Step inside the rehearsal room with Roderick Williams

Exclusively for Tonbridge Philharmonic Society members, discover what happens when two great performers get together and make music for the very first time.

Artists are remarkably good at hiding how classical music is made, with most rehearsals strictly off limits. What magic happens there? What are the first steps? And what does it really take to get music ready for performance?

The RPS is delighted to share with Tonbridge Philharmonic Society members a special film we recently made for RPS Members. For a limited time, you can watch what happens when baritone Roderick Williams OBE and pianist Joanna MacGregor CBE, who have never collaborated before, set out to rehearse favourite songs by Schubert and Britten together.

Now that you’ve met Roderick, this is a lovely chance to see him as you never have before.

If you enjoy watching this, we warmly invite you to join the RPS: as a Member, you will have exclusive access to a plethora of other films from musical figures such as Nicky Spence, Nicola Benedetti, Sir John Tomlinson and Kadiatu and Stuart Kanneh-Mason - among others - on the RPS website in our Members Area.

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As musicians yourselves, Tonbridge Philharmonic Society members will know how important keeping music going throughout the pandemic has been for both personal and public morale. With musicians nationwide finding themselves in precarious positions after the past year, the work that the RPS does to help classical music is even more vital. RPS Members' subscriptions directly drive our charitable work, helping performers and composers to fulfil their calling. We strive for every individual Member to feel a greater sense of connection and fellowship with our mission to celebrate and protect classical music - and with what makes Britain truly 'philharmonic'.

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