Latest news

Orchestras Live delivers unique and high-quality live orchestral experiences to a vast range of communities across England. Last year we worked with 65 investing partners and 20 professional orchestras to engage 44,829 people in live orchestral experiences.

In this section of the website you will find all the latest news and updates on our work.


Trustee Recruitment

Orchestras Live is seeking new trustees.  Are you passionate about live music? Do you want to play a part in making sure that everyone has the opportunity to access high quality orchestral performances? Would you value being one of a diverse group of trustees working together to make this happen? Orchestras Live is looking for people like you to play a key role in the future development of this vibrant charity.

Music Education – turning the corner?

In the light of recent reports and initiatives, Orchestras Live Chief Executive Sarah Derbyshire shares some thoughts on the current state of music education and the implications for the orchestral profession.

Trainee Music Leader placement opportunity

Spitalfields Music and Orchestras Live are offering an opportunity for an experienced musician, based in the north of England, to develop the music leadership aspects of their freelance career, particularly including work with professional orchestras.

Guest reflections: The Wish 2019

Cardiff University student Emma Thorpe recently joined Orchestras Live on as placement as part of her course, where she observed our project The Wish touring to Central Bedfordshire, Luton, Bedford and Milton Keynes. Read her reflections here.

Salomon Prize 2019 – Janet Fulton

Orchestras Live is delighted that the 2019 Salomon Prize was recently presented to Manchester Camerata percussion Janet Fulton by the Royal Philharmonic Society and Association of British Orchestras.

Creative Journeys in Hadleigh

Over the last few months, the artistic team including Orchestras Live, Sinfonia Viva and music leader Sam Glazer have been working with local care home residents, and a support group for those living with dementia, in Hadleigh, Suffolk to create songs celebrating aspects of their lives past and present.

North Norfolk Centre of Excellence: A new partnership

The weekend formed the first project in the North Norfolk Centre of Excellence, a partnership with the purpose of developing regular opportunities for young musicians to work alongside professionals prior to or as part of orchestral concert programmes.

Music Teacher Magazine Q&A with Tony Stoller

Our new Chair, Tony Stoller CBE, took up the role in November last year. Music Teacher Magazine were keen to ask him about his ambitions for the role, his early thoughts on the current state of music education and Orchestras Live’s offer for young people.

All-Party Parliamentary Group, March 2019

On Monday 11 March, Sarah Derbyshire, Orchestras Live’s CEO joined the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing to discuss challenges and opportunities in spreading music and dementia work across the UK. Here Sarah shares an overview of our position at Orchestras Live…

New Regional Producer – North

This month, Orchestras Live introduced a new producing role in the North of England. Becky West joins our national team from her base in Newcastle as our Regional Producer – North.