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Principal Conductor/Music Director Wanted

Principal Conductor/Music Director Wanted

The People’s Orchestra (TPO), based in the Birmingham and Black Country area, seeks the services of a charismatic Principal Conductor ...
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The People's Orchestra - Our top picks

The People’s Orchestra – Our top picks

Hi guys! Just over a week to go till our Game On! concert – who’s excited!? To celebrate our 7th ...
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What does video game music mean to you?

What does video game music mean to you?

Super Smash Bros, Tetris, Star Wars are just few of the many video game music pieces that our Orchestra will ...
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Video Games and the Brain

Video Games and the Brain

ATTENTION TO ALL GAMERS AND MUSIC LOVERS - did you know, that background video game music is actually good for ...
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Get your controllers ready for The People’s Orchestra!

Get your controllers ready for The People’s Orchestra!

The People’s Orchestra is back again for another year of fantastic music! To celebrate our seventh anniversary, we will be ...
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Only a few seats left for 'Something Magical!

Only a few seats left for ‘Something Magical!

Only 31.6% people in the West Midlands have attended a live music event – we want to change that! Community ...
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Congratulations Xhosa!  BBC Young Jazz Musician 2018!

Congratulations Xhosa! BBC Young Jazz Musician 2018!

A while back Xhosa showed up at auditions with his brother and blew us away with his playing.... That day ...
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A conversation with our conductors

A conversation with our conductors

You may remember that a little while ago we had a new conductor.  In this video, directed and produced by ...
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Today's news - the decline of music in schools

Today’s news – the decline of music in schools

This article caught our eye today: Chancellor urged to 'urgently review' music education - its one of the reasons we ...
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The People's Orchestra - NOW RECRUITING!

The People’s Orchestra – NOW RECRUITING!

Do you have a passion for music? Hold at least a grade 7 in the instrument you love, and have ...
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Zainib - "A more confident person"

Zainib – “A more confident person”

"Working for The People’s Orchestra has been an amazing experience for me. When I applied at the Orchestra, I had ...
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Rain didn't stop play!

Rain didn’t stop play!

On Saturday 8th September our orchestra players were accompanied by the incredible conductor Rob Spalton for his debut concert with ...
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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.