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
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.