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February – June 2014

GREAT GROUP DISCOUNTS! Save up to 35% off all ticket prices

Royal Albert Hall

Tickets £44 – £14 (after discounts)

Live in Concert! Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Saturday 5th April 2014, 3pm & 7.30pm

Dear Group Travel Organiser, It is my pleasure to bring you details of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s (RPO) London season of ‘own-promotion’ concerts from February to June 2014, for which groups of just 10 or more people save up to 35% on tickets and receive a whole host of other benefits. The RPO performs at some of London’s finest venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and Cadogan Hall. From pop and rock hits and a brand new exclusive concert, Pirates of the Caribbean, to the music of Elgar, Berlioz and Tchaikovsky; whether you’re a fan of film music or a classical connoisseur, there’s something in this exciting new season for every musical taste. We look forward to welcoming you and your group to an RPO concert soon! With best wishes, Jo Thomson Friends’ and Groups’ Co-ordinator page 2

BRAND NEW FOR 2014 David Firman Conductor Witness the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow and his motley crew unfold in this classic tale of pirates, mystery and romance. In a spectacular screening of the sensational Disney blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, accompanied by a live orchestral performance of Klaus Badelt’s electrifying score, this film will truly spring to life in the magnificent surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall! Featuring the well-known tracks He’s a Pirate and The Medallion Calls, as well as jaunty folk jigs and longing love themes to boot, the music from Pirates of the Caribbean appeals to audiences of all ages. Watch captivated as David Firman takes to the stage to conduct the Orchestra in this impressive feat of timing! With swashbuckling strings and buccaneering brass, a live performance of this score is the perfect accompaniment to a day of film and fun. Please note that Choir seats are NOT available for Pirates of the Caribbean. Booking fees apply.

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Prices for Pirates of the Caribbean only. Please see page 4 for seating areas. 20% Ticket Discount Seating Areas Price 10-29 people Grand Tier boxes £55 £44 Loggia Boxes £55 £44 Stalls £45 £36 Second Tier Boxes £45 £36 £45 £36 Arena (all) Loggia Boxes £30 £24 (restricted view, on sides) £30 £24 Front Circle (rows 1-4) £25 £20 Rear Circle (rows 5-7) £16 Side Circle (Restricted View) £20

30% Discount 30+ people £38.50 £38.50 £31.50 £31.50 £31.50 £21 £21 £17.50 £14

Royal Albert Hall

Tickets £37.50 – £9.75 (after discounts)

Symphonic Rock 10th Anniversary Concert Thursday 1st May 2014, 7.30pm 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the RPO’s Symphonic Rock concerts in London’s Royal Albert Hall. Celebrate a whole decade of legendary rock anthems and chart-topping hits played with a symphonic twist. Including music by: Bon Jovi, Meat Loaf, U2, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Robbie Williams, George Michael… and many more! NEW FOR 2014! A special tribute to the anthemic music of Coldplay, featuring Viva la Vida, Trouble, Fix You... and more.

Tchaikovsky Gala Saturday 10th May 2014, 7.30pm Tchaikovsky Capriccio Italien Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin: Polonaise Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Suite No.1 Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture

Grzegorz Nowak Conductor Peter Donohoe Piano

This festival of Tchaikovsky’s most loved scores returns for another stunning concert, which pays tribute to the Russian master of music and features an explosive indoor firework finale! The RPO’s Principal Associate Conductor Grzegorz Nowak will be joined by virtuoso pianist Peter Donohoe for an expert performance of Tchaikovsky’s epic Piano Concerto No.1. From the grace and elegance of The Nutcracker Suite to the triumphant and awe-inspiring 1812 Overture, Tchaikovsky’s music never fails to jerk a tear and stir the soul. Please see overleaf for prices and seating areas. Group Bookings Line 020 7608 8840

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Royal Albert Hall

Tickets £37.50 – £9.75 (after discounts)

Film Music Gala

Organ Choir

Choir Stage

Thursday 5th June 2014, 7.30pm Paul Bateman Conductor Tommy Pearson Presenter Lights! Camera! Action! The big screen takes to the big stage for another spectacular evening of movie magic as the Orchestra performs excerpts from the unforgettable scores of box office blockbusters, timeless tearjerkers and cinematic classics. Highlights include music from: Star Wars®, Harry Potter, Gladiator, Jurassic Park, The Lord of the Rings, The Big Country, Indiana Jones, Rocky, Ghostbusters, Mission: Impossible… and many more! NEW FOR 2014! A tribute to the great film composer Elmer Bernstein, featuring classic film scores from: The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven, To Kill a Mockingbird, Walk on the Wild Side, The Man with the Golden Arm… and more.

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Prices for Symphonic Rock, Tchaikovsky Gala and Film Music Gala only. Booking fees apply. Seating Areas Ticket 25% Discount 35% Discount Please refer to the seating plan above Price 10-29 people 30+ people Stalls £50 £37.50 £32.50 Loggia Boxes £50 £37.50 £32.50 Second Tier Boxes £45 £33.75 £29.25 £42 £31.50 £27.30 Front Arena (rows 1-15) £38 £28.50 £24.70 Rear Arena (rows 16-29) £32 £24 £20.80 Front Circle (rows 1-4) £28 £21 £18.20 Mid Choir (rows 1-3) £23 £17.25 £14.95 Rear Circle (rows 5-7) £23 £17.25 £14.95 Upper Choir (rows 4-9) £15 £11.25 £9.75 Side Circle (Restricted View)

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Royal Festival Hall

Tickets £43.50 – £6.50 (after discounts)

