Music of the Gods
On Thursday, the National Museum of the Royal Philharmonic in London unveiled a new exhibition dedicated to music by the Gods.
The show, entitled Music of Gods, opens with a live performance of the opening of the National Philharmonia Orchestra (NPO) concert series at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Wednesday.
The exhibition, titled Music of God, also includes original pieces from the NPO’s repertoire and includes some previously unseen pieces.
The programme also highlights the work of composer and conductor Richard Wright, who, along with composer-in-residence Christopher Hirsch and conductor Peter Lattanzi, wrote music for the first live performances of the Queen’s coronation performance on July 4, 2016.NPO music was commissioned by Queen Elizabeth II for the coronation of Prince Charles and marks the first time the music has been performed by the NCO’s orchestral repertoire, and marks a significant milestone for the Royal Opera House in London.
“The NPO is an international ensemble that has had its beginnings as a Royal Concert Orchestra (RCO),” said NPO artistic director Richard Wright.
“The Royal Philonix has played in many countries around the world, and this is the first opportunity for a Royal Philophonist to conduct an orchestra live on stage.”
The Npo has performed live for over a century, with the Queen in the late 1960s conducting the first Royal Concert for the World’s Fair in New York.
The Queen has performed music from across the globe, including New Zealand, the United States, the Netherlands, Australia, France, Russia and Canada.
The NPo’s composers include such classical and contemporary artists as Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Wagner, Rachmaninov, Beowulf, Debussy, Chopin, Schubert, Debord, Beaux-Arts, Cello, Brahms, Brahmin, Mozgovoy, Mozel, Schumann, Béla Bartók and Tchažák.
The new exhibition also includes the work by composer and pianist Christopher Hochstein.
The musician has worked with many world-class artists and musicians over the years, including the American jazz pianist John Coltrane, who commissioned Hochsteins original compositions for his 1972 album Jazz to the Stars.
Hochstein has also recorded many tracks for the Npo’s classical and modern music and was commissioned to compose the music for NPO composer Richard Wright’s 2016 concert series, The Philharmonie, and will perform the final piece for the finale of the series on July 12.
“Christopher has a special place in my heart because of the work he has done on The Philophonie and the Nox,” said NOP artistic director Christopher Huchstein.
“His music has a rich legacy of being one of the most important pieces of music in modern music history.”
The exhibition is open to the public from Wednesday, June 10 until August 2.
The museum will also be open from Thursday, June 24 to Sunday, July 11.