Live Music Now Celebrates the Centenary of Yehudi Menuhin


In 2016, Live Music Now is hosting and partnering in a series of events celebrating the Centenary of the birth of its founder, legendary violinist, Yehudi Menuhin.  Part of Menuhin's legacy to the world was his vision that music can “comfort, heal and bring delight” and reach people "through every barrier, disability, language and circumstance”. Please join us to take this message further, and bring the unique benefits of music to those unable to access it, all around the UK and beyond.


12-13 April 2016 Live Music Now musicians joined Menuhin Competition semi-finalists to perform in hospital foyers across London.

"It is a source of joy to me that, even in these troubled and materialistic times, so many wonderful young musicians are inspired to use their gifts and accomplishments, not for their own glorification merely, but to communicate with others.'' LMN Founder, Yehudi Menuhin

Read more about the performances at the UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre here.


15-17 April 2016 Live Music Now International Conference at Kings Place - FREE

On the 16 April 2016, Live Music Now UK hosted the first international conference of its kind since 1999, bringing LMN musicians, managers and partners together to discuss Menuhin's legacy, in the year of his Centenary. We hope you will join us and help us continue to contribute to a wider body of evidence supporting the professional development of musicians in music outreach work in education and health settings. To view photos of the conference and see the complete event programme, please click here.

Yehudi Menuhin's vision inspired Live Music Now organisations around the world. Following Live Music Now's launch in the UK in London in 1977, founder Yehudi Menuhin extended the scheme to a number of European countries, including Germany, where the Munich branch was the first to be established in 1988. Austria and Switzerland followed, along with Live Music Now initiatives as part of organisations with wider remits in Chicago and Washington. Since his death, Live Music Now in the UK has helped support the start-ups of new branches in France, Denmark and the Netherlands, and inspired similar organisations in Bulgaria and Chile (Musica Para Todos)  Similarly, the Musical Connections programme at Carnegie Hall in New York has been inspired by Yehudi Menuhin's vision and ideals.


16 April 2016 Southbank Centre  - Free family concert with Jacquin Trio

LMN ensemble Jacquin Trio gave a free forty-five minute interactive famliy performance at the Southbank Centre's Festival Hall Foyer Space on 16 April 2016. Jacquin Trio's performance took place just before the Menuhin Violin Competition's Family Concert in Royal Festival Hall featuring Orpheus Sinfonia with conductor Thomas Carroll joined by contestants and a juror of the Menuhin Competition.


17 April 2016 Kings Place Concert – Live Music Now: A Celebration of Yehudi Menuhin                           

Hall One, 11.30am - 1pm. Online Price: £14.50 (incl. tea or coffee) | £9.50 Savers*

The great violinist and visionary Yehudi Menuhin founded Live Music Now in 1977 to bring music to people in challenging circumstances, and provide work for young musicians. To mark his centenary year, Zamira Menuhin-Benthall, LMN co-founder Ian Stoutzker and Clemency Burton-Hill introduced the concert with a discussion about Menuhin's vision and legacy.

Musicians included: Craig Ogden (guitar) and Miloš S. Milojevic (accordion); Laura Margaret Smith (mezzo-soprano) and Geoffrey Tanti (piano); the Sacconi Quartet’s Hannah Dawson (violin) and Cara Berridge (cello); Official Harpist to HRH the Prince Of Wales Anne Denholm; as well as alternative folk ensemble Tir Eolas.

To view photos of the event and see a complete concert programme, please click here.


22 & 23 April 2016 'The King, the Cat and the Fiddle' Premiere at St David's Hall in Cardiff

Join LMN Wales folk ensemble Calan for a very special interactive musical re-telling a this beautiful children's story, co-written by Yehudi Menhin alongside author Christopher Hope, with illustrations by Angela Barrett. Funded with the support of Arts Council Wales, the King, the Cat and the Fiddle will premiere at St David's Hall in Cardiff on the 22 April 2016 and a public family concert takes place on the 23 April. Tickets available through the St David's Hall website or by calling their box office on 029 2087 8444.
The King, the Cat and the Fiddle will be touring schools and festivals across the UK through Autumn 2016. For booking enquiries please email [email protected] or ring LMN Wales on 02920 554040.




