Royal Philharmonic Orchestra returns with two captivating concerts

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra returns to Royal & Derngate this summer for two socially-distanced concerts

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra returns to Northampton’s Royal & Derngate in June, with two captivating concerts. On Wednesday 16 June music lovers can enjoy Spotlight on Strings, with The Music of Bond celebrating legendary film themes from the 007 movies on Wednesday 23 June. Both will concerts will play to a socially-distanced audience.

The Strings of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Duncan Riddell, will welcome audiences back to the Derngate auditorium with an exquisite 75-minute concert performing a selection of well-loved pieces. Grieg’s popular Holberg Suite is supremely crafted, based on eighteenth-century dance forms, while Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No.10 displays a touch of his sensitive style. Tchaikovsky’s sublime Serenade for Strings completes the programme with the perfect showcase for the luscious sounds of the RPO’s strings.

James Williams, Managing Director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra says: “The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is excited to be returning to its resident home at Royal & Derngate on 16 June for its first performance as part of the theatre’s reopening programme. Audiences will once again be able to experience the joy and magic of hearing a concert live but safe in the knowledge that stringent COVID-19 protocols are in place for audience and the performers to maintain everyone’s safety. This performance features music by familiar names such as Grieg and Mendelssohn and a personal favourite of mine, Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for string orchestra which abounds with joyous melodies and buoyant rhythms. We look forward to welcoming you to share once again the thrill of live music”.

At The Music of Bond concert, audiences will enjoy iconic theme songs and thrilling Bond anthems from over fifty years of box office blockbusters as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra takes them to double-0-heaven! The concert features music from Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice, Thunderball, Diamonds Are Forever, Live And Let Die, From Russia With Love, Skyfall, Goldeneye and Spectre to name just a few. Conducted by David Arnold, and with acclaimed vocalist Alison Jiear, musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be amplified and joined by a full rhythm section in a sensational concert.

Spotlight on Strings takes to the Derngate stage on Wednesday 16 June at 7.30pm and The Music of Bond takes place the following week, on Wednesday 23 June at 7.30pm. Tickets priced from £18* go on sale to the theatre’s Members from Thursday 6 May, with general on-sale from Saturday 8 May. Customers booking for both concerts will get an extra £5 off each ticket. For more information or to book, visit or call Box Office on 01604 624811.

Both concerts will be socially-distanced performances. Customers can read about all the measures being taken to keep them safe while at the venue by visiting

Royal & Derngate has been awarded UK Theatre and SOLT’s See it Safely mark, an accreditation that acknowledges the venue is COVID-secure and will be following the latest government and performing arts guidelines in welcoming audiences.


* A charge of £3.50 applies for all transactions of £20 and over. Does not apply to Groups, Members or Disabled Patrons, and is per-transaction, not per-ticket.
Please note: David Arnold, the conductor of The Music of Bond concert is not the composer of the Bond movie soundtracks who shares the same name.