The RMP is a not-for-profit organisation and has been prominent in the promotion, performance and preservation of the symphonic choral repertoire in the Melbourne concert calendar since 1853. The RMP has been a principal contributor to Australia's music heritage and has been responsible for many important Australian premieres, including first performances of Mozart's Requiem, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Walton's Belshazzar's Feast and Vivaldi's Gloria. The RMP has also performed at the important official occasions in Australia's recent history, including the Australian Centennial International Exhibition, the Federation of Australia celebrations, the Melbourne Olympic Games, Australia's Bi-Centenary celebrations and the Centenary of Federation celebrations in 2001.
Today the RMP is believed to be the fourth oldest secular choir in the world with continuous performance, and is one of a handful of top quality symphonic choirs in Australia regularly performing the symphonic choral repertoire. The RMP is a fully auditioned choir dedicated to promote and sustain high artistic and performance standards. The RMP includes in its charter the promotion and performance of new works. These new works extend and enrich the repertoire and make for a more relevant experience for today's concert audiences.
Through its energetic, young and highly experienced music director Andrew Wailes, the RMP encourages and provides performance opportunities for young and emerging professional musicians, both as vocal soloists and orchestral players.
The RMP has established a modern tradition of about ten concerts each year to a total audience of about 8,000. Annual features include recitals in the new Melbourne Recital Centre, the RMP ARIA competition for young Oratoria soloists, a large concert that combines the forces of the RMP, the Melbourne University Choral Society and similar organisations, and of course the Christmas celebrarions.
The RMP is governed as an Incorporated Associat.
Since its formation in 1853, the RMP has relied principally on the efforts of volunteers to manage its year-to-year artistic planning, concert preparation, management and performance, and the essential support and administrative services. Choir member subscriptions and Box Office revenue have sustained these volunteer services, supported by other important, but irregular, funding sources, including the City of Melbourne, Arts Victoria, Australia Council, and donations, legacies and other philanthropy from generous individuals and organisations.
Funding is required for many purposes: for example, typical concert costs include venue hire (Melbourne Town Hall), soloists and orchestra rehearsal calls and performance fees, marketing and publicity, music hire, lighting and recording costs.
The RMP holds an important collection of archival material that requires specialist preservation and continuing management. This collection reflects an unbroken record of important social change and includes many rare and unique scores and memorabilia dating from the pre-federation days of the nineteenth century through to the beginning of the twenty-first century.
The RMP particularly values long-term partnerships with individuals and organisations that generate mutual and measurable benefits for all parties. These benefits include the provision of much-needed certainty to the RMP concert program funding to allow long-term planning, development, performance and administration. In return, funding partners can expect to receive promotion and the satisfaction of being responsible for the development and sustainability of one of the important artistic organisations in Australia.
There are many opportunities to assist the RMP through targeted sponsorship and funding.
If you are interested in any of these opportunities, or simply want to help and support the RMP in a general (and generous!) way to
Please contact our office for further information.
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A huge thank you to our existing and loyal sponsors and supporters, Henkel Management, Milemaker Petroleum, NationWide, the City of Melbourne and the Australia Council.