Orchestras alive and thriving across the country

Last May at the RPS Music Awards, Orchestras Live won the Audiences and Engagement Award for Classically Yours, their multi-orchestra, multi community project in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

They had an incredibly busy summer celebrating their achievement and bringing more music to communities all over the country. We hear from Jane Macpherson, their Communications Strategist about what they got up to… 

East Riding Youth Dancers receiving RPS award
East Riding Youth Dancers meet the RPS Music Award silver lyre!

Orchestras Live has been living its motto this summer – orchestras are for everyone – as we’ve criss-crossed the country bringing classical orchestral music to communities everywhere. It got off to an early start when we won the RPS Audiences and Engagement Award for Classically Yours. It’s a great example of how live orchestral music can connect dispersed communities, inspiring the young and rejuvenating the older . Continue reading “Orchestras alive and thriving across the country”

Purple Mist

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Birmingham-based composer and educator Kirsty Devaney writes about how conducting gave her new musical inspiration and helped her to rediscover her musical voice. 

The RPS Women Conductors Phase 1.5 Workshop came at a time when I was starting to question my career path. I was completing my PhD,  working as a composer and music educator alongside. After a long period of writing my thesis, my own musical confidence had been waivering and I was needing a fresh musical experience. I had been researching education for the last 4-5 years; my identity as a musician was becoming more ambiguous. Was I more an academic than a performing musician? Or was I an educator more than a composer? Continue reading “Purple Mist”