Who we work with


Orchestras Live is a creative producer of orchestral experiences for communities across England. Our collaborations with orchestras, educators, venues, promoters and communities are at the heart of our work, supported by active relationships with an ever growing range of artistic, producer and funder partners.

Why work with us?

We believe orchestras are for everyone and that live orchestral music has the power to inspire people for a lifetime.

Key points

Experience and expertise

With 50 years’ experience, we are the only organisation of our kind doing this vital audience and engagement work.


We give everyone a voice in shaping their orchestral experience, our work is 'with' not 'for' communities which means it’s always relevant and bespoke.

Well connected

We occupy the heart of the orchestral world, forging dialogue in, and beyond the sector.

National, regional, local

We work across England, in rural, coastal and under-served urban locations crafting every project for local benefit.

Working in new ways

We test musical concepts in unexpected places. We develop ambitious ideas, evaluate what works and share what we learn.

Making a difference

We rejuvenate communities, join generations and lever funds in the local cultural economy. Our evidence shows we have transformed lives.

Partnership Principles

The success of our partnerships is a vital component in our strategy to ensure high quality orchestral experiences are as widely accessible as possible and we value greatly our partnerships in helping to deliver this ambition. Orchestras Live has adopted four principles which underpin all our partnerships and guide our decision making.

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Strategic Funders

These funders enable us to achieve our strategic aims

Project Funders

These funders enable individual projects to take place in specific regions or with specific audiences

  • Access to Work
  • Allerdale Community Grants Fund
  • Austin & Hope Pilkington Foundation
  • Creative Darlington
  • Cumbria County Council Neighbourhood Fund (Copeland committee)
  • Essex Community Foundation
  • Forest Heath Locality Fund
  • Friends of Bedfordshire Music
  • Friends of Luton Music
  • Grassroots (Colchester & Tendring Community Trust)
  • Haverhill Locality Fund
  • The Leche Trust
  • Stowmarket Locality Fund
  • Suffolk Locality Fund
  • The Wixamtree Trust

Artistic Partners

These orchestras work with us to produce and deliver our projects

  • Academy of Ancient Music
  • Brandenburg Sinfonia
  • Britten Sinfonia
  • City of London Sinfonia
  • The English Concert
  • European Union Chamber Orchestra
  • Hallé Concerts Society
  • Heritage Orchestra
  • La Serenissima
  • London Mozart Players
  • London Sinfonietta
  • Manchester Camerata
  • Multi-Story Orchestra
  • Northern Chamber Orchestra
  • Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Orchestra of the Swan
  • Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Royal Northern Sinfonia
  • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Sinfonia Viva

Producer Partners

These partners help us produce and develop our projects

  • The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
  • Attitude is Everything
  • Babergh District Council
  • Barrow Borough Council
  • Broadland District Council
  • Buxton International Festival
  • Chelmsford City Council
  • Chelmsford Civic Theatre
  • The Courtyard, Hereford
  • Cumbria Music Education Hub
  • Darlington Hippodrome
  • Deal Music & Arts
  • Derbyshire County Council
  • Drake Music
  • Durham & Darlington Music Education Hub
  • East Riding of Yorkshire Music Education Hub
  • East Riding of Yorkshire Council
  • Enjoy Great Yarmouth (Cultural Education Partnership)
  • Essex Music Education Hub
  • Forest Heath District Council
  • Inspire Culture (Nottinghamshire Music Education Hub)
  • Inspiring Music
  • John Armitage Memorial Trust (JAM)
  • Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub
  • Lemos&Crane
  • Lincolnshire Music Education Hub
  • Marina Theatre Trust (Lowestoft)
  • Mid Suffolk District Council
  • The Mix (Luton Music Education Hub)
  • Music for Bedford Borough
  • Norfolk Museums Service
  • Norfolk Music Education Hub
  • North Norfolk District Council
  • Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust
  • Nottingham Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall
  • Re-Imagine CIC
  • Saffron Hall
  • South Holland District Council
  • South Kesteven District Council
  • Stroud District Council
  • Suffolk Music Education Hub
  • Thaxted Festival
  • Turner Sims, Southampton
  • Wiltshire Music Centre

Investing Partners

These partners support activity in their local area

  • Cambridge Live
  • Cambridgeshire Music
  • Cockermouth Music Society
  • Cumbria County Council
  • Derby City Council
  • Essex County Council
  • Hertfordshire County Council
  • Ipswich Regent Theatre
  • Keswick Music Society
  • King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council
  • Leicester City Council
  • Lincoln Drill Hall
  • Penrith Music Club
  • Shropshire Music Trust
  • South Northamptonshire Council
  • Uttlesford District Council


Recent clients who we have supported through our consultancy projects have included: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Blu Zebra (for Arts Council Northern Ireland).