In 2017/18, working with 67 investing partners, we reached 39,223 people in live orchestral experiences, of whom 15,706 were children and young people.
In addition, we reached a further 26,282 people through digital platforms.
This was achieved through delivering 161 projects and concerts in partnership with local authorities, promoters, music education hubs, Bridge organisations and other partners across England.
Our events featured 22 professional orchestras and included formal and informal concerts, concerts for children and families, and community and education projects ranging from single workshops to year-round residencies.
We are increasingly maximising the capabilities of digital technology to support wider access. This may take the form of an orchestral concert or project showcase live-streamed to schools or venues in the locality, or the use of assistive technology to enable participants with additional needs to contribute to a project performance.
Whilst results of our work are as wide-ranging as the communities where the activity takes place, they are all underpinned by our commitment to artistic excellence.
Orchestras Live actively promotes the creation of new orchestral repertoire, with 59% of concert programmes featuring work by living composers.
Through our relationships with a very wide range of promoters we achieve economies of scale, developing tours across England and enabling the best of British professional orchestras to reach the widest possible audience in a particularly cost-effective way.
Through collaboration with local partners we contribute to the infrastructure for orchestral activity, raising the ambition of local initiatives and stimulating greater local investment.
In project evaluation feedback, 92% of project partners reported that their Orchestras Live activity contributed to their Learning & Skills Development strategy. 89% of our partners reported our relationship with them had a positive impact on their practice.
Orchestras Live receives public funding from Arts Council England: “We believe that public life in this country without the arts and culture would be much poorer. The arts are integral to all our lives and give us the pleasure and opportunity for self-expression, and bring social and economic benefits to our communities and our nation.”