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Film Greats: Fantastic Worlds

New Concert! Wednesday 23rd October

Fantastic Worlds: Where Video Games Meet Film Greats The People’s Orchestra and The People’s Show Choir Where People Come First  ...
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David Curtis conducting

Introducing… New Musical Director: David Curtis

The People’s Orchestra are delighted to confirm the appointment of David Curtis as their New Musical Director. David is a musician ...
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The People's Orchestra playing at Tolkien 2019

TPO Does Tolkien: An International Audience

If you felt as though there was magic and mystery in the air around Birmingham at the start of August, ...
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TPO Goes to Montreal!

TPO Goes to Montreal!

This year saw the second instalment of our exchange with Orchestre Philharmonia Mundi de Montréal (OPMM).   Last summer, we had a fantastic ...
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Music and singing benefits in dementia patients 

Music and singing benefits in dementia patients 

Memory and mood in people with dementia improve when their caregivers encourage and help them take part in regular musical ...
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The Power of Music: How it can benefit health 

The Power of Music: How it can benefit health 

"I think music in itself is healing," American musician Billy Joel once said. "It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's ...
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Music makes us enjoy exercise more

Music makes us enjoy exercise more

Hate going to the gym? A new study may have found a way to make exercise more fun: put on ...
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Video Games – Children’s ‘access point’ to Classical Music

Video Games – Children’s ‘access point’ to Classical Music

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra suggests more young people are discovering classical music through video games than live concerts.  Video game music ...
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Musical Brain Surgery

Musical Brain Surgery

Brain Mapping is allowing surgeons to perform operations where the patient plays music to ensure the surgery is going well.  ...
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The Extraordinary Medical Powers of Music

The Extraordinary Medical Powers of Music

Listening to the ‘World’s Most Relaxing Song’ before surgery could be as good at calming patients nerves as medication.   In a ...
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Tolkien 2019: The People’s Orchestra performance

Tolkien 2019: The People’s Orchestra performance

Birmingham-based The People’s Orchestra will perform exclusively at Tolkien 2019, on Thursday, 8th August 2019 with two 45-minute sets based ...
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THE RONNIE HAZLEHURST COLLECTION

THE RONNIE HAZLEHURST COLLECTION

The Peoples Orchestra are proud to announce that they have been chosen as custodians of the world-renowned Ronnie Hazlehurst manuscripts ...
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… we have a small favour to ask. More people than ever are being helped back into work thanks to our players, and our outreach work is helping more and more people in our community, but this year has been the most difficult ever to raise the grant funding we need to keep going. Fears over Brexit hasn’t help and we really don’t want to increase ticket prices – we want to make our concerts open to all, including the most disadvantaged in our community. So, you can see why we need to ask for your help. The People’s Orchestra is a charity. We play great music but importantly we help loads of people back into work, 900+ to date. Our staff help students gain great marks for university projects too. We are not influenced by billionaire owners, politicians or shareholders. We’re volunteer led, inclusive and diverse. And this gives us the power to yes to all sorts of community causes. It lets us challenge the norm - and prove a point. Being different works. And at a time when music teaching in schools is declining and funding for school orchestras is at an all-time low, we need to expand to fill the gaps and support those who need us, it’s what sets us apart from so many others. The People’s Orchestra long-term sustainability relies on the support that we receive directly from our followers. And we would like to thank all those who are helping to make our future secure. But we cannot stop here. As more of you offer your ongoing support, we can keep investing in quality music and community support. We can remain a strong, progressive force that is open to all. If everyone who attends our concerts, or reads our news, who likes us, also helps to support it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as £1, you can support The People’s Orchestra – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.