Royal Philharmonic Orchestra marks Black History Month

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) is proud to mark Black History Month this October, sharing some of the Orchestra’s recent and memorable projects via a series of posts on our social media channels. Black History Month encourages us to reflect on the enormous contribution that Black artists and composers have made to the world of music, whilst acknowledging that these contributions have not received the exposure and recognition that they deserve. The RPO is working towards showcasing and supporting more black musicians in future, as part of its wider inclusion and diversity strategy.

Key findings from RPO Research into Music and Mental Health

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Ahead of World Mental Health Day on 10 October, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra releases key findings from recent research on music and mental health. Asking a nationally representative sample of 2,110 adults on the perceived benefits of listening to orchestral music during lockdown in 2020, the findings were as follows:

Barry Griffiths: A tribute from Andrew Klee

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Following the passing of former Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Leader Barry Griffiths, Andrew Klee (RPO First Violin) shares his memories a former colleague and friend:

It was with much sadness that I heard the news of Barry Griffiths’ death. Barry was appointed as Leader of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1976 and it was Barry who then gave me a position in his section.

Barry was obviously a first class violinist and I remember his performances of the Elgar Concerto being among the finest, with his glorious sweet sound lending itself particularly well to those favourites of the British concert hall, The Lark Ascending and Méditation from Thaïs.

Tribute to Barry Griffiths, former Leader of the RPO

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was extremely saddened to learn of the recent passing of its former Leader, Barry Griffiths. Barry held the position with the Orchestra from 1976 to 1989, beginning under the baton of Antal Doráti and continuing with a glorious career, guiding the Orchestra through a more than a decade of distinguished performances, tours and recordings with a host of legendary conductors and soloists, including André Previn, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yehudi Menuhin, Nigel Kennedy, Yuri Temirkanov, Luciano Pavarotti and many more.

The RPO family will fondly remember Barry and we extend our thoughts and condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.

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