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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.


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.   

ABO Conference highlights 2019

At the end of January, the Orchestras Live team joined sector colleagues at the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) annual conference held in Belfast. Here are their highlights…

Celebrating Age seminar 2019

On Monday 11 February, our CEO Sarah Derbyshire joined Matthew Swann (CEO, City of London Sinfonia) to present findings from our recent “From Bingo to Bartok” publication at the Family Arts Campaign’s National Celebrating Age Seminar in Liverpool.

“From Bingo to Bartok”

We are excited to launch our new online publication, From Bingo to Bartok: Creative and Innovative Approaches to involving older people with Orchestras.

Commissioned by the Baring Foundation, the publication spotlights some of the best examples of orchestral work supporting older people living better lives and meeting the challenges of health and loneliness.

Tony Stoller new Chair of Orchestras Live

Today, Thursday 22 November, we announce Dr Tony Stoller CBE as the new Chair of the Board of trustees at Orchestras Live.  Tony brings a wealth of experience to the role and we look forward to working with him.

Find out more in our press release.