Three recitals by Live Music Now Scotland ensembles, each concert featuring a piece of music commissioned by Live Music Now Scotland, in partnership with the Scottish Arts Club. Featuring Emily Mitchell (soprano) and Geoffrey Tanti (piano) on 22 April, Calum Robertson (clarinet) and Juiliette Philogene (piano) on 20 May and Wildlings trio featuring Sarah Hayes (flute/voice), Fiona MacAskill (fiddle) and Jennifer Austin (piano) on 17 June 2016. Click here for the event flyer.


22 April - 31 December 2016 Regional Showcases and Menuhin 100 Events

Across the UK, LMN venues will be hosting fundraising events and showcases to support Live Music Now musicians and the fantastic work Menuhin started nearly forty years ago. Click here to find out where events are happening near you. If your school, care home or community centre would like to host a Menuhin 100 event, please contact your relevant branch, or email [email protected]


28 November 2016  RSM Conference: Examining the utility of music interventions for children with learning difficulties  Organised by Live Music Now and The Royal Society of Medicine

Principal Sponsor: The Rayne Foundation
Academic Advisor: Prof A. Ockelford
Save the date for the second conference Live Music Now hosts in partnerships with the Royal Society of Medicine. For information on last year's conference, please click here.



About Live Music Now

Live Music Now was founded in 1977 by Yehudi Menuhin and our Chairman Ian Stoutzker CBE. It has since delivered over 60,000 workshops and interactive concerts, reaching over 2 million people. There are over 350 musicians on the scheme, who each receive regular support and training, based on the latest research about the impact of music. In the past year, we reached over 120,000 people in care homes, special schools, hospitals, community centres and in public, all around the UK. For more information email [email protected] or call 020 7104 2829.


Related events:

7 - 17 April 2016 Menuhin Competition London 2016

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Yehudi Menuhin’s birthday, the Menuhin Competition returns to London for the first time since 2004. International soloists and 44 of the world’s best young violinists will star in an 11-day festival of concerts and events for all ages from 7-17 April 2016. The competition is hosted by the Royal Academy of Music, presented in partnership with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Southbank Centre, The Yehudi Menuhin School and Classic FM and held in association with the Jewish Music Institute, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Live Music Now, the Orpheus Sinfonia and Temple Church. With a star-studded jury – many of them former prize winners – and a programme dedicated to Yehudi Menuhin, the Menuhin Competition London 2016 received over 300 entries from young violinists born after 17 April 1994. For more information and to buy tickets, visit their website here.


4 January - 30 November 2016 RAM Exhibition: Yehudi Menuhin Journeys with a violin

Based on the theme of journeys, a new exhibition at the Royal Academy of Music Museum traces Menuhin’s intellectual and geographical travels. It begins with the young violinist at seven years old, clad in shorts and performing in front of thousands. From this early era the displays explore musical scores annotated by his first teacher Louis Persinger, a childhood practice schedule, debut concert posters, and behind-the-scenes images with Menuhin’s dearest mentors and heroes, from Edward Elgar to George Enesco. Also in the exhibition is Menuhin’s violin case with its charismatic contents, which travelled with him to Berlin on the last journey he ever made. It is a poignant memorial to a much-loved musician. A specially commissioned short film can be viewed in the exhibition. This features archival footage alongside new interviews with friends, collaborators and protégés of Menuhin. Exhibition curated by Peter Sheppard Skærved (Viotti Lecturer in Performance Studies) and Joanna Tapp (Museum Curator). Find out more about the Royal Academy of Music's violin-focused events marking the centenary of Yehudi Menuhin’s birth on 22nd April 2016 here.