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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.


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.

Age-Friendly Standards from the Family Arts Campaign

Orchestras Live is one of the first national cultural organisations who have adopted the Family Arts Campaign’s new Age-Friendly Standards.

Classically Yours – At Home

At Home is an integral part of the wider Classically Yours programme developed in partnership with Orchestras Live, Manchester Camerata and Sinfonia Viva

Small Acts Are Radical

On 11 July, 2017, Orchestras Live held a round table discussion to explore how inclusive orchestral performances impact developing new audiences.