Music students have engaged with the RPO’s community and education programme, RPO Resound, which includes the award-winning STROKESTRA® project. STROKESTRA® is a pioneering stroke rehabilitation programme, delivered in partnership with Hull and East Riding Community Stroke Services (HERCSS), which harnesses the power of group creative music-making alongside professional musicians and clinicians to drive patient-led recovery in stroke patients and their carers.
Researching impact on health and wellbeing
As part of the new partnership between the orchestra and the university, research staff from Hull’s music faculty will lead a three-year research project exploring the impacts of STROKESTRA® on health and wellbeing, as the programme is rolled out across the city to reach nearly more than 300 new participants.
This new partnership will also continue to benefit music students at the University, with RPO musicians leading masterclasses and offering career insight, advice and support along with ensemble coaching, one-to-one tuition and opportunities for orchestral recording experiences at RPO rehearsals and concerts. Students from across a range of arts, health and education programmes will be offered work placements with the orchestra within live music events and RPO Resound projects in and around Hull, as instrumentalists/vocalists, workshop practitioners and/or production staff. Directed by a professional team of RPO musicians and leaders, these opportunities will provide students with invaluable insight into the creative sector, and help them further develop their creative leadership, design and project management skills.
The partnership will also provide opportunities to build on the legacy of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 (Hull 2017) through ongoing cultural programming. The University and the RPO will work together to understand and evaluate the data acquired from Hull 2017, and create a shared set of objectives for audience development for classical and orchestral music.
Unique experiences for students
Professor Glenn Burgess, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hull, said:
‘We look forward to a fruitful relationship that will bring benefits to our students, staff, the city itself and the RPO. The opportunities that this partnership will offer our students are unparalleled and will give them unique experiences and an opportunity to learn from world-class musicians. It will also provide benefits for students who aren’t studying one of our music programmes, such as students on our health programmes who will have the opportunity to undertake placements with HERCSS on the STROKESTRA® project.’
James Williams, Managing Director at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, said:
‘The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has enjoyed performing a regular season of orchestral concerts in Hull City Hall since 2013. This year, we’re delighted to announce that we are broadening our reach and commitment to the City with a new, strategic partnership with the University of Hull.’
Herader photo: STROKESTRA participants © Nick Rutter