Musical Chairs

Musical Chairs is back for 2019! 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!

Once you’ve picked your instrument, we’ll send you your music – specially arranged to cater for all abilities – 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.

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!

Orchestras for All exists to unlock access to the life-changing experience of ensemble music-making for 11-18 years olds with complex lives. Playing in an orchestra has proven benefits, allowing young people to develop key social skills. All of the money you raise at Musical Chairs will be used to offer opportunities to help enrich the lives of young musicians across the country. 

How do I take part?

Musical Chairs 2018 took place on Saturday 24 February, raising over £11,000 in aid of our work with young musicians with complex lives. To register your interest in next year's event, 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: