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.”

Read the full article here.  

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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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The Hawth Theatre, Crawley, has become one of only seven Principal Residencies for the world-renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO).

For more than seven decades the RPO has been at the forefront of music-making in the UK and is considered by many to be Britain’s national orchestra. It has been performing its impressive repertoire at The Hawth for almost 30 years and forms a central part of the theatre’s Classical Concert Season each year. In 2018 the orchestra returns on Friday April 13 with music from Smetana, Chopin and Sibelius and again on Friday May 11, performing an all Beethoven programme.

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Sir Peter Ellwood CBE DL presented with honorary membership – Press Release

Northampton’s Sir Peter Ellwood CBE DL is to be presented with honorary membership of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) at its next concert at Northampton Royal & Derngate this Sunday, 26 November. Sir Peter will be only the second person to be granted this honour in the Orchestra’s 70-year history; the other honorary member is composer and conductor John Rutter. The award is being given in recognition of Sir Peter’s outstanding contribution to the RPO’s success and development over more than 20 years. Since 1996 he has played several pivotal roles including Non-executive Director, Chairman of the Advisory Council and Chairman of the RPO Trust.

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