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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.


Annual Review 2016/17

We are pleased to share our Annual Review for 2016/17. This review gives us a rare opportunity to step back from the detail of bespoke activities and look at them in a broader context. Our determination to challenge assumptions and develop ways to engage new audiences permeates our work and we’re really proud of what our partnerships achieved this year.

Sound Around Year Two

Sound Around

The second year of our national Sound Around project with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is getting well underway. Throughout December, an octet of musicians from the RPO visited special schools across Carlisle, Lowestoft and Reading to perform a series of specially-devised concerts.

Lullaby Concerts 2017 – Mission complete

(c) Paul Coghlin

Back in October, we brought the brilliant City of London Sinfonia and enigmatic presenter Claire Henry to venues across Essex and Suffolk to perform our Mission to Launch Lullaby Concerts for young audiences and their families.

Chair of Board of Trustees

Orchestras Live is seeking a new Chair of its board of trustees, to take effect when the current Chair’s term comes to an end.

Adapting the Model, Relaxed or relaxed?

There’s been a re-ignition of the debate around inclusivity at orchestral performances over recent months – who are the current audiences for the performing arts, and who should they be?

Music’s impact on the lives of older people

Orchestras Live has been at the forefront of creating projects that address the concerns of an aging population in the UK, as well as spearheading research into the impact of music on the lives of the elderly.

Hear and Now – Philharmonia, Bedford

The culmination of this year’s Hear and Now project, the Philharmonia’s flagship intergenerational community creative project based in the Queens Park area of Bedford, takes place on Saturday 14 October 2017.

Review: Shared decision-making toolkit from CPP

Partnership Manager Jan Ford reviews the new shared decision-making toolkit from the Creative People and Places network.

Lullaby Concerts 2017 – Mission to Launch

We are delighted to announce that the ninth series of Orchestras Live’s award-winning Lullaby Concerts – Mission to Launch – is now on sale.

The Wish – film and evaluation

The Wish was the latest in a series of innovative orchestral projects involving young people in Luton at different levels of their musical development.