Mayor Nutter, Philadelphia Orchestra Announce 2015 European Tour Culminating at the South Bank Centre in London

Mayor Nutter, Orchestra officials meet with potential sponsors of the tour during trade mission.


London, United Kingdom, November 4, 2013 Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that the Philadelphia Orchestra will embark upon a European Tour in 2015, culminating in two performances at the South Bank Centre in London.  Mayor Nutter made the announcement at a reception for the Philadelphia delegation hosted by UK Trade & Investment and featuring more than 200 companies interested in doing business in Philadelphia.  Mayor Nutter also personally met with a range of organizations and companies to ask for their support of this tour.

“The Philadelphia Orchestra is not just one of the most artistically-acclaimed Orchestras in the world, but it is also a vital Cultural Ambassador for the city, and one that brings tremendous economic development to the city by making the case for doing business in Philadelphia,” said Mayor Nutter.  “The Orchestra has served in this critical role for decades, dating back to its first transatlantic tour to Great Britain with Music Director Eugene Ormandy in 1949.”  On that tour, the Philadelphia Orchestra performed 28 concerts in 27 days, marking the first time an American orchestra had crossed the Atlantic after World War II. The Orchestra’s most recent visit to London was in 2011 with Maestro Charles Dutoit.

The Philadelphia Orchestra has long been one of the best-known brands from Philadelphia and Pennsylvania around the world.  It is often a key asset to multi-national businesses looking to do business in and with Philadelphia, as it is a major contributor to the quality of life for businesses whose employees relocate to Philadelphia.

This evening marked another milestone in the longstanding friendship and partnership between Philadelphia and the United Kingdom.  During the reception, Mayor Nutter announced the much anticipated news that the Orchestra will be coming back to London for two performances with its new music Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who is also the Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic.

These two performances on June 5 and 6, 2015, will be the exciting culmination of the Orchestra’s 2015 European Tour, and will give London audiences the first chance to hear The Philadelphia Orchestra with Yannick, who is only the 8th Music director in The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 114 year history. The announcement was made after the Mayor shared the news personally at a private meeting with HRH Prince Edward.

“Yannick is no stranger to London audiences, and we are proud to bring him and The Philadelphians to London for the first time in what has been one of the most dynamic and exciting times in The Philadelphia Orchestra’s history,” said Orchestra President Allison Vulgamore.  “We are proud of our long tradition of bringing the Philadelphia Sound to music lovers all around the world. And we are particularly pleased that we will be culminating the 2015 Tour in London, where both the Orchestra and Yannick have a strong connection with the people of Britain.  We look forward to our homecoming in 2015.”

The Philadelphia Orchestra also joined Mayor Nutter on a December 2012 visit to China during which time the Orchestra was able to finalize details and secure sponsorship for a concert in Tianjin in June 2013.  Mayor Nutter also met with the head of the National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing to strengthen the relationship between the institution and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

“The Philadelphia Orchestra is among Philadelphia’s foremost cultural ambassadors, and the UK will welcome them back with open arms,” said Danny Lopez, British Consul General to New York and Philadelphia. “With the Orchestra’s first transatlantic tour having been to the UK in 1949, it is a fitting tribute to conclude their 2015 tour with a grand performance in London, one of the finest cities for the performing arts in the world.”

Mayor Nutter is currently leading a trade mission to the United Kingdom and Israel to promote the city and attract international investment to Philadelphia.  For more information on the Philadelphia trade mission please visit



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