In 2009 Cabinet agreed to the establishment of the National Philharmonic Orchestra (NPO) OF Trinidad and Tobago.
The objectives of the NPO are to:
- Develop an appreciation and awareness of a specific aspect of the performing arts
- Broaden and enhance the cultural scope of Trinidad and Tobago and by extension, the Caribbean region.
- Play a key role in widespread instrumental learning and the development of musical education at all levels in Trinidad and Tobago
- Avenue for musicians to be engaged professionally
- Bring Trinidad and Tobago’s symphonic music to local audiences
- Undertake exciting and varied programme of concerts and teaching
- Engage widest possible audience and reflect the diversity of the culture of Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean.
In June, 2013, under the auspices of the Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism, the establishment of the Philharmonic Orchestra was started on a pilot basis.
The pilot involved bringing together of an ensemble of trained musicians to undertake a three-month period of rehearsal and preparation of symphonic work. On Monday 23rd September, 2013 the National Philharmonic Orchestra (Ensemble) began rehearsing a symphonic repertoire of classical for today’s presentation. Three-hour rehearsal sessions were held twice per week, at a rented venue, under the direction of the interim Music Director/Conductor, Dr. Roger Henry.