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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.


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…

Sound Around – on stage and behind the scenes

Ahead of the upcoming Sound Around performances, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra violinist Sali-Wyn Ryan and Doncaster Young Producer Summer share their experiences of the project so far…

Sound Around relaxed family concerts – Doncaster, Sunderland, Northampton

Sound Around

Year One of Sound Around culminates over the coming weeks with performances for schools and relaxed family concerts in Doncaster, Sunderland and Northampton, all shaped and delivered by inclusive groups of young producers in each area.

Award for FLAME project

Corks are popping with news of a major award for a project produced by Orchestras Live in partnership with Cumbria Music Education Hub.

Classically Yours coming up

The Classically Yours opening concert at the beginning of January with Manchester Camerata, part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, received a standing ovation from the six hundred strong audience at Bridlington Spa.

Sound Around: BBC Look North feature

BBC Look North ran a feature on our Sound Around project on 5 January 2017. They have kindly made this video available for sharing…

Mechanical Advantage

Presented by Sinfonia Viva, in partnership with Orchestras Live, Rolls-Royce and Derbyshire Music Education Hub, Mechanical Advantage features new music created by students from Becket Primary School, Firs Estate Primary School, Chellaston Academy and Derby College. Inspired by Derby’s industrial heritage, and recent work with Rolls-Royce STEM Ambassadors, the music tells the story of the everyday machines that make our lives that bit easier, and the science behind them.