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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.


The Nature of Beauty – Chelmsford First Time Live 2017

Between January and March 2017, 132 students from six Chelmsford schools took part in Chelmsford First Time Live – The Nature of Beauty, collaborating with composer John K Miles and City of London Sinfonia in this youth-led project co-produced by Orchestras Live and Essex Music Services. Watch the film here.

Able Orchestra perform as part of BBC Music Day 2017

We are delighted that Able Orchestra will be taking part in BBC Music Day later today, Thursday 15 June, performing a new piece specially created for the day.

Photos from Together to the Workhouse Door

(c) David Kirkham

Selected photos from Together to the Workhouse Door, an original site-specific project in collaboration with Sinfonia Viva, the Writers’ Centre Norwich and Breckland Council, which took place in June at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse. “I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed last night – it was a triumph in every way. Just brilliant.   …Continue Reading

Together To The Workhouse Door in Norfolk

Since April, schools and community groups in Norfolk have been working on an ambitious choral and creative writing project inspired by one of Norfolk’s best loved museums – Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse – which culminates in June 2017.

Sound Around first year round up

(c) Photocall Event Photography

The first year of our national Sound Around project, in partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, came to an end last month and we’re proud to have engaged an audience of almost ten thousand through our series of schools and family-focused concerts in Sunderland, Northampton and Doncaster.

Orchestras Live message will reach further, thanks to Rhinegold award

Orchestras Live has been chosen as the recipient of the 2017/18 Rhinegold Charity Fund, which offers £10,000 worth of advertising for charities to spend across Rhinegold’s flagship classical music publications and websites.

Lullaby Concerts wins Family Arts Festival award

Orchestras Live has won Best Family Event for its contribution to the 2016 Get Creative Family Arts Festival, with its tour of Lullaby Concerts.

Creative Journeys – plans in Essex

Plans are taking shape for a new Sinfonia Viva creative project involving older people and staff at care homes in Brentwood, forming one strand of the multi-faceted Creative Journeys programme.

Developing Music Leaders

For some time Orchestras Live has been working to broaden the diversity of skilled music leaders who work with orchestras on the delivery of their projects, with a particular focus on developing Disabled music leaders through our partnerships in Essex.

Sound Around – ‘more like a research project’

Ahead of the upcoming Sound Around performances, Music Leader Tim Steiner shares his thoughts and reflections on his experience of the project so far…