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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.


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.

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.