Jessica Curry: I was taught that composers were dead white men

An Interview with Jessica Curry

“I was taught that composers were dead white men – I didn't realise someone like me could earn money writing music.”

Meet Jessica Curry: award-winning composer. She won a BAFTA for her music to PlayStation game Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture in 2015; it’s since had 12 million plays on Spotify.

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Welcome to Trombonist Rupert Whitehead

Welcome to Trombonist Rupert Whitehead

Rupert was born in Carmarthenshire, and grew up in the town of Llandeilo. After starting on the trumpet, Rupert switched to the trombone at the age of 12. Much of Rupert's youth was taken up by playing in the various youth music ensembles in Carmarthenshire and west Wales, as well as the Welsh national ensembles.

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Rafael Payare: Conducting should always feel like your last breath

Rafael Payare

Rafael Payare is grateful to the traffic chaos in Caracas. As a member of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, he would often get last-minute phone calls from jammed conductors telling him to start the rehearsal for them. The experience was invaluable and at the age of 37 he is now one of the leading conductors of his generation – he has just been announced as the new Music Director of the San Diego Symphony. He joins the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on 27th March with a programme of Mozart and Strauss, which will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

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WIN Tickets to Myths and Fairytales

The RPO and EnCue invite you to join us for a concert rich in fairytale and folklore as part three of our Myths and Fairytales series at London’s Cadogan Hall this Sunday afternoon.

The series has already explored tales from the Arabian Nights and ancient Rome to Finnish legends and enchanted ballets, but now we would like to know what your favourite pieces of Myths and Fairytales music are?

For a chance to win a pair of tickets to this Sunday’s concert (4th March), featuring live programme notes delievered to your phone by our partners at EnCue, simply fill out the form below with your name, email address, and choice of piece by 12pm on Friday 2 March 2018.

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