October 2016: Reignwood and the London Symphony Orchestra today announce they have agreed a new Principal Partnership for the next three years, deepening the cultural ties between China and the UK.
Reignwood’s new Principal Partnership – which will run from 2016 until 2019 – builds on the company’s existing sponsorship, which began last year. The new partnership will support the orchestra’s work both in the UK and China, and lead to global education opportunities through support of the LSO’s innovative digital education and outreach initiatives LSO Play and iTunes U.
Reignwood’s support will help make available valuable teaching and learning resources for people regardless of age, financial circumstances or location. The opening concerts of the LSO’s 2016/17 season, featuring Verdi’s Requiem, were sponsored by Reignwood to launch this new Partnership.
Reignwood Group is a global Chinese enterprise which places great emphasis on building business, economic and cultural bridges between East and West. The partnership demonstrates Reignwood’s continued strong commitment to the UK, and the LSO’s ambition to make its world-class music accessible to as many people as possible.
Reignwood joins the LSO’s other Principal Partner, BMW, as its two most senior corporate supporters.
Kathryn McDowell, Managing Director of the LSO, stated: 'I am delighted that Reignwood has chosen to become a Principal Partner of the LSO. This important commitment to our concerts in China and London, and to our pioneering digital education initiatives, reflects a shared vision to foster strong relations between East and West through music, education and culture. The excellence of the LSO and its continuing success is made possible by the supporters and partners who share our vision; we extend our thanks to Reignwood Chairman Dr Chanchai for joining us in this remarkable new partnership and we look forward very much to exciting years ahead.'
Mr Songhua Ni, President of Reignwood Group, said: 'It gives me great pleasure to announce the Principal Partnership with the London Symphony Orchestra. In the current economic and political environment, it has never been more important to deepen relationships between the UK and China. The Partnership demonstrates Reignwood’s commitment to the UK, and the value we place on our activities and investments here.'
'This deeper relationship we have announced with the LSO further promotes our belief that goodwill can be enhanced through cultural exchanges. Even though much has happened since we agreed our sponsorship last year, Reignwood is firmly committed to the UK, and in deepening our presence here. This new partnership, alongside our other ventures at Ten Trinity Square and Wentworth Golf Club, demonstrates the deep sensitivity Reignwood Group feels for the history and culture of the UK.'
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About Reignwood Group
Founded in 1984, Reignwood Group is a global Chinese investment firm with headquarters in Beijing and offices in Singapore, Thailand, Canada, the USA and UK. The group’s activities span the consumer goods, residential, leisure, sport and industrial sectors. Under the Chairmanship of Dr Chanchai Ruayrungruang, the Group’s extensive financial resources and global network have created a strategic international platform that not only invests in a wide spectrum of industries, but gives back to society, improving the lives of local communities and assisting in the protection of the environment. For more information, visit reignwood.com
About the London Symphony Orchestra
The London Symphony Orchestra is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading orchestras and has announced that Sir Simon Rattle will be Music Director from September 2017. The LSO has an enviable family of artists, including Principal Guest Conductors Daniel Harding and Gianandrea Noseda, Conductor Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor Emeritus Andre Previn, and long-standing relationships with some of the leading musicians in the world – Yuja Wang, Leonidas Kavakos, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Mitsuko Uchida and Maria João Pires amongst others. The LSO is proud to be Resident Orchestra at the Barbican, where it performs around 70 concerts a year. The LSO also enjoys successful residencies in New York, Paris and Tokyo. Regular tour destinations include the Far East, North America and all the major European cities. The LSO was established in 1904 and has a unique ethos. As a musical collective, it is built on artistic ownership and partnership. With an inimitable signature sound, the LSO’s mission is to bring the greatest music to the greatest number of people. Through LSO Discovery, it is a pioneer of music education, offering musical experiences to 60,000 people every year. With the formation of its own recording label LSO Live in 1999 the LSO pioneered a revolution in recording live orchestral music. The LSO strives to embrace new digital technologies – having successfully moved into digital film, Blu-Ray Audio, downloads and streaming. The LSO has recorded music for hundreds of films, including The Queen, The King’s Speech, The Imitation Game, four of the Harry Potter films, Superman and six Star Wars movies. The LSO is a highly successful creative enterprise, with 75% of all funding self-generated.
About LSO Play
LSO Play is an innovative, web-based platform, to allow users to immerse themselves in the Orchestra in concert. Open to everyone, but with a focus on educational use for schools and students, the new platform uses high-definition concert footage and allows users to control views of the performance from within the different sections of the orchestra, extending the experience of those who visit a LSO performance or LSO Discovery event, as well as being a means of engaging more deeply with audiences unable to visit in person.
The site has associated resources including video master classes and workshops featuring demonstrations, and commentary by LSO musicians and experts, teacher resource packs and contextual information on the musical background and history of the repertoire.
LSO Play is open to all around the world, and can be accessed at http://play.lso.co.uk
About LSO iTunes U
The LSO is developing an active and rich iTunes U channel, featuring resources that are tailored to those wanting a deeper understanding of music. The LSO makes available video series that include A-Level seminars, extensively covering the repertoire on the A-Level syllabus; Artist Conversations with musicians as prolific as André Previn, Colin Davis and John Adams; and Compose Yourself, a collection of resources for composers.
iTunes U is a pioneering project of considerable educational value, taking music learning to the next generation through developing technology. LSO Play and iTunes U are part of LSO Discovery, the LSO’s wide-reaching community and education programme.
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