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Musical Chairs


Cecil Sharp House, London

Take your place alongside members of the National Orchestra for All, the UK’s only non-auditioned free of charge national youth orchestra, supported by our team of professional orchestral tutors and spend a day exploring a programme of orchestral favourites, including Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.

How does Musical Chairs work?

Are you a musician who dreams of playing a different instrument? A flautist who always wanted to play the cello? Maybe you haven't played for years, and this is an excuse to dust off that old viola sitting under your bed, or perhaps you never even had the chance to play and would love the opportunity to take up an instrument for the first time. Whether professional musician or complete beginner, Musical Chairs is the event for you!

Once you’ve picked your instrument, we’ll send you your music – specially arranged to cater for all abilities – and some practice tips for you to get practicing. In the run-up to the event, we’re holding after work First Aid Clinics so you can meet some other budding musicians and get some help from our team on how best to prepare for the day.

On the day, you’ll work with members of our National Orchestra for All and our team of professional orchestral tutors to rehearse the pieces, before performing to friends and family at a performance at 4pm – followed by a well-earned drink!

Orchestras for All exists to unlock access to the life-changing experience of ensemble music-making for 11-18 years olds with complex lives. Playing in an orchestra has proven benefits, allowing young people to develop key social skills. All of the money you raise at Musical Chairs will be used to offer opportunities to help enrich the lives of young musicians across the country. 

How do I take part?

There are four ways to take part in the event:

  1. Raise sponsorship from friends and family using our online platform

  2. Donate to play: reserve your place (suggested donation £250)

  3. Give the gift of music: treat someone to a place in the orchestra and reserve them a place (suggested donation £250)

  4. Play as a team: sign up as a group of friends or colleagues for a great day of team building (suggested donation £250 per place)

To register your place in the orchestra - or to sign someone else up, or register a team for the event - complete our quick and easy online form. Once signed up, you'll receive a Welcome Pack with all of the information you need to get started - including your music to get practicing!

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