Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Sym. orch. founded 1946 by Sir Thomas Beecham, who remained prin. cond. until his death in 1961. Regular orch. at Glyndebourne Fest. 1947–63. Tour of USA 1950 (first Brit. orch. to visit Amer. since LSO 1912). Rudolf Kempe became ass. cond. 1960, chief cond. 1961–3, art. dir. from 1964 (cond. for life from 1970). Antal Dorati was appointed cond.-in-chief 1975–8, Walter Weller 1980–5. André Previn from 1985–7 and prin. cond. 1987–92, Yuri Temirkanov prin. cond. from 1992. Vladimir Ashkenazy mus. dir. 1987–94, Daniele Gatti from 1996. No connection with Royal Philharmonic Society.

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