The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
For more than seven decades the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has been at the forefront of music-making in the UK. Its home base since 2004 at London’s Cadogan Hall serves as a springboard for seven principal residencies as well as more than forty-five concerts per year in long-term partnership venues across the country, often in areas where access to live orchestral music is very limited. In London, the Orchestra’s regular performances at Cadogan Hall are complemented by a distinguished series at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall and a hugely popular series at the Royal Albert Hall. With a wider reach than any other UK large ensemble, the RPO has truly become Britain’s national orchestra.
Conductor John Rigby
We were delighted that internationally respected conductor John Rigby once again command the stage, this year not only conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra but also acting as compere and host.
John has a list of outstanding credits. He conducted the London premiere of An American in Paris and is Musical Supervisor for The Phantom of the Opera US tour and for the London production of School of Rock.
Last year he conducted Chess for the English National Opera, a Verdi Gala for Lyric Opera Dublin and the 2018 Johann Strauss Tour for Raymond Gubbay Ltd.
John Rigby said:
“Last year we celebrated the heritage that this unique experience has and also springboarded forward with a refreshed approach and programme. There was more of a party flavour and it was a joy to see the audience singing and dancing into the summer night.”
The Band – Exciting news soon to be announced!
Our Sensational Soloists
Alwyn Mellor is one of the UK’s leading sopranos and currently in great demand flying between appearances in Germany, the UK and Vienna. Born in Lancashire Alwyn studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and made her debut with Welsh National Opera. Principal roles include the Royal Opera London, Opera North, Welsh National Opera, the Paris Opera, Seattle Opera, Washington National Opera and has appeared in concert with various orchestras. Forthcoming concert engagements include performances with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Orchestra of the Music Makers, Singapore.
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Oliver Tompsett has played a host of leading roles in the West End including; Charlie Price in Kinky Boots, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, Galileo in We Will Rock You, Drew Boley in Rock of Ages and Fiyero in Wicked. Oliver is a regular concert performer singing both his own material and that of other composers a recent example being Jason Robert Brown at The Royal Festival Hall.
Louise is best known through her many performances in London’s West End, UK National Tours and international concert arenas. Her most popular theatre recognition is that of playing the roles of Glinda and Elphaba in the West End production of Wicked. Notably, she is the only actress to have played both starring roles in any production of Wicked full time.
Nicky Spence is fast emerging as one of our brightest young tenors. An artist of great integrity, Nicky’s unique skills as a singing actor and the rare honesty in his musicianship are steadfastly earning him a place at the top of the profession.
Highlights of Nicky’s current season include returns to the Paris Opera as Shepherd/Sailor Tristan und Isolde under Philippe Jordan, to La Monnaie, Brussels as Nikita From the House of the Dead and as Sergeant Johnny Strong in the world premiere of Iain Bell’s Jack the Ripper at English National Opera.
The event once again will include a spectacular fly-over with a Spitfire from the Aero Legends stable taking to the skies – a fitting tribute to this heritage event.
Be part of this year’s event on Saturday 13th July – tickets are available here.