Featuring: the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s (RPO) first ever Artist-in-Residence, a captivating new series entitled Myths and Fairytales, a real-time digital programme app and, to top it all, a brand new festival based in and around Cadogan Estate. The RPO’s unmissable 2017–18 Season at Cadogan Hall offers audiences the freshest and the most intimate concert experience in London.
Let’s begin with Esther Yoo, a former BBC Young Generation artist and who first came to international attention in 2010 where she became the youngest ever prize winner of the International Sibelius Violin Competition. In 2018, the RPO is delighted to welcome her as its first ever Artist-in-Residence. Esther will begin her RPO journey by performing Sibelius’ Violin Concerto (2 May 2018) with further concerts planned in Autumn 2018.
Following the success of his Symphonic Soundscapes series, the Orchestra’s Principal Associate Conductor, Alexander Shelley, explores and delves into the musical underworld of myths and fairytales. With four concerts featured in this new season, the repertoire includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Sibelius’ Nightride and Sunrise and excerpts from Grieg’s Peer Gynt, featuring vocal soloists from the Royal College of Music. Each concert is introduced from the stage by Shelley, making these concerts particularly well suited for new audiences. The RPO also continues its successful series in partnership with the City of London Choir exploring Haydn’s choral works, this season including Harmoniemesse, ‘Creation Mass’ and Te Deum for the Empress Marina Theresa.
The RPO’s 2017/18 Season features a number of new generation artist’s debuts including the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition winner Dmitry Masleev performing Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.2 (13 March 2018), cellist Leonard Elschenbroich with Tchaikovsky’s classically inspired Variations on a Rococo Theme (7 November 2017), and highly acclaimed German conductor Christoph Altstaedt opening the Season with a performance of Beethoven’s 'Pastoral' Symphony (10 October 2017). A new partnership with The John Ireland Trust brings to the stage a rare opportunity to hear John Ireland’s Piano Concerto by Mark Bebbington and the RPO joins forces with the Romanian Cultural Institute to stage performances of Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No.1 and Lipatti’s Concertino in Classical Style, the latter featuring pianist Alexandra Dariescu.
Building the relationship between the orchestra members and the audience sits at the heart of the new Season, with a number of the RPO’s Principal players taking the soloist’s spotlight. The RPO’s newly appointed Principal Trumpet, James Fountain, takes to the stage with Haydn’s lively Trumpet Concerto (10 October 2017), Katherine Lacy, RPO Principal Clarinet, performs Mozart’s ever-popular Clarinet Concerto (15 April 2018) and RPO Leader Duncan Riddell performs Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending as part of the RPO’s annual Legacy Concert.
Digital technology also plays its part during the next season, as EnCue by Octava delivers a real-time programme note to an audience member’s mobile device. Following an initial successful trial, EnCue by Octava will continue to develop and offer a fascinating insight into the music as it unfolds from the stage.
“The RPO’s central focus for the 2017/18 Season at Cadogan Hall is presenting the highest quality audience experience” says James Williams, the newly appointed Managing Director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. “The RPO’s versatility combined with the intimacy of Cadogan Hall and the exceptional roster of artists we’ll be working with, sets the scene for an exhilarating musical journey. In addition to the Season above, we’ll shortly be releasing details for the RPO’s Cadogan Festival in June 2018, featuring the RPO’s Principal Guest Conductor, Pinchas Zukerman.”