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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.


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.

Chelmsford Remembers Them

On 7 November 2018, 100 musicians from five Chelmsford schools performed The Violin in Chelmsford Cathedral, a work inspired by a First World War Soldier, Private Burchell, and his violin.

The Wish shortlisted for Music Teacher Award

We are delighted, along with our project partners in Bedford, Central Befordshire and Luton, to have been shortlisted for the Outstanding Classical Music Education Initiative Award as part of the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence 2019 for our project The Wish.

Annual Review 2017/18

Please read our Annual Review for 2017/18. This review shows highlights of our projects over the year, and illustrates the way we’ve worked with partners to engage new audiences across the country.

The Musical Puzzle: Lullaby Concerts 2018

We are thrilled to be announcing our latest Lullaby Concerts: The Musical Puzzle.

The young audience will be at the heart of a musical puzzle this October half term as they are joined by musicians from City of London Sinfonia in an exploration of shapes, puzzles and amazing music.

Shine project, Leicestershire

In this project we have facilitated a collaboration between music technologist Ben Sellars and Sinfonia Viva who have been working with four SEN schools in Leicestershire to create music individually and collectively.

Able Orchestra premieres new works and new technology

(c) Reg Clegg

Nottingham Contemporary will host a programme of new works from Able Orchestra on Friday 22 June at 7pm. Involving young disabled and able young musicians alongside professional music producers and digital artists from Inspire Youth Arts and players from The Hallé, the ethos of Able Orchestra is that all members can create and perform on equal terms.