Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to play its first concert as orchestra in residence at Cambridge Corn Exchange

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Credit: Archant

The prestigious Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performs its first concert as orchestra in residence at Cambridge Corn Exchange on Thursday January 30.

Freddy Kempf

Freddy Kempf - Credit: Archant

Conducted by rising star David Charles Abell, the evening of American classics opens with the infectious rhythms of the 1920s with Gershwin’s Girl Crazy Overture, I Got Rhythm Variations and the jazz-inspired Rhapsody in Blue, with its famous opening of rising clarinet notes.

The exuberance of Broadway musicals take centre stage in Copland’s Rodeo Excerpts while Bernstein’s On the Town: Four Dance Episodes blends jazz, pop and symphonic music to dazzling effect. The evening ends on a high note with Gershwin’s playful An American in Paris, made famous by MGM’s Oscar winning film which starred Gene Kelly.

The piano soloist is Freddy Kempf, who came to national prominence in 1992 when he won the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. Exceptionally gifted with an unusually broad repertoire, Freddy has built a unique reputation as an explosive and physical performer. Born in London in 1977, he made his concerto début with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of eight, and is delighted to be performing once again with the orchestra at this, its inaugural concert as Corn Exchange Orchestra in Residence.

To book, call Cambridge Corn Exchange box office on 01223 357851 or visit

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