Building networks

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...

Classically Yours

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.

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A group of participants sitting down

Sound Around

“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.

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A young man in a wheelchair and his carer talk to a musician from the orchestra.

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.

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An orchestra on stage made up of participants and professional musicians, with a saxophone soloist at the front.

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