“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent” – Victor Hugo.

Indeed, music can facilitate a powerful connection between people and societies, providing inspiration and revealing insights which broaden our horizons.

Sandaire takes great pleasure in supporting a small number of important cultural partners, with whom we have close relationships, which we are proud to extend to our clients and wider network.

In particular, we are delighted to support the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), as a Chair Partner to its Principal First Violin, Sulki Yu. Through our passion for music, we are able to steward a long tradition of artistic excellence and community engagement on a national and international platform, whilst gaining a close, personal connection with Sulki and the “nation’s favourite orchestra”.

We had the recent honour of listening to a performance by an RPO string quintet, led by Sulki Yu, to commemorate our 20th anniversary, and it is worth highlighting that the RPO has also achieved a significant milestone this year; in 2016 the RPO celebrates 70 years as a leading music-maker, not only in the UK but worldwide. The 70th Anniversary Season plans included a gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall, as well as performances at the Montreux and Granada festivals, an extensive tour of the USA, and visits to central Europe and the Far East, including South Korea and China.

Closer to home, the RPO maintains residencies at fourteen venues across the country, giving the Orchestra a wider geographic and demographic reach than any other large UK ensemble. The regional programme and regular performances at London’s Cadogan Hall, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Albert Hall, feature a distinguished roster of conductors and soloists, as well as the younger generation of ‘up and coming’ artists.

The RPO does more than simply perform – it uses the extraordinary power of music to touch peoples’ lives in lasting ways: for more than twenty years RPO Resound, the Orchestra’s community and education programme, has taken music into the heart of the regions that the Orchestra serves. From Azerbaijan to Jamaica and from Shanghai to Scunthorpe, the team – comprising project leaders and members of the Orchestra– works with young people, the homeless, recovering stroke patients (in the STROKESTRA project in Hull) and in settings ranging from the Sea Life London Aquarium to hospitals, orphanages and children’s hospices.

We think what makes the RPO unique is not just its ability to perform a concerto by Rachmaninov one day and Symphonic Rock the next, the sheer diversity of its repertoire or its impact outside the concert hall in community settings; but the determination and commitment of every one of its members to work as a team and perform consistently to the highest standard. It is a known fact that artists and musicians spend a lot of time on the road, but who would have expected that on the Orchestra’s 2016 tour of the USA it travelled 2,865 miles, transported 1,932kg of luggage and 82 musicians for 16 concerts at 14 concert halls… which illustrates the huge amount of will, passion and resourcefulness it takes to share the extraordinary work of many talented individuals.

Please join me in thanking the Orchestra, its Chairman Adam Wright, Managing Director James Williams and his Deputy, Huw Davies, whose tireless efforts and passion continue to ensure that the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra shall continue to inspire, challenge and delight a diverse range of audiences for many years to come.

If you would like to learn more about the RPO or Sandaire’s cultural partnerships, please contact digital@sandaire.com