Hear and Now

Hear and Now is the Philharmonia Orchestra’s flagship major intergenerational community creative project based in the Queens Park area of Bedford, led by Artistic Director Tim Steiner. 

Hear and Now presents 'Lost and Found'

Exploring the theme of love and loss, 'Lost and Found' was the title of the lastest incarnation of the Hear and Now project. This film, produced by the Philharmonia Orchestra's award-winning Digital Department, follows the musical journeys of participants as they work towards a special performance culminating on the Royal Festival Hall stage in December 2015.

Hear and Now is a longstanding unique musical collaboration between the Tibbs Dementia Foundation’s Music 4 Memory, a singing group for people living with dementia and their carers, Fusion Youth Singing, a teenage vocal and instrumental group, and members of the Philharmonia Orchestra. Young and old instrumentalists from the North Bedfordshire Youth Chamber Orchestra and Da Capo String Ensemble – a group for learners/rusty returners – form the Hear and Now intergenerational orchestra. Comprising over 150 participants, this multi-layered project is unique in its quality, creativity, diversity, scale, and age-span.

The project:

  • allows participants to create and compose original music and words via discussion, reminiscence and creative workshops.
  • provides mentorship opportunities and peer-to-peer support
  • encourages sharing of experience and challenges stereotypes

Instrumentalists receive coaching from Philharmonia musicians, and play side-by-side with members of the Orchestra in performance. 


Hear and Now is co-produced with Orchestras Live and is presented in partnership with Fusion Youth Singing and the Tibbs Dementia Foundation’s Music 4 Memory.

The project is generously supported by:

  • The Assessment Network
  • Mrs BL Robinson’s Charitable Trust
  • The Steel Charitable Trust
  • The Wixamtree Trust.

The future of Hear and Now depends on continued fundraising; to find out how you can support, please click here.