Prom 32: Eric Whitacre leads forces through Earth and Space

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A packed Royal Albert Hall cheered as rocker-come-classical composer Eric Whitacre took to the stage for this Sunday matinee. Thanking the audience for the “thrill and honour” of performing at The Proms and describing the event as “a dream”, the bar was set high. With the full force of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Singers and BBC Symphony Chorus behind him, Whitacre kept the audience on the edge of their seats.

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Composer Robert Hartshorne talks Thomas & Friends™

Barely five minutes in, we’re already onto political correctness in Thomas the Tank Engine. ‘In the American version, you can’t have the ‘Fat Controller’ – he’s called Sir Topham Hatt over there,’ says composer Robert Hartshorne. ‘I think it’s the reference to the fatness that they don’t like. In Britain we’re a little less sensitive than that. We can take it.’

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to lead rehabilitation workshops for stroke patients in Hull

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This summer, the world-famous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be piloting a pioneering stroke rehabilitation programme, benefitting up to 50 Hull-based patients and carers. Working in conjunction with Hull City Council Health & Wellbeing Board, the Hull Integrated Community Stroke Services (HICSS) delivered by Humber NHS Foundation Trust, and Hull City Hall, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra musicians and workshop leaders will use group music-making and creativity to aid in a wide range of stroke rehabilitation needs.

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Sali-Wyn Ryan (Second Violin) reflects on Celebration of the Sea

I feel thoroughly privileged to have been part of this highly successful project with RPO resound in Lowestoft. The week quickly evolved into an exploration of local history and nautical adventures which provided the foundation for our musical voyage. We soon found ourselves immersed in sessions of boat-related brainstorming, fishermen’s tales and instrumental challenges!

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