Transforming Communities

Our Story

“Music…is the language which penetrates most deeply into the human spirit…”

– Yehudi Menuhin, Founder of Live Music Now

For over forty five years, Live Music Now has worked alongside those with reduced access to live music, in care homes, schools, hospitals, hospices and community settings across the UK. Our approach to live performance is one of collaboration: listening to the staff and participants to craft engaging concerts and residencies in a range of genres.

Over 250 professional musicians underpin everything we do at Live Music Now, and we support them on every step of the journey. Our training and mentoring programmes encourage them to become flexible facilitators and communicators, providing them with skills they can use throughout their careers.

Live Music Now’s approach, research and expertise has developed since 1977, realising the vision of its founders, legendary violinist Sir Yehudi Menuhin and Live Music Now Founder-President Sir Ian Stoutzker.

The impact and feedback received from participants and staff in the forty years we’ve been in operation has demonstrated the value of our work.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, we moved our work online, and are now able to offer both digital and in-person performances, enabling us to reach even more people with our participatory concerts.