New music inspired by High Streets and created by local people to premiere this summer

Professional musicians will be working with local community groups in locations across England to create musical compositions inspired by the high street, thanks to a new Historic England and Live Music Now project. Public performances of the new piece will take place between 10-17 July. By harnessing the connective power of music, the project seeks to […]

Songwriting in Medway with Age UK

We’re excited to present “From the Dockyard to Chatham High Street”, a beautiful song written and composed by Medway residents and Live Music Now musicians in April 2022. From February to April 2022, Live Music Now musicians, Thomas Harvey and Zoë Wren worked with local residents and Age UK Medway service users to write a […]

Your birthday wishes for Live Music Now

We’re so touched to see all your birthday wishes coming through on social media. We see you all – from musicians to care homes and from schools to participants. We’re feeling very celebrated, so thank you to everyone who’s wished us well on our journey of creating social impact through music. We love hearing your […]

Clemency Burton-Hill presents Live Music Now during BBC Radio 4 Appeal

On Sunday 22 May, Clemency Burton-Hill will take to the airwaves to present the work of Live Music Now to the nation during the BBC Radio 4 Appeal, a weekly programme highlighting the work of a charity and appealing for donations. Clemency, herself a violinist, broadcaster and journalist, will celebrate the transformative power of live […]

Patés & Puds at Hovingham Hall

On Tuesday 17th May, the Yorkshire & Lincolnshire Advisory Committee hosted a “Paté & Puds” fundraising event, as part of the celebrations for Live Music Now’s 45th birthday. Hosted at the beautiful Hovingham Hall in North Yorkshire, sixty guests and committee members watched a performance by Live Music Now guitarist Sam Rodwell. Live Music Now’s […]

Alan leads care home scatting session to “All of Me”

As we celebrate the 45th birthday of our charity, we’re looking at some of our most uplifting moments through music. Alan moved to this care home a year and a half ago following a large bleed to his brain. He was left with aphasia, which affects his speech and he has difficulties with communication. Alan […]

Live Music Now musicians tour Memory Cafés in Devon

For people living with dementia, and their carers, the past two years have been particularly difficult. Isolation from family and friends, the absence of usual routines, and the health implications of Covid-19 have often led to heightened anxiety and confusion. Live Music Now’s regular work with memory cafes* across Devon was paused in March 2020, […]

Care Services: Tell us your thoughts – and win a concert!

Live Music Now is asking care service professionals and activity providers to help further develop the LMN musicians’ training programme* by sharing their knowledge and experience in this survey. Live Music Now supports the musical lives of people in care homes by connecting musicians with the people who live and work in them. This includes […]

Why LGBT+ Music History Matters by LMN musician Kirsten Miller

I’m a proud “friend of Ethel”! What is she talking about, you might ask. Well, in times gone by, the phrase “friend of Dorothy” – nudge nudge, wink wink – was commonly used amongst gay men to surreptitiously identify themselves as gay. So, a musician friend and I came up with “friend of Ethel” as […]

‘It was Braziliant!’ Musical Mondays Launch in Wales’ Primaries

Live Music Now is expanding its’ reach into schools by bringing the popular “Musical Mondays” programme to pupils in primary schools across Wales. First established in South West England, “Musical Mondays” are a specially curated programme of diverse musical performances from world-class Live Music Now musicians across the UK, streamed direct to school classrooms via […]

Thriving Through Music at Combe Pafford School, Torquay

It takes little more than a cursory glance at the papers to know what a difficult time schools have experienced over the past two years. From lockdowns and home learning to the constant disruptions caused by illness and self-isolation, pupils have faced many challenges and teachers have worked harder than ever to minimise the impact […]