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

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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

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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.

Coronavirus Isolation Prompting a Quarter of Brits to Learn More About Classical Music

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  • Six in seven (85%) British households with extra time on their hands planning to broaden musical horizons, with a third of these saying they want to discover more Classical music
  • One in five (19%) people under 35 years of age planning on learning more about classical music, with this group twice as likely to have bought a musical instrument to learn
  • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra sees online traffic almost treble since the start of Coronavirus lockdown
  • Orchestra announces in association with the Southbank Centre its streamed performance in partnership with Google Arts & Culture and YouTube this Wednesday

Music-making with unaccompanied minors in Croydon with Play for Progress

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 By Helen Storey (Sub Principal Bassoon).

On a clear-skied, pre-lockdown February afternoon in Croydon, a group of intrepid Resound musicians arrived for a training session with Anna and Becky from Play for Progress. This is a charity that provides therapeutic and educational music and arts programmes, advocacy, and well-being support for unaccompanied minor refugees and asylum seekers have come from various parts of the world and have found themselves in Croydon.

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

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  • 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
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    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Moves Headquarters to Wembley Park