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Hear and Now: Collection

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A couple watch a small boy play with a red ballon at the Hear and Now culmination performance, 2019


Tim Steiner – artistic director, composer
Jessie Rodger – filmmaker
Robin O’Neill – conductor


Hear and Now participant groups:
Tibbs Dementia Foundation’s Music 4 Memory
Fusion Youth Singing
Leicester Musical Memory Box
De Montfort University
Members of the Philharmonia Orchestra

Join Philharmonia musicians and the young and old participants of our trailblazing intergenerational project Hear and Now, as they come together for a remarkable one-off online performance.

For the last 12 years, Hear and Now has pioneered intergenerational creative work as a way of bringing together and supporting adults with dementia and their carers, and young people from our residencies of Bedford and Leicester.

Together with Philharmonia musicians, they share their memories and stories in creative workshops to collaborate on a unique new filmed musical work celebrating human connection through a collective online experience.

When Covid struck in spring 2020, Hear and Now became one of the UK’s first orchestral community projects to successfully relaunch, developing new online workshop models to enable all our participants to continue to sing, laugh and share stories in our warm social setting during this challenging year.

This moving performance film, produced with Orchestras Live, is the result of our workshops, devised by all the participants under the leadership of Artistic Director Tim Steiner and filmmaker Jessie Rodger.

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Prices & Discounts

Free to watch

Hear and Now is free to watch

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Running time

The performance lasts around 20 minutes

Is this a live performance?

No, this is a composite performance of home recordings by the participants with musical backing performed by the Philharmonia in St John’s Smith Square

Was it produced safely?

Yes. We are working with independent health and safety experts and have robust risk assessment procedures in place drawing from Public Health England advice


Where to watch

It will premiere on the Philharmonia’s YouTube channel at 7pm on Thursday 22 April

Before the film premiere

screenshot from film Hear and Now: Collection

Hear and Now: Welcome and Q&A

Free online panel discussion and Q&A between the partners and collaborators of the Philharmonia’s Hear and Now intergenerational project, and players and staff from the Orchestra.



Trailer - Hear and Now: Collection

Watch a trailer for our full film

Hear and Now is supported by:

This project is supported through funding from the Cultural Recovery Fund

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