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


 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.

Welcome to Esther Kim


This month we welcome Esther Kim, who joins the Orchestra as First Violin No.5.

Esther is a Korean-born Scottish violinist. At the age of nine, she was a prizewinner of the Kocian International Violin Competition and George Enescu International Violin Competition.



As a registered charity the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is largely reliant on the income it generates via the sale of tickets for its concerts and the donations it receives from benefactors.

The cancellation of so many RPO concerts in the coming weeks and months due to Covid-19 is financially devastating for the Orchestra and it is inevitable that we will become more reliant on philanthropic support and charitable donations.

If at all possible, once you have received a refund for your RPO concert ticket(s) from the venue, we’d be extremely grateful if you would consider donating the value of the ticket(s) to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Registered Charity No.244533). Donations can be made via the Donate button above, or please contact Huw: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who will be happy to help.

We are busy working on ways in which we can continue to connect with our valued audiences and benefactors, all of whom are part of the extended RPO family and we hope to be up and running with some of these in the coming days. Please keep an eye on the website.

With grateful thanks for your continued friendship and support,

from everyone at the

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra




Following the Government’s announcement encouraging social distancing - and the announcements from the Southbank Centre, Cadogan Hall and the Royal Albert Hall - the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) will cease its concert programme until 30 April 2020. Given the health risks presented by the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is acutely aware of the need to protect the health of concert-goers, venue staff and the ensemble itself.

With millions of people self-isolating and working from home, the RPO will soon be introducing a comprehensive ‘RPO At Home’ digital programme that is intended to enrich people’s home routines, to help lift spirits during these unprecedented times.

Please do keep in touch by visiting the Orchestra’s website and social media channels, where you can find videos, blogs and Podcasts. Further announcements on scheduled RPO concerts beyond April will be made in due course.  

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