Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

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The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra ( or , literal translations, "Royal Philharmonic" or "Royal Philharmonic Orchestra"In Swedish, "Stockholm" is not included in the orchestra's title. The English version of the orchestra's name includes "Stockholm" to distinguish this orchestra from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London.) is a Swedish orchestra based in Stockholm.

The orchestra was founded in 1902 as the Stockholm Concert Society (Konsertföreningens orkester). The orchestra became a permanent ensemble in 1914. Since 1926, it has been based in the Stockholm Concert Hall (Konserthuset). Starting in 1937, Radiotjänst (now Swedish Radio) utilized the orchestra as its main broadcast orchestra, in lieu of having its own in-house orchestra.Potts, Joseph E., "European Radio Orchestras. II" (October 1955). The Musical Times, 96 (1352): pp. 525-527. In 1957, it was renamed the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (Stockholms Filharmoniska Orkester). In 1992 it acquired its present name, with patronage from the Swedish royal family.

Georg Schnéevoigt was the first principal conductor of the orchestra, from 1915 to 1924. The orchestra's current principal conductor is Sakari Oramo, since 2008, with an initial contract of 3 years. In 2011, Oramo's contract with the orchestra was extended through 2015.

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