Musical Chairs

Musical Chairs returns in November! Register your interest here 


How does Musical Chairs work?

Are you a musician who dreams of playing a different instrument? A flautist who always wanted to play the cello? Maybe you haven't played for years, and this is an excuse to dust off that old viola sitting under your bed, or perhaps you never even had the chance to play and would love the opportunity to take up an instrument for the first time. Whether professional musician or complete beginner, Musical Chairs is the event for you!

I don’t have an instrument! Can I still play?

Yes! We have a whole office full of instruments ready to be played. Just let us know what you’d like to try. Once you’ve picked your instrument, we’ll send you your music – specially arranged to cater for all skill levels – and some practice tips for you to get practicing. In the run-up to the event, we’re holding after work First Aid Clinics so you can meet some other budding musicians and get some help from our team on how best to prepare for the day.

What happens on the day?

You’ll work with members of our National Orchestra for All and our team of professional orchestral tutors to rehearse the pieces, before performing to friends and family at a performance at 4pm – followed by a well-earned drink!

Team building

Are you looking for a fun way to bring your staff together, all in aid of a good cause? Are you looking for a new challenge for you and your colleagues - and your boss? Sign up as a team for Musical Chairs and you’ll receive a Team First Aid Clinic in advance of the day to get your team ready to play together.

How do I take part?

2019 will be the fifth year of Musical Chairs. Each year, our fantastic participants have raised over £10,000 in sponsorship. Everything raised at Musical Chairs will be used to offer more opportunities to help enrich the lives of young musicians across the UK.

To register your interest in Musical Chairs 2019, fill in our online form, get in touch with the team at or give us a call on 0207 267 4141. In the meantime, check out the video below of special guest conductor Sue Perkins putting our 2016 Musical Chairs orchestra through their paces: