A Survey of the Contribution Made by Uk Orchestras to the Health and Well-being Sectors


Public Health




Objective: To provide a comprehensive picture of the contribution that orchestras currently make in the public health sector. Study design: An online survey of member orchestras of the Association of British Orchestras. Methods: Data gathered covered 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 well-being delivery plays in their business models, and finally, the impact of COVID-19 on orchestras’ current and future plans. Results: Approximately half of UK orchestras are engaged significantly in the area of health and well-being in all four UK nations and a wide range of healthcare settings. There is a strong appetite to develop this work among those orchestras not yet involved. At the same time, the extent of this work is not formally recognised or paid for by the healthcare sector. Conclusions: While there is considerable unevenness in the provision, it is clear that UK professional orchestras made a significant contribution to the health and well-being sectors in hospitals and other healthcare settings. There is scope for a greater contribution by orchestras to the healthcare sector, which will require more formal recognition of the value of this work. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2021 APA, all rights reserved)

Music and Health Institute Terms

Hospital Setting; Mental Health; Self-Report Measure; Wellness and Well-Being

Indexed Terms

UK orchestras; Social prescribing; Hospitals; Social care settings; Care settings; Mental health; COVID-19; Health Care Sector; Public Sector; Surveys and Questionnaires; United Kingdom; Musicians; Public Health; Well Being; Clinics; Health Care Services; Social Services

Study Type

Descriptive Analysis; Quantitative Methods

Document Type