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.
Hi there - Ok - Here's your first reward: You will receive a free download of the Video Single "Apples From Berlin" by Steampunk Pop Princess Ruby Fenn, guesting with the PWO - as well as 5 specially designed, digitally delivered wallpapers by renowned Graphic Artist Paul Sizer.
Your first chance to get Physical Product . . A Post War Orchestra wristband and our standard plectrum printed with the Roerich Peace Symbol.
Plus digital download package including PWO 3 track mp3 EP, Ruby Fenn's Video Single
and 5 Wallpapers designed by Paul Sizer.
Paul Sizer has designed a beautiful poster for the Orchestra - in two versions - and which you can now own. One is signed digitally by the PWO and their very special guest (see below) and one is clean - so you can print it out in any size, onto any material, and mount or frame to suit you. This digital bundle includes Hi Res poster, PWO mp3 EP, Ruby Fenn Video Single, Paul Sizer Wallpapers . . . as well as the wristband and a standard plectrum in the post.
Now you can add a unique 20 page e-book (digital delivery) with artwork, poetry, lyrics and previously unpublished photographs of the Post War Orchestra; and of course you will also receive all our previous digital rewards: PWO Hi Res poster by Paul Sizer (signed and unsigned) PWO mp3 EP, Ruby Fenn Video Single, and 5 Wallpapers . . . as well as the wristband and a standard plectrum sent to you in the post.
We are delighted to announce that Electronic Music Pioneer Thomas Dolby has agreed to collaborate on one track with the PWO, exclusively for this Kickstarter campaign; so we are offering a collector's edition, 4 track CD with video content. The CD EP will come with an 8 page booklet and the video features will include footage of Thomas Dolby and Bruce Woolley working together in the studio for the first time in 21 years! You will also receive all the following previous digital rewards: 20 Page ebook, Digital poster (x2), Ruby Fenn Video Single download, 5 Wallpapers delivered digitally . . . . plus when the post arrives it will contain the wristband, the standard PWO plectrum as well as this historic musical collaboration on enhanced CD.
Now, for £100 you can receive the special enhanced CD with Thomas Dolby and The PWO as described above - except that this copy is going to be personally signed (in ink) by Thomas himself and the rest of the PWO! Not only that, you will receive a fabulous PWO T-shirt, designed by Paul Sizer! Physical rewards continue with the wristband and the standard PWO plectrum (all in the post) while your digital bundle includes: Ruby Fenn's Video Single, 5 wallpapers, 2 x PWO Hi Res, printable poster (signed and unsigned), PWO mp3 EP, and our 20 Page ebook of art, lyrics, poetry and photographs.
Deluxe Plectrum / Pendant. As far as we know this is a first! Based in London's oldest working forge, at Kew Steam Engine Museum, blacksmith and jewellery-maker Shelley Thomas will melt down spent bullets and fashion them into a Very Important Plectrum/Pendant. The Roerich Peace symbol will be embossed on one side and the other side will be engraved with your name. A small hole will allow you to wear this with a chain or you can use it to play Jimi Hendrix solos! On top of that, we are going to present you with the 20 page Art book in a physical format - to treasure forever. It will be in hardback and measure 7" x 7". Naturally, when you donate £250, you will also receive the signed video CD featuring Thomas Dolby, the Paul Sizer T-shirt, the wristband and a standard plectrum - all delivered by the postman. In addition, your digital bundle will include Ruby Fenn's Video Single, one signed and one unsigned PWO poster for printing, PWO mp3 EP, 5 Wallpapers and the 20 page ebook.
Here's a chance for some VIP action when you pledge £1000. You will receive 2 x 1 day Ambassador tickets to the Orchestra in a Field to see the Post War Orchestra, at Glastonbury Abbey on either July 20th or 21st 2013. This includes 'Fastrack Entry' (no queuing) Complimentary Hospitality, covered seating all day for the main stage, guaranteed front row seats for the PWO performance, plus a photo opportunity with the band. (Tickets will be posted to you in July) And of course you will receive the following rewards by post: Deluxe Plectrum made from recycled bullets, 20 page hardcover Artbook, enhanced CD featuring Thomas Dolby with the PWO, T-shirt, wristband and standard Roerich plectrum. Plus your digital rewards will include Ruby Fenn's video Single, PWO 3 track mp3 EP, 2 x Paul Sizer posters, 5 Wallpapers and a 20 page digital Artbook. Thanks for looking!