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Online experiences in music: at home with Philharmonia players

Philharmonia strings in rehearsal

The players of the Philharmonia Orchestra, like so many people around the world, have been at home these past weeks, in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some of our members have put that time to creative use, creating videos to keep our community entertained online. A selection are below, and there are many more to come in the days ahead.

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At-home videos

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Jason Evans: Stars & Stripes Forever, for 8 trumpets

If there’s one thing you can’t say about our players, it’s that they don’t know how to keep themselves entertained. Here’s how Principal Trumpet Jason Evans has been keeping busy while in isolation.
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Violinist Emily Davis answers your questions

Our No. 2 Second violin Emily Davis joins us from her conservatory to tell us a bit about herself, give some tips for caring for your instrument, answer YouTube subscriber questions, and play us a bit of music.
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Cellist Alex Rolton plays Saint-Saëns's 'The Swan'

A staple of the solo repertoire as you've never heard it before. Philharmonia cellist Alex Rolton performs his unique take on 'The Swan', from Saint-Saëns's Carnival of the Animals.
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Cellist Karen Stephenson: Over the Rainbow

Our No. 2 Cello Karen's mum was in hospital and received wonderful care from the NHS and some truly inspiring nurses, so here's a personal thank you from Karen and her son Jack, part of #clapforourcarers.
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Violinist Adrián Varela: Piazzolla's 'Libertango'

Time for a musical treasure hunt: First Violin Adrián Varela has buried 11 famous pieces of classical music in his arrangement of Piazzolla's 'Libertango' for four violins. Have a listen, and see how many you can identify.
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Principal Trumpet Jason Evans performs Ellan Vannin

In a poignant tribute to the key workers keeping us all going through this tough time, Joint Principal Trumpet Jason Evans—who is originally from the Isle of Man—performs a moving arrangement of Ellan Vannin, a song often referred to as "the alternative Manx national anthem".
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First Violin Eunsley Park and Associate Flute Daniel Shao: SATIE Gymnopédies, I.

Travel virtually to Paris with our latest Philharmonia player video, featuring 1st Violin Eunsley Park and Associate Flute, Daniel Shao. Daniel introduces Satie's tranquil Gymnopédies, I. Lent et douloureaux, which he has arranged for flute, violin and piano.
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Cellist Ella Rundle and Nathaniel Anderson-Frank perform Stravinsky

Philharmonia cellist Ella Rundle met her husband Nathaniel Anderson-Frank through the orchestra, when Nathaniel was one of our first violins. Even after lockdown came in and the arrival of their first child shortly afterwards, they're still finding time to make music together.
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Jason Evans performs Marcus Goddard's Converging Lines

Principal Trumpet Jason Evans performs a piece by composer Marcus Goddard, who also happens to be Associate Principal Trumpet for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

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