Case studies

Case study: Diversifying repertoire with the Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra

Sophie Anderson, Publicity Officer of Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) tells us how the orchestra has managed to successfully diversify its repertoire.


Formed in 1945, the SPO is Sheffield’s oldest leisure-time orchestra, with over 80 members from across the Sheffield city region and beyond. We endeavour to present high-quality, well-attended concerts that engage regular concert-goers, and actively seek to increase exposure to classical music by working with the local community.

Webinar: INCLUDE programme launch

In this recording of our webinar (original event 25 September 2023), Making Music launched INCLUDE, our 18-month inclusion programme where we will work with four member groups to explore what leisure-time music groups can do to include more people, from a more diverse demographic, in their regular activities.

Case study: Growing your membership with the Llysfaen Singers

Joanna Burdett, chair of Llysfaen Singers, tells us how, by making small changes over time, the choir have managed to successfully grow their membership.

Increasing the income stream: an OTR case study

Dr Alice Carter, treasurer of Henley Symphony Orchestra, explains how claiming Orchestra Tax Relief (OTR) has bridged the income gap in difficult financial times

Why did your group decide to claim OTR?

The financial benefit is substantial. This has kept us afloat through some very challenging times. We lost a major sponsor a few years ago and OTR has kept us going!

Case study: Building stronger community connections with Barnes Concert Band

Andrea Lee, chair of Barnes Concert Band, tells us how connecting with other music groups and organisations within their local community has led to a year of incredible collaborations and exciting performances. They share valuable lessons gained along the way for other groups seeking to deepen their community ties.  

Modernising the way music groups are run: MM Platform case study

How Basingstoke Ladies' Choir transformed their communication and strengthened their community — Hazel Green shares their experience. 

How did you manage the group before?

Our group had a very limited website, which made members feel a little distant from the choir; it wasn’t easy to use or edit and felt uninspiring, containing only three back-end sections.

Case study: Organising tours with Birmingham Festival Choral Society

Tim Davis of Birmingham Festival Choral Society tells us how his group go about organising their own tours. 

Tell us a little bit about your group

Birmingham Festival Choral Society is a friendly and enthusiastic SATB choir of around 110 members. We sing a wide variety of the world's best choral music! We perform regularly in Birmingham, sometimes elsewhere in the UK and every three years we organise a tour to Europe. 

Case study: Putting on a COVID-secure performance - Churchill Music

We hear from groups about how they have managed to put on risk-assessed, COVID-secure performances for their audiences.

Case studies: Group activity during Covid

The pandemic has thrown all kinds of challenges in the way of group music making. However, our member groups have found ways to rehearse or safely put on performances whether entirely online, in person, or a combination of both - all while managing to mitigate the risks of Covid infection. Read about how they have done this in their own words.

Case study: Collaborating with other groups to put on a virtual concert

Jennifer Bonsell from Aberdeen Chamber Music Concerts explains how her group collaborated with other local concert societies to share the work of putting on a virtual concert for their members.