About this project
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At our 'The Snowman' Concert we found that many families had never seen an orchestra before, with some of the children (and adults!) having no idea what some of the instruments were. We did an impromptu introduction to musical instruments which went down a storm!
This year, we thought it would be great to have our own modern composition and we are extremely lucky and fabulously excited that John Altman has agreed to help us!
£14.500 may seem a lot for a new piece of music, but actually only 55% will go on the composition fee - rewards, fees and taxes account for the remainder. So please pledge today, get yourself a fabulous reward like #4 (2 hours of John's music for only £18, $29.50), and give our community, amateur, orchestra the chance to work with a major Hollywood talent!
And help us educate a generation brought up on MTV, YouTube, game and film music about musical instruments and how they work together within an orchestra.
In two short years The People's Orchestra has come a long way. In September 2012 we had a handful of players, now The People's Orchestra shares the stage with some of The Midlands greatest musical talent at 'The Pride of Birmingham Awards' and launches its first Kickstarter – breathless progress for a community, amateur, orchestra.
The People's Orchestra plays primarily film music, has over 65 musicians on its books, aged 15-71, and welcomes amateur players of Grade 7 standard and above. By being flexible on the number of musicians and the quantity of each instrument, every performance is unique and offers a different experience for players and audiences alike.
John Altman, a stalwart of the film and music industry, has agreed to compose this piece for The People's Orchestra. Our players are understandably extremely excited about working with John, who will also rehearse and conduct the piece at the premiere!
Here are a few of the people and projects that John has been involved with:-
The Reagans; RKO 281, a mini-series for which John won an Emmy; Jimi Hendrix; Little Voice; Bob Marley; Diana Ross; Bjork; George Michael; Van Morrison; Titanic; The Rutles; Peak Practice; Monty Python's - Life of Brian; Rod Stewart; GoldenEye; Tina Turner & Barry White.
We have a range of rewards from a 'Thank You Screensaver' to a 'Pop-up Orchestra' - feel free to email individual questions.
- #1 A Thank You Screensaver
- #2 Musical Thank You Video
- #3 Sneak Preview of the New Piece plus #1 & #2
- #4 Digital Download of 2 hours of John's Music
- #5 Naming Webinar - Chat to John about the Creative Process
- #6 & #7 Personalised 'First Edition' Score
- #8 & #9 The Premiere - Malvern, Sunday 7th December
- #11 Celebrity Dinner - dinner with John Altman
- #12 Pop-up Orchestra - Get the Orchestra at your event
Article in the Sunday Mercury:-
And click here for a ten minute interview with John & Andy on BBC Radio WM http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p026bpb2 Starting at 2 hours 35 minutes.
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The People's Orchestra is a registered charity run primarily by a team of volunteers. These are some of the key people of have worked on this project:
Much thought has gone into the viability of the project - we need to pay for the composition and for the rewards; and obviously Kickstarter and the UK Government take their share as well!
We are very ambitious and think that this a fantastic project, so we have 3 stretch goals planned - more will be revealed when we get close to our first target, but rest assured all pledges over £18 will receive something extra from the first 2 stretch goals (for no additional money!)
Credit where credit is due! Many Thanks
Music featured in the video:
- ‘It’s Oh So Quiet’ covered by Bjőrk, arranged by John Altman, One Little Indian (1995)
- ‘Always Look On the Bright Side of Life’ from 'Life of Brian' by Eric Idle, arranged by John Altman, HandMade Films (1979)
Town Train’ covered by Rod Stewart, arranged by John Altman,
Warner Bros. Records (1989)
- ‘Kissing a Fool’ by George Michael, arranged by John Altman, Columbia Records (1988)
Va Voom’, Renault Clio TV advert featuring Thierry Henry, composed
and arranged by John Altman (2003)
- ‘Nearer My God to Thee (“Bethany” version) – from ‘Titanic’, arranged by John Altman, Twentieth Century Fox/ Paramount Pictures (1997)
- Music from Tank Chase Sequence in ‘GoldenEye’, composed and arranged by John Altman, Eon Productions (1995)
- ‘The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’, composed by Edward Benjamin Britten
- ‘(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life’ from ‘Dirty Dancing’, composed by Franke Previte, Vestron Pictures (1987)
- ‘He’s a Pirate’ from ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ composed by Klaus Badelt, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2003)
Risks and challenges
The timescales look tight for writing a composition, but given that John wrote the music to the tank chase scene in James Bond's "GoldenEye" in 24 hours, that doesn't seem to be a huge problem.
Apart from that, most of the other rewards are ready for emailing and our suppliers are completely confident in producing the scores, on time, to a high standard.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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