The Royal Albert Hall has enlisted its first associate orchestra: The Times, November 8 2019

The Times, November 8 2019

'The country’s most revered concert venue is leading the way to a future of classical music that features the crescendos of computer games and the bass of Bollywood, as well as the majesty of Mahler.

The Royal Albert Hall has enlisted its first associate orchestra as it begins an expansion of its musical offerings. The Royal Philharmonic will help the venue to add up to 70 orchestral music productions each year, beyond the annual BBC Proms.

They have previously collaborated on successful events showcasing computer game soundtracks as well as screenings of classic Bollywood films with symphonic accompaniment.'

“It is a whole new canvas for us both to inspire different generations,” James Williams, the managing director of the RPO, said. “We want to create something larger and more ambitious. This is combining two brands that speak of modernity but also of heritage.”

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High Praise for Prom 68: Wagner Night

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Prom 68: Wagner Night secured a glowing four-star review in The Arts Desk (Photo by Chris Christodoulou).

“Music director of the Dutch National Opera since 2011, Marc Albrecht has an unassuming way with the grandest statements of German Romanticism – he made his debut at the Proms with a compelling Ein Heldenleben in 2006 – and he coaxed some outstanding playing from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: I have not heard them on such form in years.”

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Strokestra Features in The Washington Post

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"What if you were ill and instead of — or along with — a prescription for a pharmaceutical drug, your doctor wrote a prescription for a music, dance or painting class?"  Is the question posed in Tara Bahrampour's article in The Washington Post on 22 January.  She goes on to mention the RPO's work in relation to our pioneering STROKESTRA programme. 

Doctors in Britain may soon start prescribing such activities for a range of illnesses, according to a plan recently announced by British Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

In a speech in November at the King’s Fund think tank, Hancock decried overmedication and said he plans to create a national academy “to be the champion of and build the research base for and set out the benefits of social prescribing across the board, from the arts to physical exercise to nutritional advice and community classes.”

Describing a project in which the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra worked with people after they’d had a stroke, Hancock said that “through learning to play instruments, trying conducting and eventually performing as a part of an orchestra, nearly 90% of stroke patients felt better physically with fewer dizzy spells, epileptic seizures, less anxiety, improved sleep, improved concentration and memory.”

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Announced Vasily Petrenko as Music Director from 2021–22 Season

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• The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) appoints Vasily Petrenko as its new Music Director to lead the Orchestra into its next artistic chapter, strengthening its position as one of the world’s great orchestras in London, across the UK and internationally.

• Vasily Petrenko’s 2021 arrival will launch the RPO’s ambitious plans for its 75th Anniversary Season.

• Expansive role of Music Director recognises the artistic leadership he will bring to the Orchestra, both on and off the podium and within the communities the RPO serves.

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