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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) is regarded as one of the world’s great cultural institutions. Founded by Sir Thomas Beecham in 1946, the RPO is dedicated to bringing the world-class orchestral music to the widest possible audience, both in the UK and internationally. Collaborating with conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Pinchas Zukerman and Daniele Gatti the Orchestra performs 180 concerts a year to approximately half a million people worldwide and is equally at home on the international concert platform, in the recording studio or participating in its ground breaking community and education programme ‘RPO resound’.  Aside from outstanding artistry and virtuosity, the RPO’s key characteristics are its diversity and flexibility, performing wide-ranging repertoire which appeals to a broad audience, from classical music connoisseurs to film enthusiasts and young people. The Orchestra is also innovative with a number of ‘firsts’ to its credit – the first UK orchestra to launch its own record label,  RPO Records; the first to invest in a dedicated community and education department, and the first to stream all its concerts live from Cadogan Hall.

RPO resound
Layout 1In 1993, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was the first London Orchestra to establish a Community & Education Department – RPO resound. With the objective of providing high quality music making experiences to the broadest reaches of our community, disintegrating barriers to access, and harnessing the transformative power of music to improve participants’ aspirations, abilities and life chances. 
Since its inception, dedicated musicians from the Orchestra have focused their time and skills in delivering hundreds of pioneering projects, allowing the RPO to gain an unrivalled reputation for its work in many community settings.RPO resound’s commitment to the full spectrum of outreach possibilities is transparent in the extraordinary range of projects our musicians are trained to deliver – from rehabilitative programmes in prisons, first-access early years programmes in Sure Start children’s centres, to sensitively tailored music therapy projects in Hospices. Our RPO musicians are dedicated to supporting the extensive programme and understand what a powerful resource they can be in communicating the joy and richness of music-making to the community:“How nice to know that we’ve had some sort of influence just from doing what we do which is to communicate via our instruments – but then, that’s why we started to play in the first place possibly. As an only child it was immensely powerful for me to have another voice which didn’t involve words, and to pass that ability on is a great achievement for me personally.”Leila Ward, RPO Cor Anglais

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