Musical Chairs 2019

Musical Chairs 2019



  • £20K Target
  • £21.9K Raised
  • 325 Donors
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Join us for a very special fifth anniversary Musical Chairs - our biggest event yet coming to you in the beautiful surroundings of Westminster School in the heart of London.

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!

On Saturday 16 November 2019, Orchestras for All offers you the chance to come and play in a real-life symphony orchestra for a day. You'll spend a day rehearsing with our team of professional music tutors, with support from young members of our innovative National Orchestra for All, before performing pieces from our recent WordPlay season. Repertoire includes Verdi's Anvil Chorus and a rousing Ghanaian song A Keelie Makolay, and is specially arranged to cater for all skill levels - whether you're a complete beginner or virtuoso. We are also delighted to be joined by special guest conductor, the world renowned Sian Edwards, who will be putting the orchestra through its paces later in the day.

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.

Can I bring a team of my colleagues?

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, and this year’s event is going to be bigger than ever before! Each year, our fantastic participants have raised over £10,000 in sponsorship - and we ask those taking part to aim to raise £300 from friends, family and colleagues. Every penny raised at Musical Chairs will be used to offer more opportunities to help enrich the lives of young musicians across the UK.

To sign up for 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: