About Us

Tinderbox aims to ignite a spark in young people – one which fills them with confidence, imagination and sense of possibility, and which enables people to achieve things they never thought possible.  Our work helps break down barriers between people & communities, providing exciting opportunities to those who need them most, and supporting young people to build their confidence, skills, self-esteem, and professional experience.

Our Vision

A creative, ambitious and inclusive youth culture – one that cuts across social and economic divides, brings together diverse influences, and is listened to and valued by society.

Who We Are

A large and diverse collective of young people, musicians, artists, youth workers, community activists and volunteers.

What We Do

Tinderbox offers a revolutionary approach to orchestras, youth work & creative learning. We provide a year-round programme working with hundreds of children and young people aged 10 – 25. Our work focuses on three interweaving strands:

From grass-roots youth work to award-winning arts productions, Tinderbox offers a range of creative workshops, orchestra courses, arts residencies and apprenticeship programmes. We work with complete beginners to young professionals and all levels in between.

Our Approach

The approach of Tinderbox is unique in the way it balances ambitions for high-quality and experimentation with its drive to be genuinely inclusive and to foster active and creative participation from everyone involved. These ambitions are equally valued and our view is that they greatly support each other, providing inspiring and powerful learning opportunities that lead to high-quality, original work with diverse influences.


Founded in 2010 as a community youth orchestra with a difference, Tinderbox has grown to become a leading youth-arts organisation, charity and social enterprise. We now work with hundreds of young people each year and have produced a number of award winning productions, working with local communities in Edinburgh & Scotland through to international collaborators in China, Chile, Croatia and Bosnia.

Tinderbox has opened up new territory and ideas, bringing together people of different ages, genres and disciplines, and inspiring an exciting creative community unlike any other.

“You don’t need to be involved or even musical to experience and understand its creativity, it just blows everything you think about orchestras & young people to bits.”  

Jack, 16 years old

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