We connect partners to explore new ideas, originate work, stimulate debate and collaborate for change in the orchestral music sector.
Orchestras Live wants to develop and sustain a network of committed, confident partners engaging diverse audiences in orchestral music. Our work with them focuses on audience development in culturally under-served areas, co-producing work that will engage new audiences, increase promoter skills and facilitate a wider range of artistic collaborations that will build more diverse audiences for orchestral music.
Find out more about some of our recent projects that are helping to build networks...
We set out to dispel misconceptions about what live orchestral music is like and who it is for, by revitalising orchestral provision in the East Riding of Yorkshire. We established and developed audience bases and have seen a subsequent positive impact on community cohesion and artistic ambition.
“A game-changing approach. Sound Around allows the orchestra to experiment with different forms of what a performance might be.” - independent evaluator
Sound Around addressed preconceptions about orchestral concerts not just from audiences, but also from orchestral musicians themselves. Together with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, we developed a relaxed presentation format that challenged ideas about what a concert should and could be.
Darlington Hippodrome orchestral series
Following the extensive refurbishment of Darlington Hippodrome in 2017, we worked with local stakeholders to devise a new way to embed orchestral activity to help build and broaden audiences, while sharing skills and helping to develop the town’s cultural infrastructure.