Lift Your Spirits With Orchestral Music in Lockdown with #RPOatHome

Concert halls may be closed, but around the country orchestral music has been a cultural lifeline in the home during isolation – lifting people’s spirits, helping with mental wellbeing and has proved to be conducive to home working and studying.

A study by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) asked a nationally representative sample of 2,110 adults about their engagement with the orchestral genre during the period of home isolation.

Overall, 51% of adults said they had enjoyed listening to orchestral music at home – a huge surge on the 22% that said they enjoyed orchestral  music in spring 2018. The RPO research also suggests that younger people have been most likely to enjoy the genre during lockdown – the abundance of social media activity and online streamed concerts perhaps appealing more to younger music fans.

The new research conducted online by Maru Blue for the RPO in April 2020 also suggests that orchestral music has done more than help people to pass the time.

Overall, 65% of  those that listened to orchestral music during isolation cite tangible and lasting positive impacts on their health and lifestyle. With a nation working from home in kitchens, studies and spare bedrooms – 14% of respondents said orchestral music had proven to help their productivity and concentration with work and studies (14%); and for some (10%), a renewed enjoyment of the genre had encouraged them to consider learning a musical instrument, something especially strong with under 25 age group (18%). Regionally, the findings also suggest that the appeal of orchestral music during home isolation has been broad-based across the UK. Whilst London leads the way, the gap between London and the regions appears to be closing.

So if you’ve taken up an instrument, I hope you will keep playing.

Marin Alsop conducts Shostakovich’s Symphony No.7, ‘Leningrad’

Watch the LIVE YouTube premiere on Sunday 31 May from 2pm BST, in association with Southbank Centre. Available as a broadcast for the first time, don’t miss this opportunity to watch the online premiere of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s electrifying performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No.7 and Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, conducted by Marin Alsop.  This concert will be available on YouTube for just 48 hours.

Subscribe to RPO YouTube channel and click the bell icon to be notified when it goes live. Enjoy the magnificence of orchestral music with #RPOatHome and partners Google Arts and Culture and YouTube.

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