Hidden Door + 'The Spontaneous Orchestra' Tinderbox Orchestra 5 week course plus experimental new project ‘The Spontaneous Orchestra

We have some very exciting news- Tinderbox has been invited to host and headline the Sunday Night ( 24th May) of Hidden Door Festival!

Tinderbox Orchestra 5 Week Course -Join the award-winning Tinderbox Orchestra for a 5-week course building up to a headline show at Hidden Door Festival on Sunday 24th May. We’ll be working on some brand new compositions and collaborating with up and coming Edinburgh bands Black Diamond Express, The Ka-tet & Urvanovic

The Spontaneous Orchestra We are also putting together an experimental new project, which will premiere at Hidden Door festival too – “The Spontaneous Orchestra!” We will be working with a collective of composers, improvisers, conductors, ensembles and game designers to develop new methods for creating live music on the spot, as well as innovative ways to get audiences to engage in this process too.

The project will involve digging deeper into Mike Kearney’s “Suggesture” – a groundbreaking system of hand-signals for improvising with an orchestra, as well as developing a technique using overhead projectors, live composition & images for the orchestra to respond to. We will also be workshopping new ideas with a collective of game developers and composers to explore how we can get an audience to conduct, compose & interact with the orchestra too!

Hidden Door Festival

Over 200 artists are taking over a secret & currently disused courtyard in the Grassmarket in Edinburgh from 22nd – 30th May, bringing it to life with 60 visual arts installations, 20 Theatre shows, a cinema and live music programme every night! Tinderbox’s Alternative Orchestra night was a big sellout success at last years Hidden Door, so we can’t wait to get back for more! More info at www.hiddendoorblog.org.


Rehearsals are weekly on Monday evenings 6-9pm at Verden studios, on the following dates: April 20th, 27th, May 4th, 11th & 18th. Two full day workshops for the Spontaneous Orchestra on Sundays, 12-6pm, at North Edinburgh Arts: May 3rd & 17th Concert date: Sunday 24th May

Places & Availability

There are 30 places available on the course so please get in touch ASAP by WEDNESDAY 15th APRIL if you’d like to be involved. Open to musicians Age 14-25, Grade 5+ (as a guide), orchestral & band instruments welcome!


£75 full price, £50 Student/concessions Student/concession price available to university/college students, and assisted places are available to those with low income or benefit support. Please contact us to enquire about this. Contact: To book a place or for any questions about the course, please contact Luci or Laura at: admin@tinderboxproject.co.uk, or call Luci at 07835297119. More info at: http://www.tinderboxproject.co.uk, http://www.tinderboxorchestra.org,http://www.hiddendoorblog.org