Transforming Communities

We’re hiring! Projects and Marketing Apprentice, Live Music Now (North)

Earn your degree whilst working in a rewarding job. Every day will be different. Every day will have an impact. Want to develop a career in the arts and charity sector? Join our team and earn a qualification with no tuition fees to pay and gain paid work experience at the same time! We’re looking […]

Songwriting retreat for Live Music Now Wales musicians

Live Music Now musicians in Wales have been on their first creative retreat, in the glorious surrounds of sunny Somerset. Between 20th-22nd September 2021, five musicians took a wellness break with a focus on developing songwriting skills thanks to funding from Arts Council Wales‘ second round of the Cultural Recovery Fund. As well as creative […]

Live Music Now & Alder Hey round off 18-month Music as Medicine project

Music as Medicine, the latest project between Live Music Now and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, has recently come to an end. Over the past year-and-a-half, Live Music Now musicians worked with 55 long-term patients to improve their quality of life and musical skills during their stay in hospital. The programme comprised six musicians, three of […]

Arts in Care Homes Day – Live Music Now Broadcast

Live Music Now is working in collaboration with the National Activity Providers Association (NAPA) to celebrate the National Day of Arts in Care Homes (AICH) with a broadcast of music from around the UK for an afternoon of Western classical, folk and traditional music. This year, the national celebration takes place on Friday 24 September. […]

Postcode Local Trust support for Live Music Now South West

The past 18 months have brought numerous challenges, but as Live Music Now has adapted its work and found new ways of engaging audiences – online and outdoors, with individuals and with large groups – we have also been able to see new opportunities.   In the South West, we have launched new projects which we […]

Alumni interview with Paul Carey Jones

Live Music Now artist and singer Mimi Doulton interviews Live Music Now alumnus, the bass-baritone Paul Carey Jones about his time on the scheme, returning to work after the pandemic, and his new book ‘Giving it Away’. Mimi: Tell me about your time with Live Music Now. Paul: I joined the scheme towards the end […]

Unlocking Welsh Heritage with Live Music Now

When the pandemic hit in March 2020 one of the biggest impacts on society was an overwhelming sense of disconnection from community and culture, leaving an already isolated society feeling more alone than ever. In some parts of the country local lockdowns followed national lockdowns and wellbeing plummeted alongside the enforced isolation. Since Winter 2020, […]

Kirsten Miller: A Musician’s Life in Pandemic

It was Saturday 13th March 2020 and I’d squeezed into a car with one violist, two violinists, and four string instruments, heading from Cardiff to Cornwall for a wedding ceremony. A typical Saturday! We wore red, which was unusual, but a request from the brides. This turned out to be my last gig before lockdown. […]

Mimi Doulton: A Musician’s Life in Pandemic

Classical soprano, Mimi Doulton, joined Live Music Now’s South East branch in late 2019. She writes about her Covid-19 experience in her pandemic diary entry below. Mimi Doulton as Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, with Gareth Edmunds, March 2019 (c) Robert Workman & Lapak in The Cunning Little Vixen, with Caroline Taylor, March 2020 Early […]

Safe return to in-person music sessions in schools during Covid-19

Live Music Now (LMN) has resumed delivery of music sessions in schools.  Our musicians comply with school protocol for visitors and follow LMN’s current risk assessment. Further music education and Covid-19 guidance, literature reviews and risk assessments for schools is available here. Guidance for schools hosting LMN sessions as a PDF. Download the Northern Ireland guidance […]