Transforming weapons into musical instruments to perform again at Glastonbury Abbey July 2013. Read more
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on April 15, 2013.
About this project
Since it was formed in 2009 the Post War Orchestra has attracted a lot of positive feedback. One reason for this is its underlying message of hope and optimism for the future. Simple, but, to many people, very powerful.
Certainly that was the reaction we had from the audience at Charles Hazlewood's Orchestra in a Field festival in Glastonbury (UK) last June. The Post War Orchestra went down really well, even though the musicians had spent only a few short days getting to grips with these strange instruments, and rehearsing.
Now Charles Hazlewood has invited us back to play at this year's Orchestra in a Field - and we're determined to do him and the festival-goers proud by putting on an even better show.
That means more new instruments made from recycled military equipment, more musicians, more time spent composing and rehearsing and, hopefully, a longer set - plus a studio-recorded 4 track EP of new PWO Music. But all this costs money.
So far we've funded the project ourselves, apart from seed funding from Surrey Arts - for which we're very grateful - but to take the Post War Orchestra to Glastonbury and perform at the next level, we need your help. Now.
We've already invested in the deactivated Maxim machine gun and other interesting paraphernalia, and have our eyes on other stuff as well. Now we need to convert these into instruments that look and sound stunning, and which will give our composers terrific scope to write music from different genres. This means that as well as using our own skills, we need to call in a few experts - but most of them have bills to pay and mouths to feed. So any help you can give us towards these costs will be greatly appreciated.
In return, we've put on our thinking caps and collaborated with as many artisans/musicians/designers as we can to devise a tasty list of rewards. So please, have a look now, and hopefully you'll find one that's irresistible for an amount of money that you're happy to contribute.
Thank you for your interest in this appeal. With your help, we hope to meet you as we perform in Glastonbury Abbey this July.
Risks and challenges
It is a real challenge building musical instruments from recycled military equipment which have the playability, sound quality and robustness for them to be used in a concert environment. But we've shown that we can successfully built Native American flutes from Lee Enfield rifle carcasses, a lyre from a steel helmet and field radio equipment, various percussive instruments from empty ammo boxes and cartridge cases, made a fickle, petulant theremin work with a deactivated RPG launcher and even made a kind of nail violin from a contemporary army helmet. And we've proved beyond doubt that we won't give up when faced with technical problems. Now the project is attracting the attention of some professional instrument builders as well - such collaborations should result in more musical instruments that look and sound superb.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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