American Friends joined by RPO musicians at the New York Yacht Club

For more than sixty years, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has enjoyed a warm relationship with American audiences, building a loyal and enthusiastic following during its regular coast-to-coast tours. To celebrate such an international bond, and to mark the beginning of the Orchestra’s sixteen-date USA tour in its 70th year, members of the RPO were thrilled to welcome American Friends of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (AFRPO) to its launch event held at the New York Yacht Club.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates 70 years of excellence

In 2016, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) is proud to be celebrating 70 years at the forefront of music-making. Unique within the UK and the international orchestral scene, the RPO embraces and thrives under a modern and versatile approach, which, over the past decade, has seen the Orchestra extend its reach to fourteen UK residencies; performing more concerts and to a wider breadth of audiences than any other orchestra in the country.

RPO at 70: Looking to the future

In our 70th year, the RPO looks forward to numerous ‘larger than life’ concert series and performances at our three London venues, over fourteen regional residencies, and in our busy schedule overseas. We’re thrilled to begin the New Year with a 16-date tour around the USA with Pinchas Zukerman (in January), visiting cities including Chicago, Tucson, Las Vegas and San Francisco – keep an eye out on Twitter and Facebook (#RPOontour) for updates.

STROKEstra at Hull City Hall

Since May 2014, RPO Resound has been teaming up with Hull Integrated Community Stroke Service (HICSS) on a pioneering programme using group creative music-making to provide stroke rehabilitation for patients and carers in Hull. Over five months, six RPO musicians and Creative Leader Tim Steiner have been working with patients, carers and HICSS clinical staff to form the RPO STROKEstra, a musical ensemble created by, and for, stroke survivors.

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