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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!

John Altman and the late Amy Winehouse
John Altman and the late Amy Winehouse

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.

Article in the Birmingham Post - Click the logo
Article in the Birmingham Post - Click the logo

 And please Support these Bloggers:-

Art of Jazz Blog
Art of Jazz Blog
Mr Rumsey's Film Related Musings
Mr Rumsey's Film Related Musings

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)
  • ‘Down 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 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

Orchestra performs:

  • ‘(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.

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    Pledge £2 or more About $3.27

    #1 THANK YOU - Our gratitude and a 'Thank You Screensaver'. £2, $3.30

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    #2 MUSICAL THANK YOU - A personalised musical 'Thank You' video from one (or more) of the orchestra members. £7, $11.50

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    #3 SNEAK PREVIEW - A 60 second sneak preview digital download of the new piece, plus rewards #1 & #2. £9, $15

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    #4 DIGITAL DOWNLOADS - 2 digital downloads of John's music - an hour of John's film music and an hour of his musical collaborations. £18, $29.50

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    #5 NAMING WEBINAR - Your chance to learn about the creative process by joining a one-hour webinar with the composer, as John discusses his inspiration for the piece and revealing the actual title. £35, $57.50

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    Pledge £50 or more About $82

    #6 Early Bird Special, PERSONALISED SCORE - only available for the first 72 hours. A personalised, signed copy, of the 'first edition' - printed and bound - a great keepsake and fantastic Christmas present idea! £50, $82.50

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    Pledge £70 or more About $114

    #7 PERSONALISED SCORE - Sorry if you missed the early bird, but this will still make a great Christmas present - your personalised, signed copy, of the 'first edition' - printed and bound - a great keepsake! £70, $115

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    #8 THE PREMIERE - Be our guest at 'The Snowman' concert, meet John Altman at a special reception and enjoy seeing [Working Title] performed for the first time!

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    #9 PREMIERE for 2 - As Reward #8, but be our guest and bring a friend.

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    #11 CELEBRITY DINNER - Come and have dinner with John Altman - enjoy fine food and drink and convivial company at a top London restaurant. There may even be another celebrity guest! Date to be agreed when convenient to all.

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    #12 POP-UP ORCHESTRA - Got a special celebration coming up in 2015? Then this is your chance to have the orchestra play at your event. We play primarily film music, but have a huge range of repertoire to suit - from "Pirates of the Caribbean" to "James Bond"; from "Lord of the Rings" to "Dambusters"; and from "Waltzs" to "Rock 'n' Roll".

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