Two British music icons will join forces in a new five-year partnership as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) becomes the official Associate Orchestra of the Royal Albert Hall, reaffirming London’s position as a global centre for the arts.
Announced on 8 November 2020, the new partnership seeks to broaden the artistic programmes and audiences for orchestral music at the Royal Albert Hall.
The move comes at a time when new national research for the RPO reveals that orchestral repertoire has become the music genre people would most like to learn more about (35%) – followed by rock (29%), musicals (27%), pop (24%), jazz (21%) and country music (21%).
This announcement follows the recent appointment of Vasily Petrenko as the orchestra’s new Music Director. These moves form part of the RPO’s strategy to create a contemporary, inclusive orchestra combining heritage and modernity – using orchestral music as a universal language to unite people of different backgrounds, ages, cultures and languages.
This new partnership will play a key role as the Royal Albert Hall prepares to celebrate its 150th Anniversary in 2021. This also coincides with the RPO’s 75th Anniversary and Petrenko’s official start as Music Director. The RPO will play a key role in the Royal Albert Hall’s regular series such as Christmas, Films in Concert and Love Classical, alongside the RPO’s own concert programme. There will also be opportunities to collaborate on community, family and education programmes.
James Williams, Managing Director at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, said:
‘Today’s strategic partnership with the Royal Albert Hall builds on a strong 25-year relationship between our organisations. Credited as being the UK’s hardest working orchestra, the RPO continues to break into new markets around the world and, by joining forces with the Royal Albert Hall, we will give international music lovers a compelling reason to visit London for benchmark performances at this iconic venue. This new partnership signals a new chapter for the Royal Albert Hall and RPO and sets the foundations for many new initiatives to come.”
Lucy Noble, Artistic Director at the Royal Albert Hall, said:
‘The Hall is one of the most loved classical music venues in the world, and this new partnership will strengthen our orchestral programming year-round. Without a doubt, the RPO fully embodies our values. Its track record for education work and the sheer breadth and creativity of its popular concerts made our decision to partner with them an easy one. We can’t wait to get started.’
See Vasily Petrenko (below) talking to Matt Griffiths at The Royal Albert Hall.