Association of British Orchestras

Music and Health

British orchestras have been working in a variety of health settings for over 25 years, these range from work in hospitals, hospital schools and hospices, to care homes, adult day centres, stroke rehabilitation, adults and young people’s mental health services and work with people living with dementia.

The ABO’s Music & Health working group is a collection of orchestras and music organisations who have come together to share experience and information, to work with academic colleagues towards a shared language for the evaluation and value of this work, to raise profile, to develop the workforce and to encourage and inspire others.

Download an overview of activity. This document will be updated regularly.

Related information

Orchestras in Healthcare (2021)

Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing

Partnerships for Recovery Musicians in Residence (2008-2017)

Bingo to Bartok: Creative and Innovative Approaches to involving older people with Orchestras

Annual Conference

The next ABO conference will take place in Glasgow from 9 – 11 February 2022.