What We Do

Through all its work The People’s Orchestra seeks to reinvent amateur orchestra performance, its artistry and engagement, and to showcase the art form's impact on social change in our community.

At its core is the fundamental belief that live orchestral music should be accessible for everyone.

The People’s Orchestra offers amateur musicians of any age (with at least Grade 7 on their instrument) the opportunity to continue developing their musical skills and experience in a supportive and fun environment.


Some notable facts about the orchestra include:

  • Being seen by 1 billion viewers at the Commonwealth Games Handover Event
  • Performing 'The Snowman' and 'Chronicles of Hope' live to film and working with animators to create six new scores and perform these live to film
  • Selection as one of the UK's top five most inspiring amateur orchestras for the BBC series 'All Together Now: The Great Orchestra Challenge'
  • Commissioning and performing world and UK premieres of music written for TV and film by award winning composers including: 'All At C' by John Altman; 'The Queen's Palaces' by Chris Nicolaides; and 'The Flight of Pegasus'
  • Commissioned and recorded a piece of music 'Beyond the Skies' by John Koutselinis which is now in the DreamWorks Studio's library
  • Working in one of the most deprived areas of England the charity provides over 200 hours of professionally-led music performance training per year and over 1800 days per year of work placement opportunities to hundreds of local unemployed people
  • Enabling up to 800 elderly and disabled local people to attend concerts per year through low priced or free tickets
  • Raises awareness of good causes including
    • Blood Cancer & the Donor Register
    • Mental Health & Male Suicide
    • Unemployment and Social Welfare


Provide over 200 hours of professionally led performance training per year.


Host 4 to 8 concerts a year and perform up to 20 events in our local community per year.


Enable up to 200 elderly and disabled local people attend concerts by providing low priced or free tickets at a venue which is easily accessible. Up to 80 wheelchair users attend our concerts regularly.


All musicians have free access to professional support for CV writing, job application, job search, interview techniques, mental health issues and performance anxiety.


An instrument bank provides instruments for those in need, so musicians can continue to play.


By providing valuable work placements in the creative arts and business sector, just by performing shows the orchestra has helped 252 unemployed people back into work. 81% of our volunteers get paid work after volunteering with the charity.

Social ROI

A social return on investment of 1:27


All donations will be matched to Arts Council England under their Evolve programme.

Help us continue our work

Donate to The People’s Orchestra Project and help us spread our message and music in support of our community. Donations are tax-deductible and go toward rehearsal, performance, music purchase and composition and administrative costs. All donations will be matched by Arts Council England under their Evolve program.