Sat 24 October
Leeds Town Hall
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Simon Wright - conductor
Elgar (arr Knight) - Cockaigne Overture Listen
Gabrieli - Canzon Septimi Toni A 8 No 1 Listen
Imogen Holst - Leiston Suite
i Entry Music, ii Jig, iii Interlude, iv Slow Air, v March to the Tune of Kettle-Drum Listen
Enrique Granados (arr Crees) - Three Spanish Dances Listen
Duke Ellington - Chelsea Bridge Listen
Jim Parker - A Londoner in New York Listen
Programme duration approximately 75 mins. Please note there will be no interval.
Join us as we shine a spotlight on the exceptional brass players and percussionists of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This dazzling programme takes us on a musical journey, from Granados’ charming Spanish Dances and the bright fanfares of Italian composer Gabrieli, to the jazz-infused sounds of Duke Ellington and Jim Parker’s perfect musical evocation of the Big Apple. Celebrating great British works, we hear the music of Gustav Holst’s daughter, Imogen Holst, who made an enormous contribution to the country’s music, and a special arrangement of Elgar’s London-themed Cockaigne Overture.
As the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) approaches its seventy-fifth anniversary in 2021, its mission to enrich lives through orchestral experiences that are uncompromising in its excellence and inclusive in its appeal, places the RPO at the forefront of music-making in the UK. Performing approximately 200 concerts each season and with a worldwide audience of more than half-a-million people, the Orchestra embraces a broad repertoire that enables it to reach the most diverse audience of any British symphony orchestra. Whilst artistic integrity remains paramount, the RPO is unafraid to push boundaries and is equally at home recording video game, film and television soundtracks and working with pop stars, as it is performing the great symphonic repertoire.
The RPO collaborates with the most inspiring artists and looks forward to welcoming its new Music Director, Vasily Petrenko, in September 2021. Vasily Petrenko will join a roster of titled conductors that includes Pinchas Zukerman (Principal Guest Conductor), Alexander Shelley (Principal Associate Conductor) and Grzegorz Nowak (Permanent Associate Conductor).
Cadogan Hall in London has been the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s home since 2004. Here it performs an annual season of concerts, many of which are subsequently toured to its seven principal residency venues. In addition, the Orchestra promotes more than forty-five concerts each season at partnership venues across the country, several of which are in areas where access to live orchestral music is very limited. In London, the Orchestra also promotes a season of symphonic concerts at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall and a popular series at the iconic Royal Albert Hall, where it has recently been appointed as the Hall’s Associate Orchestra.
As a respected cultural ambassador, the RPO enjoys a busy schedule of international touring, performing in the world’s great concerts halls and at prestigious international festivals.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has always been entrepreneurial and in 1986 it was the first UK orchestra to launch its own record label. The RPO has gone on to embrace advances in digital technology and now achieves nearly thirty million downloads of its recorded music each year. The Orchestra is increasingly active online (www.rpo.co.uk) and on social media (@rpoonline) providing audiences with the opportunity to engage with the RPO and enjoy ‘behind-the-scenes’ film clips and photographs.
Passion, versatility and uncompromising artistic standards are the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s hallmarks, and as it looks forward to an exciting future with its new Music Director, Vasily Petrenko, it will continue to be recognised as one of the world’s most open-minded, forward-thinking and accessible symphony orchestras.
£41, £31, £21, £16
Under 18s/full-time students/unwaged: 50% off
(prices include 10% booking fee)
Due to limited capacity and current social distancing measures, advance booking is required. We regret that booking tickets on the door is not currently an option.