The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
was founded in 1946 by Sir Thomas Beecham. Today the Orchestra
is committed to bringing exciting music-making of the
highest quality to the widest possible audience. Whilst
the Orchestra is based in London, it tours regularly throughout
the country, confirming its role as Britain's National
The Orchestra has established a successful residency
at Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall currently reflected
by a series of ten concerts linked to an imaginative
community and education programme. In 1995/1996 the
Orchestra launched a new series of concerts at the Royal
Albert Hall with the aim of making its London home there.
Since 1975 its Music Directors have included Antal
Dorati, André Previn and Vladimar Ashkenazy. Daniele
Gatti has been appointed Music Director of the Royal
Philharmonic with effect from September 1996.
The orchestra is currently undertaking a recording
contract with Tring International for 125 CDs, the largest-ever
recording contract between one orchestra and a record
company. It has also formed a close association with
The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra was founded
in 1987 to cater for light classical music and has appeared
with artists such as Dione Warwick, Jose Carreras and
Julian Lloyd Webber.