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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Live Music Now launches Libor concerts

10:17, 14th June 2017

Live Music Now is to provide 700 interactive concerts across the UK for veterans of the armed forces and their dependents in a bid to combat isolation and loneliness, the charity has announced.

Funded by the Chancellor using Libor funds, each interactive singing and live music event will include a concert and also some visits to individuals confined to their rooms.

The events will be spread across the four English regions, and in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland (with 100 in each area). They will take place in care homes and communities in which veterans of the armed forces or their dependents are resident.

The project harks back to the roots of Live Music Now: the charity was co-founded by Yehudi Menuhin following the violinist’s performances to wounded soldiers and to survivors of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp after World War II.

Now in its 40th year, Live Music Now has delivered over 70,000 workshops and interactive concerts, reaching over 2.5 million people. There are over 350 musicians on the scheme, each of whom receives regular support and training. In the past year, the charity has reached over 120,000 people in care homes, special schools, hospitals, community centres and in public through events across the UK.

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