Stewart, Henry Mancini, Barry Manilow, Liza Minnelli, The Pet Shop Boys, Sting and Kylie Minogue, to name a few.

The Orchestra has recently undertaken a UK tour of the music of Roy Orbison, featuring the late artist in concert in a ground-breaking hologram format. The Evening Standard described the hologram as “…extraordinarily realistic … [it] felt so emotive and real …”  In a further development of this concert format, the RPCO performed at the London Coliseum in November alongside the hologram of Maria Callas.  This follows on from our Dublin and London performances with the hugely popular Italian tenor, Andrea Bocelli. Other highlights last season in the UK included an opera gala with Anna Netrebko at the Royal Albert Hall, and in November 2017 the Orchestra toured the UK performing Elvis Presley songs live to film footage of The King of Rock himself, taken at various concerts throughout his career.

Last December also saw the Orchestra perform the music from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets live to the feature film at six venues across the UK.  This season the Orchestra continues to perform film scores live in concert with the UK Premiere of The English Patient and the third Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at the Royal Albert Hall.  In October 2017, the Orchestra undertook a major tour of South East Asia including Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Vietnam, reaching out to new audiences in these territories.  The RPCO has just returned from a tour to Abu Dhabi as part of the UAE National Day celebrations: yet another new territory for the Orchestra.

The Orchestra was delighted to return to many summer music festivals in 2018, appearing at Hampton Court Palace, Royal Hospital Chelsea, Kenwood House and Rochester Castle, to name a few.  Other high profile projects included two performances at Wembley Arena of a Game of Thrones programme to capacity crowds, a gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall to mark the tercentenary of the Freemasons movement, and a sold-out performance also at the Royal Albert Hall with 2Cellos.

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