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Resident Orchestra at Cadogan Hall NOVEMBER 2012 – JUNE 2013

Orchestral excellence in London’s award-winning venue

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David Charles Abell Mary Carewe Sarah Eyden Graham Bickley Booking Information


© Joanna Wyld, 2012

Chikara Iwamura Rachel Nicholls Sarah Pring David Danholt Njabulo Madlala Pablo Boggiano Ayako Tanaka


The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is the Resident Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, generously supported by Cadogan Estates.

Alexander Shelley Peter Jablonski Nicholas Collon Samuel West


The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra looks forward to welcoming you to Cadogan Hall for another season of outstanding music-making.

Martyn Brabbins Jack Liebeck Sir Peter Maxwell Davies


The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is committed to including vibrant new music in its programmes, and this season it gives the London première of the Suite from Tarik O’Regan’s new opera, Heart of Darkness. There is also a concert showcasing the music of great British composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, who has composed music especially for the RPO. As Master of the Queen’s Music, Maxwell Davies writes for many glittering events, but it is the raw beauty of his home, the Orkney Islands, that most inspires him. His Orkney Wedding, With Sunrise always delights audiences with its humorous portrayal of an unruly Scottish knees-up.

Fabien Gabel Janina Fialkowska Dmitry Yablonsky Farhad Badalbeyli

Jan - Feb

Highlights of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2012-2013 season include a concert devoted to the music of Leonard Bernstein, with show-stopping numbers from his musicals and film scores, featuring the bittersweet beauty of West Side Story. Mozart fans will flock to hear his famous Requiem alongside the majestic Symphony No.40, or, for those who prefer Mozart’s operatic music, there are several vocal gems in a programme which culminates in the mesmerising ‘Pathétique’ Symphony by Tchaikovsky.

Nov - Dec

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is delighted to present its new season of concerts at Cadogan Hall. In one of its most diverse and exciting seasons yet, the Orchestra performs a mixture of classical masterworks, dazzling film scores and brand-new music never before performed in London. For this season, the RPO is joined by world-renowned artists including award-winning violinist Jack Liebeck and acclaimed young conductor Nicholas Collon.

Rory Macdonald Natasha Paremski Mike Allen Nick Davies Mary Carewe Michael Dore

Vaughan Williams Shostakovich Delius Sibelius

Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis Piano Concerto No.1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings The Walk to the Paradise Garden Symphony No.5

Nov - Dec

Thursday 29th November 2012, 7.30pm


This delectable programme of spine-tingling works opens with the Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis by Vaughan Williams, followed by the fascinating Piano Concerto No.1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings by Shostakovich. The Walk to the Paradise Garden, from the opera A Village Romeo and Juliet by Delius, is a gloriously seductive work, its sumptuous orchestration dripping with nostalgia. As if this wasn’t enough, the epic Fifth Symphony by Sibelius, one of his masterpieces, builds to a climactic finale with its unforgettable French horn theme.

Jan - Feb

Rory Macdonald Conductor Natasha Paremski Piano Mike Allen Trumpet

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Tuesday 18th December 2012, 3pm and 7.30pm Saturday 22nd December 2012, 3pm CHRISTMAS CRACKER 2012



Nick Davies Conductor Mary Carewe Vocalist Michael Dore Vocalist

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Mary’s Boy Child, Sleigh Ride, The Little Road to Bethlehem, Santa Baby, Let it Snow plus many more!


This scrumptious Christmas favourite is perfect to whet your Yuletide appetite. Featuring a sparkling mix of Christmas songs and orchestral pieces, plus sing-along carols to help lift your spirits and celebrate this fun time of year. Suitable for the family, Mary Carewe and Michael Dore sing their hearts out with a programme to include…

Friday 25th January 2013, 7.30pm

Brahms Tragic Overture Chopin Piano Concerto No.2 Beethoven Symphony No.6, ‘Pastoral’

Fabien Gabel Conductor Janina Fialkowska Piano

Jan - Feb March

Brahms composed his Tragic Overture while on holiday in 1880, writing that ‘I could not refuse my melancholy nature the satisfaction of composing an overture for a tragedy.’ The Overture encompasses imposing, turbulent ideas, poignant lyricism and memorable rhythms. In Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.2, the irresistibly romantic Larghetto is framed by an animated, intricate opening movement, and a lively finale in the style of Polish folk-music. Beethoven’s expansive ‘Pastoral’ Symphony is a magnificent mixture of charm and innovation, brimming with evocative melodies which create a vivid impression of the countryside in all its majesty.

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Thursday 7th February 2013, 7.30pm

Festive Overture Karelia Suite Piano Concerto No.1


Shostakovich Sibelius Prokofiev Mussorgsky, orch. Ravel

Pictures at an Exhibition Dmitry Yablonsky Conductor Farhad Badalbeyli Piano


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Written in just three days, Shostakovich’s Festive Overture is a dazzling tour de force, demanding breathtaking agility from the whole orchestra. Also written in haste, the Karelia Suite by Sibelius is one of his most popular works, its shimmering textures and bold melodies celebrating the composer’s native Finland. Prokofiev’s dynamic and colourful First Piano Concerto was written when he was a student; Prokofiev premièred the Concerto himself, considering it to be his first mature work. This programme culminates in the grandeur of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition orchestrated by Ravel, each movement vividly conjuring up a different scene.

