Orchestras for All has a big vision: music without boundaries. Our mission is to unlock access to the life-changing experience of ensemble music-making.
Orchestras for All has a big vision: music without boundaries. We are pioneering a new approach to transforming young people’s lives through music. Our mission is to unlock access to the life-changing experience of ensemble music-making for 11-18 years olds with complex lives.
What makes Orchestras for All different?
We systematically remove all barriers to orchestral music-making be they financial, logistical, social and musical. We collaborate with partner organisations dedicated to social change – not just in the arts but across sectors – to ensure we reach the young people in low-income communities who have the least access to high quality musical experiences. We harness the power of the orchestra to help young people with complex lives develop a raft of non-musical skills, such as teamwork and confidence. We work with world-class artists to give them unforgettable, high-class artistic experiences.
High quality musical experiences, including that of the great orchestral canon are of intrinsic value and should be accessible to everyone. We know that music-making at this level has the power to transform lives. Research consistently shows that music-making transcends educational ability, socio-economic status and disability. It gives young people a unique way to express themselves. And it brings multiple benefits – such as confidence, self-discipline, cultural awareness and self-esteem.
Yet music education and high quality musical experiences are inconsistently resourced across the UK. And young people with complex lives are often the first to miss out. Opportunities for orchestral music-making too often go towards those who are already privileged in some way. This is deeply unfair. It means disadvantaged young people repeatedly miss out on the unique opportunity of ensemble music-making and cannot realise all the non-musical benefits that flow from it.
In 2011, Marianna Hay, former Director of Music at Highbury Grove School, set ou