Crisis Creates

Crisis Creates uses the music and arts industry expertise of the London Philharmonic Orchestra to offer creative performance opportunities and training to adults who have experienced or are at risk of homelessness. Working with national homelessness charity Crisis UK since 2011, Crisis Creates aims to enhance participants’ wellbeing and confidence through self-expression, learning skills and putting them into practice. Participants can take part in Crisis Creates by choosing one of two pathways: Creative Performance or Behind the Scenes.

Creative Performance

Each year, we work on an intensive creative project in which Crisis members devise music and lyrics with LPO musicians and workshop leaders, inspired by the Orchestra’s repertoire. The group then performs their work at a free public concert at London’s Southbank Centre, where they can invite friends and family, and attend an LPO concert later in the evening. The Crisis performance is professionally filmed so that participants have a record of their creation. The creative performance project offers a safe space for participants to express themselves, work together and create a high-quality performance that brings a sense of social togetherness, pride and achievement.

Behind the Scenes

This pathway of Crisis Creates focuses on the front-of-house skills involved in presenting concerts and other public events. Participants who take part in Behind the Scenes attend training sessions on transferable skills such as customer service, teamwork and organisation, led by expert professionals in the arts industry. Participants then put these skills into practice at public-facing LPO events, such as the Crisis Creates Performance, and OrchLab Festival Day. Small cohort sizes mean that training and support can be tailored to the needs of individual participants, supporting them to build transferable skills and demonstrable front-of-house experience.

Crisis Creates is generously supported by JTI