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.