Going Classical: report shows 18-25 year olds accounted for a third of Classical streamers

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  • The BPI, Deezer and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra join forces for new report revealing under 35s new interest in Classical and orchestral music, especially in lockdown.
  • Young Classical talent and cross-over playlists like 'Classical Goes Pop" appeal to a new generation of classical fans.
  • Appeal in Classical also linked to mood listening during the pandemic – ‘feel good’, ‘calm’ and ‘sleep’.
  • Classical artists voice their support for the findings including Max Richter, Ray Chen, Jess Gillam, Alexandre Desplat and Camille & Julie.
  • The report is available to download here.

Brits Re-Emerge from Lockdown with Stronger Connection to Music and Performance

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Across the UK, music habits have changed as result of the home isolation period, with many people planning to take musical discoveries and learnings into the post-lockdown era.

New research by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has found that music has featured in almost all of our homes during the period of home isolation (94%), with a quarter of adults saying they have listened to significantly more radio than before (23%).

Interactive Online Workshops with Pimlico Toy Library

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By Ben Wolstenholme (RPO double bass)

Last Wednesday, 15 July, turned out to be a rather unusual but significant day for me. Myself and two fellow members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Sali-Wyn Ryan and Gerald Kirby - came together to perform, live, in the crypt of St. James’ Church, Clerkenwell. One might be perplexed at the suggestion of this being ‘odd’, the RPO has certainly performed in stranger settings. This, however, was the first piece of live music to an audience I’d made with other musicians since the country was first forced to close its doors in March. Furthermore, an audience? Indoors? Yes - brought to us by everyone’s recent favourite method of connection: Zoom!

Managing Director James Williams: 'Necessity is the mother of invention'

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‘Unprecedented’; ‘unknown’; ‘uncertainty’ – all words that have dominated the press and media over the past few months and reflect the new ‘normal’ in which we are now living our lives. Schools and offices have been closed, high streets deserted and our freedoms curtailed in order to control the spread of COVID-19, a virus that has caused loss and pain to many families across the UK and the world.

The music world has been playing its part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by closing concert halls doors in mid-March to prevent public gatherings. Creativity and innovation, both characteristics that define the UK’s world-renowned culture sector, flourished as many of the UK’s performing arts organisations including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra transformed overnight their live artistic programmes onto digital platforms, enabling audiences to maintain contact with their favourite cultural organisation, more often than not for free. Closer to home, it’s been wonderful to learn more about the individual lives and personalities of the RPO’s musicians on our digital platform #RPOatHome and to see individuals’ creativity flourishing, which by definition is harder to achieve when performing together as an 80-piece orchestra.

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