Lockdown Inspires Children to Learn a Musical Instrument

lockdown_learning_thumbnail

Music has been a lifeline for millions of people during isolation. Whilst the popularity of online concerts and streaming sites has been well documented, for the country’s children, the isolation era has also been a time to learn and develop skills in playing musical instruments.

New research out today from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) reveals that 38% of children have been learning a musical instrument at home this year – and 17% of children can play more than one. Significantly, 66% of parents say their children have felt more enthused doing more music practice since lockdown started – whereas only 8% of children have been playing less.

The RPO’s Music Director Designate Vasily Petrenko and chief conductors from across the UK orchestral sector have initiated an open letter to Government

vasily_petrenko_open_letter_thumbnail

 

New research by the RPO has revealed that, for millions of people, music has played an important role in helping them to cope with weeks of home isolation. It has kept spirits up, supported mental health and wellbeing. Many people have discovered new genres of music during lockdown and many young people have devoted in time to learn a musical instrument. Whilst music venues closed their doors as part of the national effort to save lives, soaring streaming figures and the explosion of online performances during lockdown all underline the demand for music at a time of crisis. Music has enriched lives at a critical time; it has helped people to get through the darkest of days - and at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, we believe it has a crucial role to play to help us to rebuild our country and our lives.

The Reopening of Abbey Road Studios by RPO Cellist Chantal Webster

abbey_road_studios_entrance_thumbnail

 

I awoke on Thursday with a palpable feeling of excitement – WORK! Finally, I could pack my cello into its case with a sense of purpose. Having been under total musical lockdown for 82 days, the last couple of concerts where we had performed to dwindling audiences scared about the imminent onslaught of COVID-19 seemed a lifetime ago.

Orchestral Music Boosts Mental Health & Wellbeing During Era of Home Isolation

wellbeing_report_thumbnail

 

 

Concert halls may be closed, but around the country orchestral music has been a cultural lifeline in the home during isolation - lifting people’s spirits, helping with mental wellbeing and has proved to be conducive to home working and studying.

A new study by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) asked a nationally representative sample of 2,110 adults about their engagement with the orchestral genre during the period of home isolation.

Latest News

  • Tuesday 23 June 2020
    Lockdown Inspires Children to Learn a Musical Instrument
  • Tuesday 16 June 2020
    The RPO’s Music Director Designate Vasily Petrenko and chief conductors from across the UK orchestral sector have initiated an open letter to Government
  • Monday 8 June 2020
    The Reopening of Abbey Road Studios by RPO Cellist Chantal Webster

Latest Media Articles

  • Tuesday 23 June 2020
    Lockdown Inspires Children to Learn a Musical Instrument
  • Wednesday 20 May 2020
    Orchestral Music Boosts Mental Health & Wellbeing During Era of Home Isolation
  • Monday 23 December 2019
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Moves Headquarters to Wembley Park