Our work with young people

We believe orchestras are for everyone and that live orchestral music has the power to inspire people for a lifetime. We create environments where music and creativity can thrive. 

An orchestra can be so much more than a concert giver. With the right partners, it can be a rich musical resource, transforming how young people and their teachers can engage with live music-making.

Orchestras Live works with Music Education Hubs, creating bespoke projects to help teachers develop their skills, their curriculum and establish partnerships with world-class orchestras.

If you are

  • a Music Education Hub wanting to incorporate an orchestral dimension in your offer to students
  • an education professional wanting to develop your players’ skills
  • a teacher looking for CPD in an orchestral setting
  • a curriculum lead wanting to offer an imaginative Arts Award / Artsmark project

Read more about our work with teachers, promoters and orchestras, which show the potential of partnership working.


Classically Yours with East Riding Music Education Hub

Orchestras Live in partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council created Classically Yours to address inequalities of opportunity to access high quality live orchestral music. 

Orchestras Live brought four world-class orchestras to the rural East Riding of Yorkshire to work with venues, community groups and the East Riding Music Hub, for the very first time.  We enabled pupils at Withernsea High School and Junior school to work with professional musicians from Manchester Camerata and composer Richard Taylor, to create, perform and present their own music in their town and at Bridlington Spa.

Orchestras Live’s partnership with the Hub galvanised a whole community, one which had previously believed culture was something that happened elsewhere.

Classically Yours won the 2018 RPS Music Award for Audiences and Engagement, for its work across the region.

I think they all enjoyed the sessions, being in charge of major decisions, and the creative process.  Even those who didn’t want to look too enthusiastic still managed to take an active part at all times, even if the drumming hurt their hands! ” Janet Fulton, Manchester Camerata musician


Sound Around with UK Music Education Hubs

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Orchestras Live partnered with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to present 42 concerts in six culturally under-served locations, reaching nearly 20,000 people over two years.

Aiming to create more opportunities for children and young people with additional needs to engage with live orchestral music, 113 children, including many with special educational needs and disabilities became young producers, working alongside their peers in mainstream education to produce, programme and present youth-focused schools concerts in public venues.

Sound Around supported teachers in making the case for young people participating in music at school, and the significant positive impact on children with additional needs.

“I am writing to express my gratitude to and admiration for all who contributed to the project… the net result was a real celebration of creativity and young leadership… the music was glorious and I had to pinch myself to remind myself that I was at work!… Given the current climate we need to be fiercely protective of the arts in schools; Orchestras Live is a fabulous example of that sentiment in action”.  Head Teacher, Ranelagh School, Reading


Shine with Leicestershire Music Hub

Orchestras Live worked with Sinfonia Viva and Leicestershire Music Hub on Shine, developing new ways of delivering the music curriculum in special schools.

Orchestras Live produced live performances and participatory projects across all of Leicestershire’s SEN schools, culminating in a celebration event at De Montfort Hall.  The partnership included a strong digital delivery strand mirroring the live events and the development of a holistic evaluation framework.

As a direct result of the project, a new curriculum for SEN schools throughout the county was launched and will in future be rolled out to other UK Music Education Hubs.


Orchestras Live…

  • brings world-class professional orchestras to rural, coastal and under-served urban communities  
  • inspires the young, and takes a “led by” rather than “for” them approach to project involvement  
  • joins communities and generations in award-winning projects  
  • develops talent to increase quality, diversity and sustainability of music delivery and participation  
  • occupies the heart of the orchestral world, leading thought, learning new approaches, stimulating debate and driving change  

Orchestras Live in 2017/2018

  • Inspired 15,706 children and young people
  • Reached 39,223 audiences in live orchestral experiences in 161 projects and events across England
  • Included over 1,000 children with special educational needs in one flagship project, Sound Around
  • Developed work with 22 world-leading orchestras, 67 investing partners and 17 music education hubs
  • 35% of work was dedicated to partnerships located in the bottom third of the arts engagement index*

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