In Conversation With... Benjamin Cunningham, RPO Chair and Double Bassist

A photo of RPO Chair and Double Bassist Benn Cunngingham

Want to know more about life in lockdown for our players, artists and staff?

In this month’s instalment of our 'In Conversation With...' series, we are thrilled to be joined by RPO Chair and Double Bassist, Benjamin Cunningham (pictured above, right), for an exclusive insight into what lockdown living has looked like for him.

'I really miss the camaraderie of the Orchestra'


Want to know more about life in lockdown for our players? Join RPO cellist Roberto Sorrentino for a little insight into what the past ten months have looked like for him:

“When our incredibly busy schedule suddenly stopped last March, it gave us all a huge amount of extra time and the opportunity to reflect on our hectic lifestyles as musicians – for me, all the extra time has actually felt like a bit of a luxury. Having said that, I really miss the incredible sound of the Orchestra, playing alongside such amazing musicians, and all the camaraderie that brings.

RPO Co-Principal Cello Jonathan Ayling's Bach video diary


Since the beginning of lockdown, the RPO’s Co-Principal Cello Jonathan Ayling has been making the most of his unexpected time away from the concert stage and enjoying the extra practice time it has afforded him. He set about learning a piece that he had wanted to learn for years but had never got around to amid his usually busy schedule: Bach’s Cello Suite No.5.

Watch his video diary to see how he has been getting on, learn more about how the Suite is played and to enjoy some exquisite music from this legendary composer.

‘Hopes & Dreams’ – An RPO Resound Vision Impaired Project Blog


Written by RPO clarinettist Sonia Sielaff 

For five days in August, I had the privilege of taking part in the annual collaboration between RPO Resound and the Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC), which brings together young people with vision impairments to create original music on a given theme.

RPO at Home

The RPO at Home section is aimed at keeping music alive in a variety of entertaining ways.   

Join the musicians of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a selection of videos, podcasts, card games and more.

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