We are delighted to announce that, from Wednesday 19 February, Orchestras Live will be working from a new base in Leeds. We will be moving into Duke Studios, a creative hub in central Leeds, home to a range of organisations working in the creative industries.
The move to Leeds reflects our role as a national organisation working through regional and local partnerships with a wide geographic spread across England. Given our focus on culturally under-served areas, we want to place ourselves in a part of the country where we can both support a rebalancing of cultural investment through our specialist expertise and connect more closely with the practical challenges faced by all our partner organisations and projects.
Our new base outside London will enable us to extend our understanding of partners’ and participants’ needs and values, as well as to consolidate and grow our portfolio of projects.
Our work will remain nation-wide and we will continue to work with our orchestra partners to add value, support inclusive practice, develop new audiences and foster local creative skills in the under-served communities that we work with.
“After many months of research and planning, I am delighted to announce our plans to base ourselves in Leeds. With our move come many prospects to reinforce current partnerships and forge new ones. Leeds is a wonderfully vibrant, musical city and a shining example of the benefits which accrue from cultural investment, from high profile ventures such as the City of Culture 2023 to grassroots, community led initiatives.
We have ambitious plans to contribute to the thinking that will drive cultural regeneration in the North, particularly in those areas that have suffered historically low investment, such as rural and coastal communities, as well as celebrating the role of orchestras in creative, collaborative engagement. Duke Studios will provide Orchestras Live with a flexible and collaborative workspace that suits our style of working.”Sarah Derbyshire, Orchestras Live CEO
Orchestras Live will move its registered office address to Duke Studios, Leeds from 19 February 2020 with a launch event on Tuesday 24 March 2020.
Our Duke Studios office will serve as a co-working hub for our northern staff members and will be used for regular team meetings and strategic planning days for our wider dispersed staff team. We will also use it for meeting northern partners, hosting network events and occasional conferences. The Board will schedule at least half of its meetings in Leeds.
Our day to day operations will continue to be delivered through a dispersed team, two thirds of whom are home-workers based from Winchester to Newcastle. The CEO’s principal place of work will relocate from London to Leeds.
Orchestras Live will for the time being retain a small co-working space at Kings Place in London for our staff who are based in the South of England.