What we do

Play, Inspire, Achieve.

The People's Orchestra are one of the UK's leading pro-amateur instrumental orchestras and we're well known for our pioneering approach to music. We love what we do and we're proud of our reputation for performing with warmth, imagination and expertise. Through all its work The People’s Orchestra seeks to reinvent 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.

Our key achievements 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
  • For every £1 invested in TPO, £27 is invested back into the community

Training

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

Performance

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

Accessible

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.

Support

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

Instruments

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

Employment

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

Donation

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

Help us continue our work

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.