About Us

What we do & why

Street Orchestra Live (SOL) exists to take orchestral music out of the concert hall and into the community. We believe access to live music is a vital and enriching part of life and everyone has an equal right to its benefits. We visit open access spaces such as shopping centres, parks and hospitals, and closed spaces like nursing homes, prisons and schools.

Everyone in SOL believes passionately that music, especially so-called classical music, should not be exclusive but available to anyone that would like to listen. We offer our concerts with an open hand for listeners to take from it what they wish or what they need. Some dance. Some sing along. Some take inspiration. Many people tell us how uplifted they feel watching and listening to us. Check out our testimonials (right).

Our players come from across the UK, and many are at music college or study music at university. Some are now activity pursuing careers as freelance musicians, and some simply enjoying playing in their free time. Players can also develop other skills by presenting concerts, arranging music for the orchestra, or trying out their improvisation skills.

In Parks
In Train Stations
In Town Centres
In Nursing Homes

“Just ridiculously amazing. I’d watch this any day of the week! So talented. Thanks for an hour of beautiful music, fun and surprises.”​

via twitter


Over 8 weekend tours and 4 full tours. 


Excluding flash mob performances. 

1 k

Total of estimates taken at performances & flash mobs. 

To date (June 2019) SOL has commissioned new works from 7 student and early-career composers, and a work by Sally Beamish. 10 of our players have also contributed new arrangements to our library.

British Airways i360
Transport for London
Royal Borough of Greenwich
Nightingale Nursing Home

SOL has worked with local authorities across the country, as well as organisations in the public and private sectors, such as train stations, Transport for London,  hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, prisons and schools & colleges. Take a look at our previous tours & projects.  

SOL is run by a small team of four freelancers who take care of the fundraising, planning, PR, and artistic development of the orchestra. And as a charity we have a board of trustees who oversee our work and finances. If you’d like to get in touch please email: info@streetorchesta.co.uk 


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