Talent development

We provide training for orchestral musicians and nurture new talent entering the sector.

Find out more about some of our recent projects that are helping to develop talent...

Deaf and Disabled Music Leader Development Programme

Talented musicians whose careers have not previously encompassed music leading with orchestras have built skills and connections through our Deaf and Disabled Music Leader programme. Musicians on the programme have already been engaged for professional work with orchestras including City of London Sinfonia and the Royal Philhamornic Orchestra.

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A woman using British Sign Language to interpret a performance by an orchestra.

Trainee Music Leader reflections

Read this blog series from our first Spitalfields Music Trainee Music Leader, Alice Phelps, reflecting on how she has gathered experience working with a range of orchestras through Orchestras Live projects.

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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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A boy in a wheelchair using an iPad.


"This project has changed my life. It has helped me with my confidence and meant that I can do things that I never thought possible." - participant

Our SHINE project with Sinfonia Viva in Leicestershire resulted in the music service developing a specific music curriculum for SEND schools in the county, as well as the creation of practical guides and resources on how to create iPad bands in mainstream primary schools.

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Cumbria Calling

The long-term nature of the projectbeing neither a one-off composition project nor a short-term piece of activity - with participants engaged over months, or even years - has provided a clear route for musical development and progression in composition.

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