Sir Peter M axwell Davies Tuesday 12th March 2013, 7.30pm Sir Peter Maxwell Davies Symphony No.6 Sir Peter Maxwell Davies Violin Concerto No.1 Sir Peter Maxwell Davies Orkney Wedding, With Sunrise

Martyn Brabbins Conductor Jack Liebeck Violin

Introduced by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

March April

A concert devoted to music by one of Britain’s most dynamic composers, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, who regularly works with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and who collaborated with the Orchestra in choosing this programme. The Sixth Symphony and the Violin Concerto were written with members of the Royal Philharmonic in mind, and was premièred by the RPO. Maxwell Davies’ Violin Concerto combines enthralling originality with the influence of Scottish folk music. Of the irrepressible Orkney Wedding, With Sunrise, Gramophone wrote: Davies is a master story-teller in this vividly detailed tone-painting of a rustic, often raucous, allnight wedding celebration. The Independent added: It brought the house down.

May-June Booking RPO friends’ discounts apply

Thursday 11th April 2013, 7.30pm Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade

Alexander Shelley Conductor Peter Jablonski Piano

This irresistible selection of Russian scores begins with one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous compositions, his achingly beautiful Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, which perfectly captures the tenderness and heartbreak of the young lovers. Pianist Peter Jablonski takes to the stage for Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. One of Rachmaninov’s most exuberant works, the Rhapsody is full of superb orchestration and at the heart of the piece is a ravishing version of the theme. To round off this sparkling programme, Rimsky-Korsakov’s intoxicating interpretation of the Arabian Nights, Scheherazade, brims with colourful sonorities and exotic, seductive melodies. RPO friends’ discounts apply

Tuesday 23rd April 2013, 7.30pm


Cockaigne Overture Suite from Heart of Darkness for narrator and orchestra – London première Symphony No.2


Elgar Tarik O’Regan

Nicholas Collon Conductor Samuel West Narrator

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Samuel West will appear subject to availability.


A heady mixture of new music and established classics, this concert combines two renowned masterworks with the London première of the Suite from Tarik O’Regan’s recent opera, Heart of Darkness. Inspired by Joseph Conrad’s novella, O’Regan’s opera has already met with great acclaim for its ‘music of startling beauty’ (The Observer) and ‘a magical and haunting sound-world’ (The Telegraph). Elgar’s Cockaigne Overture is a vibrant celebration of London, depicting a couple exploring the metropolis, enjoying sounds from church bells to a brass band. The Second Symphony by Sibelius is one of his most engaging and beautiful compositions, overflowing with exhilarating orchestral textures.

Saturday 18th May 2013, 7.30pm Mozart Symphony No.40 Mozart Requiem

Chikara Iwamura Conductor Rachel Nicholls Soprano Sarah Pring Mezzo - Soprano David Danholt Tenor Njabulo Madlala Baritone Britain-Japan Goodwill Exchange Choir

An essential concert for Mozart lovers, boasting two of his most scintillating masterpieces. Mozart’s ‘Great’ G minor Symphony No.40 was his penultimate work in the genre, written when the composer was at the peak of his powers. After its unmistakeable opening bars, full of intrigue and mystery, the Symphony unfolds into music ranging from elegant lyricism to profound drama. Despite the fact that not all of Mozart’s Requiem was completed by the composer himself, the sheer brilliance of the music makes this one of his most powerful and enduring works. RPO friends’ discounts apply

Tuesday 4th June 2013, 7.30pm Weber Mozart Mozart Mozart Tchaikovsky

Overture to Euryanthe Mia speranza adorata K.416 Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio! K.418 Popoli di Tessaglia! K.316 Symphony No.6 ‘Pathétique’ Pablo Boggiano Conductor Ayako Tanaka Soprano


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May-June Jan - Feb

A glorious programme encompassing music of sublime wit, high drama and intense emotion. Mozart produced some of the most joyous operatic music ever written, and we are treated to several delights boasting vocal lines of deep expression and breathtaking agility. Weber’s operas have been hugely influential, inspiring the likes of Wagner to embark on his pioneering music dramas. But it is his operatic overtures which are most frequently performed, and their popularity is understandable: the music brims with energy, intrigue and originality. The programme culminates in the devastating beauty of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Pathétique’ Symphony, a masterpiece of aching emotion and symphonic brilliance.

Tuesday 11th June 2013, 7.30pm BERNSTEIN NIGHT David Charles Abell Conductor Mary Carewe Vocalist Sarah Eyden Vocalist Graham Bickley Vocalist

A truly unmissable programme, offering a sumptuous array of film and theatre music by Leonard Bernstein. With songs from West Side Story, Candide, On The Town, Wonderful Town and Trouble in Tahiti, this is an essential concert for Bernstein fans – and for anyone who loves the glamour of Broadway show-tunes. There are some orchestral gems, too, including the irresistible love theme from On the Waterfront. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is joined for this concert by three star singers, all acclaimed for their powerful and expressive voices. A real treat.


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Cadogan Hall Booking Information Ticket prices £40 £32.50 £25 £15 (Christmas Cracker £45 £35



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Telephone bookings 020 7730 4500 STAGE

Online bookings Subscription discounts Generous discounts are available for booking multiple concerts from the RPO’s Resident Season. Please ask at the Box Office when booking. 2 or 3 concerts – 15% discount 4 or 5 concerts – 25% discount 6 or more concerts – 30% discount Cadogan Hall 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ 2 minutes’ walk from Sloane Square Underground

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Arts Council England


Cadogan Hall - November 2012 to June 2013