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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.


Our role as a creative intermediary

At the beginning of July, Senior Creative Producer Jan Ford presented a paper at the Audience Research in the Arts conference hosted by Sheffield Performer and Audience Research Centre (SPARC). Read on to find out how it went…

Digit Music wins Tech4Good award

We were delighted to hear that last night, Digit Music were awarded the Accessibility Award at the 2019 Tech4Good Awards for Control One: an adapted wheelchair controller through which physically disabled people can compose and perform music.

Come Together: The Lost Letters

The original premise for the project of “a sackful of letters – unopened and never delivered – discovered in a disused corner of the sorting office” has unlocked an incredible range of stories from this diverse group of participants.

Award wins for project participants

Senior Creative Producer Stuart Bruce recently attended the Inspire Awards, hosted by Nottinghamshire Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries, where Able Orchestra musician Jess Fisher was presented with the Creativity and Innovation Award. Jess is an emerging music leader in Able Orchestra and recently premiered a new musical instrument, Control One, developed by Si Tew.  Digit   …Continue Reading

Tuning Up at HMP Whitemoor

Working in the Music Base at Kings Place we are lucky to have many interesting, well connected and creative neighbours not least Gerard Lemos and Paul Crane, social researchers, who have, in the last three years become creative partners and good friends, introducing us to the criminal justice system (CJS) and prisons.

Keychange 50/50 pledge

We are proud to have signed up to Keychange 50/50, joining over 200 music organisations who are taking positive action towards gender parity in music.

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.