Live Music Now is a charitable organisation, founded in 1977 by the late Yehudi Menuhin:
- To bring the joy and inspiration of live music to people in our communities who have limited access and
- To support the professional development of outstanding young musicians at the outset of their careers
Live Music Now works with disadvantaged groups who have little or no opportunity to experience the transforming power of music in their lives. The people that they work with and perform for are older people, in failing health, often socially isolated and with dementia; children and adults with learning, physical and communication difficulties; pre-school children and disaffected young offenders within the justice system who need to turn their lives around.
The highly talented young professional musicians have all been specially auditioned and are selected not only for their outstanding musical skills but also for their exceptional abilities to engage with people of all ages and backgrounds. They come from a wide range of musical genres – classical, traditional, jazz, world, rock and pop, and are all trained and mentored by Live Music Now to fulfil their potential in sharing their passion for live music with their diverse audiences. This is a unique opportunity giving invaluable experience and support to musicians on the brink of their professional careers and Live Music Now are proud to see many of their alumni on the international concert stages of the world! Links with sister organisations in Europe, led by Live Music Now Scotland, extend their audiences and professional development role internationally.
With 35 years of experience, Live Music Now has built up a deep understanding of how interactive performances in familiar environments can stimulate and invigorate a wide range of audiences. The benefits are far-reaching and long lasting, whether social, emotional or educational; learning new skills and how to participate; and leading to improved well-being, mental and physical health.