The Orchestra has been extremely active since March and are currently part-way through presenting 13 concerts at the Royal Festival Hall during the Autumn season. All concerts are being streamed on Marquee TV and are being filmed by Silent Studios. The LPO is the only London orchestra giving this many concerts in their resident hall.
Over the lockdown period the LPO has sustained its relationship with UK and international audiences through LPOnline, reaching hundreds of thousands of people. From initial individual player performances recorded at home, to online engagement initiatives such as its wellbeing strand Lean In and Listen, the Orchestra progressed over time to larger-scale split-screen performances. In late June it brought together its musicians to play together in small chamber groups for the LPO Summer Sessions from Henry Wood Hall, and in August played to audiences with outdoor performances at Glyndebourne and indoor at Snape Maltings.
Throughout the pandemic, the Orchestra has continued its commitment to deliver a substantial Education & Community programme. This includes giving online lessons and seminars to young talent strand participants, delivering a series of online creative music-making workshops for both adults and children with special educational needs and disabilities, and creating compositional resources with contributions from composers Howard Shore and David Arnold, and dancer/choreographer Monique Jonas.
David Burke the LPO’s Chief Executive [pictured], commented:
“Everyone at the London Philharmonic Orchestra is grateful for this grant from the Culture Recovery Fund as it will enable the Orchestra to continue to bring the wonder of orchestral music to global audiences. We also acknowledge that the plight of freelancers, in particular, needs to be constantly reviewed and all of us who care about the arts need to remain vigilant to ensure that the many thousands of freelancers are able to continue their vital contribution to the country’s economy and well-being.”