This month, Orchestras Live introduced a new producing role in the North of England. Becky West joins our national team from her base in Newcastle as our Regional Producer – North.
Becky will focus on developing audiences for live orchestral music in the North East, North West and Yorkshire, building on the foundations laid by Orchestras Live’s Senior Creative Producers. Together, they will develop long-term collaborative partnerships, networking some of the most inspiring cultural organisations in the North to create engaging orchestral experiences in the heart of local communities, broadening and deepening diverse audiences for orchestras. In her first month she’s been meeting our partners in Darlington, Durham, the East Riding of Yorkshire and Cumbria.
Arts engagement outside major metropolitan centres in the north of England is low with the majority of individuals and communities unable to access or participate in, high quality live orchestral music. Orchestras Live works on projects with people who perceive orchestral music to be impenetrable, or face barriers such as physical disability or financial hardship.
The picture is particularly acute in the region’s rural and coastal areas where a long term lack of investment has led to a lower level of infrastructure compared to urban areas, as identified in Rural England’s State of Rural Services Report 2018. This role enables Orchestras Live to direct its own investment towards those communities through a dedicated regional presence.