Creative Composition Workshops delivered across North Buckinghamshire

In the week before the October half-term 2016, RPO Resound was delighted to partner Buckinghamshire Learning Trust Music (BLTM) to deliver an exciting project with three primary schools from across North Buckinghamshire. Pupils from Whitchurch Combined, Winslow CE Combined and Buckingham Primary Schools each enjoyed a half-day workshop with RPO Creative Leader Jason Rowland and members of the Orchestra to create their own unique group compositions inspired by Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto.

Meet the RPO: Katherine Lacy’s views on music and Mozart

In 2017, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's exceptional Principal Clarinet, Katherine Lacy, will perform Mozart's ever-popular Clarinet Concerto accompanied by the Orchestra at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford, The Hawth Crawley, the High Wycombe Swan and the Rose Theatre Kingston, as part of the Orchestra's Regional Residency programme. Ahead of her tour, we took the opportunity to ask her a few questions about her time in the RPO and how she built her illustrious career.

STROKESTRA: aiding physical, emotional and social recovery

It was a shock for everyone, back in 1763, when a young Swedish man, who had suffered brain damage and lost the ability to speak, went to church and found that he was able to sing hymns.

Much later, scientists made some key discoveries: that music can tap into the healthy right side of the brain to stimulate the damaged left side; that it can benefit patients who have suffered from Parkinson’s, cerebral palsy, brain damage and stroke. During World War II, music was used on an unprecedented scale as an aid to soldiers who had returned from fighting with brain damage. And the scientific advances continue to gather pace.

Alexander Shelley: ‘Sandwiches’ of Prokofiev and Sibelius

October at Cadogan Hall sees the start of a fascinating series of four concerts under the baton of Alexander Shelley, the RPO’s Principal Associate Conductor. Called Symphonic Soundscapes, the series pairs those giants of twentieth-century music, Jean Sibelius and Sergei Prokofiev.

One Finnish, the other Russian – you’d think Finlandia, Sibelius’ famous cry for freedom from Russian oppression, would rule out this musical pairing at a stroke. Not so, says Shelley.

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