Transforming Communities

It’s our Birthday! Celebrating 45 years of Social Impact through Music

“Music, amongst all the great arts, is the language which penetrates most deeply into the human spirit…so that it might comfort, heal and bring delight.”
Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Live Music Now Founder

This May, Live Music Now celebrates forty-five years of social impact through music. From 12-29 May, and centred around our birthday on 25 May, we will be sharing real-life stories of the transformative power of live music from our musicians and the people we work with across England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

As part of our Birthday celebrations, Live Music Now will be featured in a BBC Radio 4 Appeal, presented by broadcaster, writer and violin student of Sir Menuhin, Clemency Burton-Hill. Tune in to BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 22nd May (at 07:54 and 21:25) and Thursday 26 May at 15:27.

Keep an eye on our social media accounts and join us in celebration by sharing your own stories. #LiveMusicNow45

Donate to our birthday appeal (and share your birthday wishes) here.




Sir Yehudi Menuhin at the launch of Live Music Now, London May 1977


Live Music Now’s very first audition panel at Wigmore Hall in 1977. Panel members included (from Front Left to Right) Mr Felix Cobbson, Mr John Shirley-Quirk, Mr Gerald Moore, Yehudi Menuhin and Dame Eva Turner.
Founder-Chairman Sir Ian Stoutzker, Sir Yehudi Menuhin and HRH Prince Charles at the Live Music Now 20th Anniversary Concert, The Barbican, 1997





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