Driving inclusion

We strive for an inclusive sector, providing long term paths for emerging artists and ensuring that the diversity of audiences and participants mirrors the diversity of artists and music leaders. We use digital techniques in creative ways to enhance access wherever possible.

Find out more about some of our recent projects that are helping to drive inclusion...

Able Orchestra

“I think its amazing, and very new and exciting…it’s just being able to show what we’re capable of doing.” - participant

We are proud to have been a key partner in the development of Able Orchestra, an inclusive ensemble enabling members to create and perform music on equal terms.

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Lullaby Concerts

In 2017, we introduced British Sign Language interpretation to all of our Lullaby Concerts to increase access to these events, and all audience members learnt to sign a song as part of the concerts. We continue to offer and encourage BSL interpretation for all events where possible.

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Deaf and Disabled Music Leaders Development Programme

"I felt honoured and proud to be involved, with Orchestras Live I was out in public, promoting a positive message on diversity.” - Ruth Montgomery

We have established a mentoring and training programme for emerging music leaders, to provide a pathway for disabled musicians who are under-represented in the orchestral workforce.

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Keychange 50/50 pledge

We are proud to have joined over 200 organisations in signing the Keychange 50/50 pledge and taking positive action towards gender parity in the music sector.

We have pledged to achieve an average 50/50 gender balance of music leaders on our projects over four years to 2022.

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