Tickets on sale: Friday 16 March 2018
Ticket price: £35
The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (RPCO) has built up an international reputation in its 30-year history, performing in the major concert venues across 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 and has a worldwide reputation for working with internationally renowned artists, ranging from opera luminaries, such as Andrea Bocelli, José Carreras, Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming, Kiri Te Kanawa and the late Luciano Pavarotti, to popular culture icons, including Burt Bacharach, Rod Stewart, Henry Mancini, Barry Manilow, Liza Minnelli, The Pet Shop Boys, Sting and Kylie Minogue, to name a few.
The Orchestra has recently undertaken a major tour of South East Asia including Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Vietnam. Programmes included classical pieces mixed with traditional songs from the region, with all proceeds from the concerts donated to local charities. The RPCO also embarked on a short tour to Gibraltar in September 2017, giving the territory’s first ever concert by a professional symphony orchestra. Other upcoming highlights in the UK include an opera gala with Anna Netrebko at the Royal Albert Hall in May, and a national tour of the music of Roy Orbison in April 2018. In addition, the RPCO will be the featured orchestra performing the music live to films screened at the Royal Albert Hall including Star Trek and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
In the 2016/17 season, the RPCO appeared at the Royal Albert Hall performing the music live to the screening of films including Titanic, Brassed Off, War Horse and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' as well as performing with The Pet Shop Boys in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. Other highlights included a celebration concert with the Peruvian tenor, Juan Diego Florez and a War Horse programme where the orchestra was joined by the author, Michael Morpurgo, and Joanna Lumley. As well as the main concert halls, the versatility of the orchestra extended their performance venues from large exhibition arenas to intimate hotel ballrooms. In November 2017 the Orchestra toured the UK performing Elvis Presley songs live to film footage of the King of Rock taken at his concerts during his career, and December saw them perform the music from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to the live film footage at six venues across the UK.
The Orchestra was delighted to return to many summer music festivals in 2017, appearing at Hampton Court Palace, Royal Hospital Chelsea, Blenheim Palace and Rochester Castle, to name a few, and is looking forward to returning to many of these festivals in 2018. Other high profile projects included a gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall with José Carreras, a performance at Tate Modern as part of London Fashion Week as well as a Christmas concert at the Royal Festival Hall with Bryn Terfel and Hayley Westenra.
The RPCO also accompanied Andrea Bocelli on his 2016 and 2014 UK tours, which took place in London, Liverpool, Birmingham and Dublin, Sheffield, Leeds and Glasgow. In the 2015/16 Season the Orchestra travelled to Vienna, Moscow and China as well as UK performances of the music from the computer game, The Legend of Zelda at Wembley Arena, Space Spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall and an appearance on Sky TV’s programme A League of Their Own.
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 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. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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, which is a short distance from the castle.
Postcode: ME1 1SW
A range of hot and cold snacks are available in the castle gardens. 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: to ensure overall safety and enjoyment, we will now be following live music event best practice, similar to other concerts of this nature. Therefore, no drinks - except for sealed bottles of water - will be allowed into the Castle Concerts. Drinks will be allowed to be brought in for the Saturday night Proms only but no glass is permitted with the exception of champagne, sparkling wine, prosecco etc in sealed, pressurised corked bottles.
Food can be brought in for all five nights.
Gates will open at 5pm for the 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.