Orchestras in Healthcare #2 explores the contribution that orchestras (including those integrated in opera companies) currently make in the public health sector in the UK. This report presents findings from the second UK-wide Orchestras in Healthcare survey (the first survey was undertaken in 2020).

Orchestras in Healthcare #2 draws on responses to a 2023 survey from ABO member orchestras and opera companies across all four UK nations. Findings focus on geographical, financial and musical aspects, the type of healthcare settings in which the work takes place, orchestras’ motivation for their involvement in the healthcare sector, the role health and wellbeing delivery plays in their business models, the significance of this work for musicians, and a review of recent and current evaluation and research.

Key findings indicate a 68% increase in average funding per orchestra for healthcare initiatives, with 24% newly sourced from avenues such as co-investment from NHS charities. Healthcare activities contribute, on average, 32% to orchestras’ income in the broader learning and participation category, underscoring a robust business case.

Association of British Orchestras, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, Orchestras Live, University Hospital of Derby & Burton NHS Foundation Trust


Acute Hospital, Arts and health, Community Health, Mental Health



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