ROYAL PHILHARMONIC CONCERT ORCHESTRA
The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (RPCO) was formed in 1987 and has built up an international reputation in its own right. Performing in the major concert halls and concert venues in the UK and around the world, from China and the Far East to North and South America, the RPCO is known for its versatile programming of classical, light classical and popular music.
The RPCO has a worldwide reputation for working with internationally renowned artists, ranging from opera luminaries, such as Andrea Bocelli, José Carreras, Lesley Garrett, Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming, Kiri Te Kanawa and the late Luciano Pavarotti, to popular culture icons, including Burt Bacharach, Tina Turner, Henry Mancini, Liza Minnelli, Barry Manilow, Sting and Stevie Wonder, to name a few. Their many high profile projects have also included an invitation to perform with Dame Shirley Bassey for a Charity Gala held at Windsor Castle in the presence of HRH The Duke of York, and an appearance at the Sundance Festival in Holland with reggae stars John Holt, Luciano and members of UB40.
One of the RPCO’s biggest touring engagements in recent seasons was to accompany Sting on part of his world tour of Symphonicity, giving performances across North America and Europe to wide critical acclaim. The RPCO also performed the music of John Williams for the production of Star Wars: A Musical Journey.
The RPCO’s many recordings include Mancini Rocks the Pops and Elmer Bernstein by Elmer Bernstein. It has featured on two best-selling recordings with Lesley Garrett, including the hugely successful album Soprano in Red.
“There’s only one way to express what music gives me. It gives me a purpose. It gives me point. When I sing, I can just be me”, says Jonathan Antoine. The 22 year-old tenor, who became a national sensation after his appearance on Britain’s Got Talent in 2012 has risen above many challenging moments to become a more confident but down to earth performer who truly appreciates everything he has achieved to date. His humility, as well as a rather good voice, is what endears him to so many.
Releasing his first solo CD ‘Tenore’ (2014) was something Jonathan felt incredibly proud of - this went straight to number one in the Classical charts and stayed there for three weeks. He is the youngest tenor to ever have a Classical number one in the UK.
His second solo CD ‘Believe (2016) reached number two in the Classical charts as well as charting at number 10 in the US Classical billboards. With a mix of classical arias, musical theatre songs and contemporary classics, Believe showcases Jonathan’s amazing vocal range and his ability to tap into a multitude of music genres.
Laura first shot to fame as chorister of the year when she was just 14, but now with over a million album sales under her belt, she has been one of the biggest selling classical artists this decade.
A familiar face at worldwide sporting events, Laura is proud to be the England Rugby team’s first ever official anthem singer, performing at the men’s and women’s rugby matches, all at Twickenham.
Laura has toured with Alfie Boe and Russell Watson, opened the iTunes Festival for Andrea Bocelli and duetted with Donny Osmond for Children In Need. As a royal favourite, HM The Queen cited Laura’s Diamond Jubilee Song ‘Stronger As One’ in her Commonwealth Day Message at Westminster Abbey, where the song was premiered and secured a number one chart position on Gary Barlow’s Sing EP.
It was her combined love of sports and classical music that led to the creation of her album ‘Sound of Strength’ (2014), where she fuses her twin passions into a unique sound which emphasises the physical power of music. Nominated for a Classical Brit Award, Laura went on to receive the PPL Classical Award at the Nordoff Robbins 02 Silver Clef Awards.
Known for commissioning new music, high-quality and passionate singing, tackling difficult, rarely performed music as well as much-loved and well-known pieces, Hertfordshire Chorus is one of the UK’s finest symphonic choirs. The choir performs regularly in the UK’s major concert halls, as well as more locally in St Albans Cathedral and Hatfield House. It appears frequently with the BBC Concert Orchestra and with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra in the Castle Proms, has worked with Daniele Gatti and José Carreras, and has made numerous recordings.
David Temple has been Musical Director of Hertfordshire Chorus since September 2000. He is well known for working with the BBC Symphony Chorus as well as for collaborations with the pop and rock world, including with Noel Gallagher, Ray Davies, Oasis and Goldfrapp. David is also the regular UK chorus master for Ennio Morricone and Andrea Bocelli.
There are a number of ways you can get here to experience what Castle Concerts has to offer. An overview of travel options and help is listed below:
There is no parking directly on site, however there are a number of pay and display (coin operated) car parks located near by.There is a free of charge coach park located in nearby Corporation Street, and a coach drop off point at the rear of the visitor information centre.
Rochester station is a short walk from the venue (less than 5 minutes). Strood station is approximately a 10 minute walk from the venue, over Rochester Bridge. Click here to visit South Eastern's website.
Services in Rochester are operated by Arriva and Nu Venture. Alight in Corporation Street within a short distance of the castle.
Postcode: ME1 1SW
A range of hot and cold snacks are available in the castle gardens. Two bars, selling alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, will be open during the concerts. They will close 30 minutes before the end of each concert.
PLEASE NOTE: Food and drink is permitted in the venue but no glass items.
Gates will open at 5pm for Tuesday to Friday concerts. Gates will open at 3pm for Proms (Saturday). At these times the venue will be open to ticket holders only.
Reasonably sized collapsible chairs will be allowed into the castle gardens. A limited number of seats will be available and issued on a first come, first served basis.
Toilets are available within the castle grounds. No barbecues or gas cylinders will be permitted under any circumstances. No dogs (except guide dogs) or other pets will be admitted.