STROKESTRA: Driving rehabilitation work with group creative music-making

STROKESTRA is a pioneering collaboration between the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) and Hull Integrated Community Stroke Service (HICSS) which uses group creative music-making to drive patient-led rehabilitation work in stroke survivors and their carers.

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Olga Kern: fearlessness and family links

Some think they need to suffer for their art. Olga Kern doesn’t seem to be one of them. For this forty-year-old Russian pianist, playing seems to come effortlessly. In 2001, she became the first woman in over thirty years to win the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and she has performed in front of former Presidents Mikhail Gorbachev and George W Bush and the former Japanese Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu. On none of those occasions did she feel nervous.

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RPO/Volkov at the Festival Hall

THE TIMES

If you’re celebrating your 70th birthday — the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s milestone this year — you can’t go wrong if you invite Ingrid Fliter. Sitting farther back from the keys than many soloists, the Argentine pianist flung herself into Tuesday’s party with delicious abandon.

Those nimble fingers sprang through the jazzy rhythms of Ravel’s G minor Piano Concerto, swept up the arpeggios with a smile and still left enough spare energy for her to kick out an occasional leg. Focused and bright, the RPO, conducted by Ilan Volkov, weren’t dithering either.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/rpovolkov-at-the-festival-hall-xbszsvj9w3p

Ravel, Roslavets and high impact Shostakovich from Volkov and the RPO

BACHTRACK

Two composers who suffered the wrath of the Soviet regime, one well known and one virtually unknown, bookending a French impressionist: inspired programming from Ivan Volkov and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

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