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Beatrice Edwards



Flash Mobs

Virgin Trains

Orchestra Flash Mob on the 11.03 Virgin Trains Service from London, Euston. Thank you to Virgin Trains, Trinity Mirror & Blue Monday for a wonderful day.


Watch what happens when The People's Orchestra answer a call from Oxfam. To thank the lovely people at Yogscast for raising loads of money for Oxfam our orchestra flash mobbed a Yogscast Q&A session during the EGX2015 event at the NEC in Birmingham. The video shows the orchestra rehearsing the piece and taking up their seats for the surprise, with Yogscast totally unaware of what's about to unfold. Thank you to everyone who contributed to make this event a great success. £450k raised!


On March 22nd 2015 we decided to flashmob our own orchestra...just because we could Uptown Funk is not our usual rep but a bit of a change. Only those playing knew about it, most of the orchestra and the Principal Conductor John Brennan were unaware anything was about to happen. Thank you to Amrit! It was a bit of fun

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When we started

Superhero’s Legends July 2017

Superhero’s Legends July 2017

Mayfly Festival 2018

Walking in the Air

Nigel Tyson, Principal Trumpet player for The People's Orchestra practicing Walking in the Air ahead of the orchestras trip to Malvern Theatres where we played live to a screening of The Snowman on the 7th December. The People's Orchestra is conducted by John Brennan Video - Nigel Tyson Editing - Ashley Bott

Who Are TPO?

Why not let our staff, players and volunteers tell you! Thanks to Liam Anslow, Lakhvir Kumar, Annie Routley, Minnie Pawsey, Matthew Wood, Elle Marshall, Chris Bentley, Serena Patel, Beatrice Edwards and Nigel Tyson for appearing on camera for us!

Midsummer Night Ball June 2015

The Great Orchestra Challenge

Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people than ever are being helped back into work thanks to our players, and our outreach work is helping more and more people in our community, but this year has been the most difficult ever to raise the grant funding we need to keep going. Fears over Brexit hasn’t help and we really don’t want to increase ticket prices – we want to make our concerts open to all, including the most disadvantaged in our community. So, you can see why we need to ask for your help. The People’s Orchestra is a charity. We play great music but importantly we help loads of people back into work, 270+ to date. Our staff help students gain great marks for university projects too. We are not influenced by billionaire owners, politicians or shareholders. We’re volunteer led, inclusive and diverse. And this gives us the power to yes to all sorts of community causes. It lets us challenge the norm - and prove a point. Being different works. And at a time when music teaching in schools is declining and funding for school orchestras is at an all-time low, we need to expand to fill the gaps and support those who need us, it’s what sets us apart from so many others. The People’s Orchestra long-term sustainability relies on the support that we receive directly from our followers. And we would like to thank all those who are helping to make our future secure. But we cannot stop here. As more of you offer your ongoing support, we can keep investing in quality music and community support. We can remain a strong, progressive force that is open to all. If everyone who attends our concerts, or reads our news, who likes us, also helps to support it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as £1, you can support The People’s Orchestra – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.