The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

Alexander Shelley, Principal Associate Conductor of the RPO, narrates and conducts a very special version of Benjamin Britten's celebrated introduction to the orchestra. Featuring a brand new narration and with the full Royal Philharmonic Orchestra coming together digitally from their own homes (Produced and Edited by Matthew Knight), we are excited to present to you our new take on this lively fugue and variations based on a memorable theme by Henry Purcell.

The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra appears courtesy of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Limited.

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Meet the Orchestra

Watch a selection of our musicians introducing their instruments and sections and find out about the role they play within this fascinationg pieces.

Emer McDonough Introduces the Flutes & Piccolo Variation

Sonia Sielaff Introduces the Clarinets Variation

Andrew Storey Introduces the Violins Variation

Rachel van der Tang Introduces the Cellos Variation

Adam Wright Introduces the Trumpets Variation

Matt Gee Introduces the Trombones and Tuba Variation

Matt Perry Introduces the Percussion Variation


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