Swindon musical trailblazer Shaun Buswell is a long-time friend to Song’s of Praise, both as a performer and as a supporter of our efforts. It has always been a pleasure for us to host the Swindon leg of whatever tour he is on, or to put on ad hoc and random shows for whatever musical guise he is adopting at the time. We describe him as a trailblazer, for Shaun doesn’t like to do things the way normal people would, he prefers to issue himself a challenge, ensure there are a strict set of rules to govern the venture, then attempt to overcome his own hurdles.
Shaun & his musical buddy Erik Nyberg are set to take their latest musical challenge on tour in 10 different locations across England & Scotland. They’ve completed challenges to create pop-up orchestras at Glastonbury Festival, Edinburgh Festival, for Decca records and even formed a 70-piece orchestra from musicians met on the London Underground. This time round they will be attempting to create pop-up orchestras from random strangers around the UK, getting them to play a mix of popular TV/movie themes & original music, as well as performing with local special guests & bands. To complete the challenge they have to play with 150 different musicians over the 10 days.
Each show will see Shaun deliver a hilarious and heartbreaking interactive presentation about the kindness of strangers, that’s a mix between a comedy talk and a motivational speech, followed by a live musical performance from a local special guest. The night culminates with the results of their hard work – a special pop-up orchestra concert at the end of each show, from various musicians they’ve gathered from the local area. In true interactive style, members of the audience choose the songs performed by spinning a wheel at random, making each night truly unique. The finale is the special guest joining the orchestra for an exclusive orchestral rendition of one of their songs.
We host the Swindon leg of the tour at the Art’s Centre in Old Town on June 9th, a show with a rather impressive supporting line up including Gaz Brookfield, AJ and spinning some vinyl the legend that is Bobby The Persuader.
Now not only are we after an audience as per normal (tickets are £8.00 adv with £2 off for groups 10+, NHS & Emergency Services from http://tinyurl.com/swindon10day) we are also after musicians to play. So, any sight reading orchestral musicians out there wanting to get involved with this fantastic night, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get your name down.