The Music

The chamber orchestra connects us to centuries of artistic expression and musical achievement while remaining an inspiration for composers of all genres today.

RNS performances can transport you from the grandeur of 18th century Austria to the tumult of 20th century America or the natural beauty of 19th century England in a single concert. They can also tell you something new about the now.

We will connect the story of classical music’s development to our ideas, to our history, and to how we choose to live our lives.

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Watch our video content and find out how the chamber orchestra connects us to centuries of artistic expression and musical achievement. Then, dive into the written content on this page to deepen your knowledge.

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LONG READ: Music as a conversation

Having watched our film, Classical Period: Music as a Conversation, this long read from Dr Katherine Hambridge will bring you closer to the material she explores.

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5 MINUTE READ: Preparing for Beethoven

2020 marks 250 years since Beethoven’s birth. This year, orchestras around the world are celebrating the works of the composer. Learn more about why we’re so fortunate to have Beethoven’s music, and what it has to teach us about the period in which it was written.

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Abi Groocock, who joined RNS in 2018 as a Marketing and Communications Coordinator, picked out her favourite classical period works, above. If you like what you see but are not familiar with the works, Abi has even created a Spotify Playlist just for you.

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