Wemba's Dream

An artwork image of the Wembas Dream project

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is celebrating its 75th anniversary in September this year by announcing a permanent move of the Orchestra’s headquarters to Wembley Park. The Orchestra is delighted to build on more than 20 years of work with Brent Music Service to make our new home in Brent, and are eager to reach out to local residents to find out how we can engage in meaningful ways over the next months, years and decades.

To celebrate our new announcement, the RPO are working with Wembley Park to put on Wemba’s Dream, a fun-filled ‘festival’ of performances featuring RPO musicians and local artists during the weekend of 11 September. We would love for as many local people as possible to get involved in the celebration, both as audiences attending the weekend performances but also as artists, exploring the project theme through various mediums and sharing their responses with the RPO and the wider community. In the lead up to the performance weekend, the RPO therefore invites local residents to create their own artistic responses on the themes of ‘Brent’ and ‘Dreams’ and submit them to be included here, to create an online gallery of local people’s works. 

To find out more about the project theme and how to submit work, check out the Wemba’s Dream Creative Resource Pack below.

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Resound in Action Highlight

Wandsworth Special Schools Project

This spring, RPO Resound and Wandsworth Music worked with 180 pupils with special educational needs and disabilities on a large-scale creative music project to devise a musical anthem celebrating music-making by young people with SEND. From January to March, RPO musicians and workshop leader Paul Griffiths visited six of the borough’s special schools, working with pupils to devise and perform original pieces of music. Extracts of each school’s new music was then orchestrated into a joint piece called ‘Open Hearts, Open Minds’, which was to be performed by representative pupils from each school, Graveney School Jazz Band and members of the RPO at Wandsworth Music’s gala concert at Royal Albert Hall in April. Unfortunately, COVID19 closures meant we were unable to perform the final piece as planned, but we are excited to share this short film introducing the project, the participants and why music is so important to all of us.

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