What we do

We create environments where music and creativity can thrive. We work with artistic partners across the country to ensure everyone has access to world-class orchestral experiences.

In 2019/20 we:

  • worked with 56 investing partners and 22 professional orchestras.
  • delivered 119 projects and concerts across England
  • reached 35,500 people in live orchestral experiences, of whom 20,036 were children and young people

Key points

Invigorating communities

We transform musical provision, opening up new cultural opportunities for people.

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Building networks

We connect partners to explore new ideas, originate work, stimulate debate and collaborate for change in the orchestral music sector.

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Developing talent

We develop the creative leadership skills of orchestras, musicians and promoters to increase the quality of engagement and sustainability of live orchestral music for future generations.

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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.

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Improving health and wellbeing

We devise projects that harness the power of music to help individuals to live well, and recognise the value of people who might otherwise be invisible.

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Inspiring children and young people

We design vital opportunities for children and young people who would never engage with live orchestral music.

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From watching the progress of the students, it was clear this project brought value not only to their musicianship but also impacted areas of confidence, teamwork, discipline, arithmetic, decision making, and abstract thinking.

~ Orchestra feedback

Research and reports

Read research published about our activity, and case studies and reports from our recent projects.

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