John Lill’s 70th Steven Isserlis Elgar’s Cello Concerto Birthday Celebration performs Tuesday 22nd April 2014, 7.30pm Monday 17th March 2014, 7.30pm Brahms Tragic Overture Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3 Dvorˇák Symphony No.8 Thomas Dausgaard Conductor John Lill Piano Join acclaimed British pianist John Lill as he celebrates his 70th birthday with a performance of Rachmaninov’s enigmatic and deeply emotional Piano Concerto No.3. Vivid orchestral brilliance combined with pianistic poetry makes for an exquisite evening that also features Brahms’ Tragic Overture and Dvorˇák’s Symphony No.8, which is renowned for its inspired Bohemian folk themes and lush melodies. Group Bookings Line 020 7608 8840

Charles Dutoit

conducts Saint-Saëns’ ‘Organ’ Symphony Wednesday 14th May 2014, 7.30pm

Prokofiev Symphony No.1, ‘Classical’ Elgar Cello Concerto Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade

Ravel Valses nobles et sentimentales Berlioz Les nuits d’été Saint-Saëns Symphony No.3, ‘Organ’

Kirill Karabits Conductor Steven Isserlis Cello

Charles Dutoit Conductor Susan Graham Mezzo-soprano Stephen Disley Organ

Steven Isserlis, renowned for his expressive tone and masterful performances, performs Elgar’s poignantly evocative Cello Concerto. With its desolate beauty and rich orchestration, it is widely considered to be one of the finest cello concertos ever composed. Prokofiev’s witty Symphony No.1, ‘Classical’ and Rimsky-Korsakov’s sumptuous Scheherazade frame the Concerto, and all three works are deftly conducted by the internationally acclaimed maestro Kirill Karabits.

Charles Dutoit, renowned conductor of French repertoire, takes to the podium for this concert of French masterworks. Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham lends her luscious voice to Berlioz’s beautiful Les nuits d’été, whilst Saint-Saëns’ ‘Organ’ Symphony concludes the evening with its grand and majestic final movement, made popular in recent years by its appearance as the main theme in the 1995 film Babe. page 5

Royal Festival Hall

Tickets £43.50 – £6.50 (after discounts)

John Williams

performs Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez Wednesday 11th June 2014, 7.30pm Elgar In the South Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez Goss Guitar Concerto Gershwin An American in Paris Alexander Shelley Conductor John Williams Guitar

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John Williams, the most celebrated classical guitarist in the world, performs Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, glittering with joyful memories of the composer’s honeymoon, and Goss’ fantastic Guitar Concerto. Elgar whisks us off to Italy in his concert overture In the South and Gershwin takes us to the city of love with An American in Paris as conductor Alexander Shelley takes the helm.

Ticket Price Front Stalls/Rear Stalls/Side Stalls/ Balcony/Boxes £58 £45 £38 £30 £25 £20 £15 £10

25% Discount 35% Discount 10-29 people 30+ people

£43.50 £33.75 £28.50 £22.50 £18.75 £15 £11.25 £7.50

£37.70 £29.25 £24.70 £19.50 £16.25 £13 £9.75 £6.50

Cadogan Hall

Tickets £30 – £9.75 (after discounts)




What the World Needs Now…

Freddy Kempf

Friday 14th February 2014, 7.30pm

Beethoven Fidelio Overture Beethoven Triple Concerto Beethoven Symphony No.7

The Music of Burt Bacharach

Richard Balcombe Conductor Mary Carewe, Graham Bickley, Alison Jiear, Sarah Lark Vocalists Oscar-winning popular composer and performer Burt Bacharach is a towering figure in songwriting, whose career is a roll call of the greatest popular artists of our time, including Tom Jones, the Carpenters, Dionne Warwick and Dusty Springfield. His unbelievable talent has provided the soundtrack to the twentieth-century music charts. Featuring timeless tracks: Reach Out, Magic Moments, What’s New Pussycat?, Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on my Head, Delilah, Do You Know the Way to San Jose, Walk on By, Close to You… and many more! Group Bookings Line 020 7608 8840

conducts Beethoven

Tuesday 25th February 2014, 7.30pm STAGE


Freddy Kempf Conductor/Piano Clio Gould Violin Tim Gill Cello International star Freddy Kempf joins Clio Gould and Tim Gill from the RPO, taking to the stage in this tour de force of virtuosic vibrancy. Beethoven’s dazzling Triple Concerto brings pianist, violinist and cellist together with the full force of the Orchestra for an incredible display of musicianship. The Seventh Symphony, with its stately march and bustling finale, completes this evening in a celebration of Beethoven’s brilliance.


Ticket Price 25% Discount 35% Discount Stalls/Gallery 10-29 people 30+ people £40 £30 £26 £32.50 £24.38 £21.13 £25 £18.75 £16.25 £15 £11.25 £9.75

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GROUP BOOKING INFORMATION Telephone: 020 7608 8840 Email: Website:

RPO Groups Package • Groups of 30+ save up to 35% on all ticket prices • Groups of 10+ save up to 25% on all ticket prices • The entire group receives FREE concert programmes • The group organiser receives TWO FREE concert tickets • Final payment is not due until eight weeks before the concert • Dedicated group bookings line Winner of the 2012 Group Leisure Magazine’s Excellence Award.

All details correct at time of going to press.

‘Just to say that the concert was BRILLIANT! We all really enjoyed it and my group loved being so close to the Orchestra.’ Susan Shapland – Exmoor Extroverts ‘Thank you for a very easy booking system and the free programmes that were supplied on the night.’ Roger A. Dollery – Whiteknights Indoor Bowls Club ‘I just wanted to let you know how much we all thoroughly enjoyed the concert last night. What a great night out. We can’t wait to come back!’ Janette Michaels – Day Trippers

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is delighted to bring you details of its February - June 2014 London season of concerts.