Tinderbox and Frontiers Showcase at the Festival Theatre 2015

On the 31st March 2015 a group of VERY excited young musicians slowly started dripping in to the bright and airy Foyer of Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre to begin the set up for the gig to celebrate the end of the second term of this new youth Orchestra Project.

Though the gig had been planned since the beginning of term this was only going to be the second time that all of the workshops come together and were able to play the tunes they had been working on together. So before the kick off at 6 o’clock we decided to have one last run through before the masses began to arrive…and masses is no exaggeration!

Before everyone even got to catch their breath after the final song of rehearsals the crowds already begun to make their way to their seats. Unable to contain the hoards we decided to let the show roll…Within minutes the venue was at full capacity and musicians had forgotten all nerves and were more concerned with actually being able to make their way to the stage through the packed audience.

Here is how the experience was summarised by one of our young guitarists, Oscar:

‘The Frontiers Orchestra is one of the most fun experiences I have ever had in my life.  We all compose our own little pieces and put them together to make really cool songs. We have people who do electronic music and a live band which mash up really well together, and Mike conducts the whole thing. At the end of the first term we played a gig at the Festival Theatre, we were the last act so it was about 2 hours or so till Frontiers played, it was a really crazy for me because my guitar strap snapped half way through which was really funny.  There were about 50 or 60 of us on stage and about 200 or 300 people in the audience.  If you are given the chance to join the frontiers orchestra then please do.’

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