Orchestras Live has been evolving for more than 50 years. We believe that orchestras are for everyone and that live orchestral music has the power to inspire people for a lifetime. We are committed to engaging people of all ages and backgrounds, and particularly those in historically under-invested, non-metropolitan communities in England, in creating work that harnesses the transformative power of orchestral music to inspire, bring joy and support wellbeing.

We work in areas of the country which have suffered under-investment for many years, including rural and coastal parts of England. Our projects can take place in schools, care homes, prisons, arts venues, museums, outdoors and online. Our programme of activity involves work in the areas of community development, health and wellbeing, children and young people and workforce development, ensuring everyone has access to and can enjoy the benefits of live orchestral music, regardless of their background.

We believe that our work stands the best chance of success when it is founded on a listening culture; designed through consultation and collaboration with the diverse individuals and communities with whom we engage. We want this diversity to be reflected in our Board and staff team, and aim to achieve a nationally representative demographic profile across our organisation.

As an influential leader in the orchestral sector, Orchestras Live is alive to innovations and their potential to drive positive change. We are prepared to break the mould and explore new ideas or practices – artistic, technological, societal, environmental, and organisational. Our response to COVID19 has been agile; adapting and developing new ways of working in the new context. Looking ahead we believe that the social and economic environment for communities and cultural activity will be permanently changed and that many of the innovations from this period will be adopted as key elements of our work.

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