In 2018/19, working with 57 investing partners, we reached 50,074 people in live orchestral experiences, of whom 27,367 were children and young people.
This was achieved through delivering 176 projects and concerts in partnership with local authorities, promoters, music education hubs, Bridge organisations and other partners across England.
Our events featured 21 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 42% 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, 87% of project partners reported Learning and Skills Development outcomes through their Orchestras Live activity. 95% of project partners said they were likely or very likely to further develop work started in activity produced with Orchestras Live. 79% of our partners reported our relationship with them had a positive impact on their practice. 79% of our partners reported reaching new audiences.
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.”