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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) is an English orchestra based in London. It tours widely, and is sometimes called "Britain's national orchestra". Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Ethnicity... Orchestra at City Hall (Edmonton). ... St Stevens Tower - The Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster which contains Big Ben London (see also different names) is the capital city of the United Kingdom and of England. ...

The RPO was founded in 1946 by Thomas Beecham and played its first concert in Croydon on September 15, 1946. Beecham was principal conductor until his death in 1961. He was followed by then assistant conductor Rudolf Kempe, who was given the title of Conductor for Life in 1970. Subsequent musical directors and principal conductors have been Antal DorĂ¡ti (1975-78), Walter Weller (1980-85), AndrĂ© Previn (1985-92), Vladimir Ashkenazy (1987-94). Yuri Temirkanov was appointed principal conductor in 1992, and Daniele Gatti music director in 1996. Thomas Beecham (April 29, 1879 - March 8, 1961) was a British conductor. ... For other Croydons see Croydon (disambiguation) Croydon is a large suburban town and commercial centre to the south of London and forms part of the Greater London conurbation. ... September 15 is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years). ... 1946 was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... A conductors score and batons Conducting is the act of directing a musical performance by way of visible gestures. ... Rudolf Kempe (June 14, 1910 – May 12, 1976) was a German conductor. ... Antal Doráti KBE (April 9, 1906 – November 13, 1988) was a conductor and composer. ... André Previn (born April 6, 1930)¹ is a prominent pianist, orchestral conductor, and composer. ... Vladimir Ashkenazy Vladimir Davidovich Ashkenazy (sometimes transliterated Ashkenazi) (Russian: Влади́мир А́шкенази) (born July 6, 1937), is a conductor and pianist. ... Yuri Khatuevich Temirkanov (born December 10, 1938) is a Russian conductor. ...

The orchestra toured the United States in 1950, thus becoming the first British orchestra to visit America since the London Symphony Orchestra in 1912. The London Symphony Orchestra (frequently abbreviated to LSO) is a full time orchestra based in London. ...

As well as performing works from the classical repertoire, the RPO has recorded a number of film scores, including those for Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's The Red Shoes. It recorded the Hooked on Classics series of records, and has also recorded several orchestra arrangements of pop tunes by the likes of Pink Floyd, Queen and ABBA. Recently, the orchestra has become closely associated with Classic FM. The official version of the theme music for the UEFA Champions League was recorded by the RPO. Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed Film is considered by many to be an important art form; films entertain, educate, enlighten and inspire audiences. ... Michael Powell film-maker. ... Emeric Pressburger (December 5, 1902 РFebruary 5, 1988) was a Jewish Hungarian screenwriter and producer, who emigrated to England in the 1930s. ... Film The Red Shoes (1948) is a film by the British-based director-writer team of Powell & Pressburger. ... A reunited Pink Floyd at the London Live 8 concert on July 2, 2005. ... The Queen logo, designed by Freddie Mercury Queen is a British rock band which was popular during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s; even to this day they remain loved by millions. ... ABBA (clockwise from top: Benny, Bj̦rn, Frida, Agnetha) on the cover of their album The Definitive Collection (2001) ABBA (1970 - 1982) was a Swedish pop music group. ... Classic FM is the United Kingdoms first national commercial radio station, broadcasting classical music in a popular and accessible style. ... Champions League Logo European Champion Clubs Cup The UEFA Champions League is an annual international inter-club football competition for Europes most successful clubs. ...

In October 2003 14 of the RPO's musicians recorded string parts for several tracks of the British folk metal band Skyclad's 2004 album A Semblance Of Normality. Folk metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal that incorporates elements of folk music. ... The lineup at the time of the Folkémon album. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A Semblance Of Normality is the 12th studio album by the British folk metal band Skyclad, released in the year 2004. ...

Associated with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra which is devoted to playing lighter classics. It was formed in 1987.

Other London-based orchestras include the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonia and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The London Symphony Orchestra (frequently abbreviated to LSO) is a full time orchestra based in London. ... The London Philharmonic Orchestra (frequently abbreviated to LPO), based in London, is one of the major orchestras of the United Kingdom. ... The English Chamber Orchestra is a small (hence chamber) orchestra based in London. ... The Philharmonia is an orchestra based in London. ... The BBC Symphony Orchestra is the principal orchestra of the British Broadcasting Corporation and one of the leading orchestras in Britain. ...

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