We are continuing to run a number of youth clubs, orchestra rehearsals and other creative workshops online. We’re doing our best to keep in touch with everyone and to keep our wonderful community of young people and musicians together at this challenging time.
Tinderbox Tuesday Hub Online: Our weekly music youth club, usually held at North Edinburgh Arts. We have been getting together every week to share solo performances, DJ, sing, dance and generally keep in touch and have some fun.
Tinderbox Orchestra Online Experiments: The Orchestra have been continuing to gather every Sunday afternoon and experiment with how to play / make music in big groups online – we hope to have something to show you soon!
Tinderbox Lab – Virtual Studio Wednesdays: A group of artists involved in the Tinderbox Lab have been gathering for skills-sharing sessions and to keep each other motivated and making new work.
Tinderbox Saturday Music School: A brand new project! – we are running online music lessons in small groups for a range of instruments, singing and song-writing.
Sounds & Sights of Isolation: A callout for creative responses to the current situation – poems, music, artwork, songs and other ideas. We are gathering these from people as individual expressions, and hope to make some collaborative artworks out of them.
Tinderbox ‘Hangouts’ & Skills-sharing sessions – Online sessions led by and organised for young people in Tinderbox. They have involved open-mics, musical editing and arrangement sessions, drawing sessions and Quiznights!
Online Gigs: We are looking to put a gig on soon with some of our collaborators and young musicians – stay tuned!
Guides & Resources
We have also put together a couple of guides & resources for others in case they might be useful:
- Guide to Online Music & Youth Work using Zoom
- Links to Financial Resources for Freelancers, artists/musicians and people on low income or out of work.
If you are interested in getting involved in any of the above please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As 15 musicians of the Tinderbox Orchestra arrived quietly one by one to sign in at the reception of Broughton High School. I’m not sure anybody knew of the explosion of symphonic sounds that was about to errupt from the assembly hall. With 45 minutes to set up, sound check and run a new tune, before 120 S1 and S2 pupils arrived to fill the seats, it was all go!
We were there to let pupils know about tinderbox music opportunities in their local area as part of a recruitment push for our Tuesday night hub at North Edinburgh Art Centre. From simple song writing and guitar chords to rap vocals of a scientific nature with orchestral flurries of cello and oboe, pumped up by drums & bass, the music spoke for itself.
If you didn’t already get involved conducting the orchestra on the day, come along to North Edinburgh Arts in Muirhouse 6 – 8pm and see what it’s all about!
Thanks again to the music team at Broughton high for inviting us in!
– Niki Dunne, Lead Tutor
Thanks to all the players, collaborators, audience members and supporters who helped us to have a sold-out Fringe show! Every show was uniquely exciting due to our amazing cast of collaborators in the form of S!nk, Brave Little Note, Kathryn Joseph and Dawanggang. What a lineup! We have been absolutely spoiled in terms of creativity and inspiration. And to have been made so very welcome as part of the Pianodrome family meant we felt totally at home at the world’s only venue made entirely from Pianos. We’re relieved to hear that their hard work is being recognised in the form of many awards. This has been another massive step in the development of Tinderbox with many of our long term supporters saying that they’ve never heard us sound (and look!) so good. Finishing it all off with the release of our new single ‘Talking About Birds‘ was the icing on the cake. (thanks to Chris Scott for the image and Lorna Simpson for the vid)
What a privilege it was to play at Solas festival. Thanks to all the festival organisers and to Adlib for the incredible sound. What a lovely way to finish off the term.
Looking forward to getting into rehearsals for our Fringe shows at the Pianodrome! More on that soon ;)!
What a time we had at the EIFF and it’s mind-blowing that a whole year has passed since then – we thought we’d take proud little look at one of the brilliant films we composed music for and performed live to film at the festival.
Please enjoy our live score for Looking for Lucey🙂!
Huge thanks to Moving Image Archive, Edinburgh International Film Festival (Young & Wild), The University of Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Research Collections and MSc Film, Exhibition & Curation students (2017-18).
“Friday was a truly inspiring evening to finish of our project with Sound Cycle at Mac Arts in Galashiels. Young Borders bands Three Out Of Four and Geckohead were absolutely fantastic. Both bands were totally professional, musically tight with huge stage presence. Tinderbox Orchestra played an absolute blinder and we all agreed that we can’t wait to play at Mac Arts again!
Thanks to everyone involved especially all the team at Mac Arts, Sound Cycle, Borders Young Creatives, Three Out Of Four, Geckohead, Bryan Jones on the sound and all the players in the Tinderbox Orchestra.” – Jed (Tinderbox Manager).
It was an inspirational rehearsal at the Jazz Bar on Sunday. We had collaborators in the form on the young and brilliant ’Three out of Four’ (pictured) from the Borders playing their song, Night to remember (https://youtu.be/GCuPp1a9oSA).
Also the exuberant and joyful ‘ACE Voices’ visiting from Aberdeen. And of course the sublime talent of Hailey Beavis. Things are really hotting up ready for the gig on 16th June at the Jazz Bar!
“If you haven’t made it to Mac art in Galashiels yet, then this Friday is the time to do it! The doors of this stunning converted church have been open each Wednesday night for the past 6 weeks to give a space for young people living across the Scottish Borders to come together and get creative.
James McIntosh of Sound Cycle, the Scottish Borders youth music forum, has hosted Niki , Rab and Jed from Tinderbox coming down to collaborate with the young people on writing arranging orchestrating and building up to performing some exciting new music ( as well as the challenge of seeing how many gig posters we can get up on route from Edinburgh to Galashiels!).
Niki has been heading up the project with her highlight being young composer and orchestrator Rab Taylor from Tinderbox collaborating with band 3 out of 4 to add the power of the Tinderbox Orchestra to a song they finished writing after week 1 of us all meeting. the track is called a night to remember and it definitely will be so hope to see you at Mac arts Friday 7th June from 7-10pm!”
-Niki (Tinderbox Tutor and Artist) .
Applications are now open for our
Applications are open for Tinderbox Sparks our entry level Alternative Orchestra course for 10 – 18 year olds. Grade 1 (or equivalent ability) upwards. Improvise, Compose and perform.
Join Edinburgh’s Alternative Orchestra!
Sundays 11am – 1pm. at North Edinburgh Arts.
5th May – 23rd June
Course fee £100 (subsidised places available).
Send us a message or email to book a place email@example.com.
We will be working with the amazing Mike Kearney and members of the Tinderbox Orchestra to learn some new compositions that have been written this year by the Tinderbox Collective. We will explore the world of improvisation using a kung fu based conducting technique called ‘Suggesture’. We’ll compose a brand new piece of music.
The course will culminate in a performance alongside the Tinderbox Orchestra and our other projects, Tuesday Hub, Rock Trust Hub and Digital Lab.
What a fantastic start to our Tinderbox Orchestra sessions at the Jazz Bar yesterday! We tried out some new music from the orchestra as well as an older piece from our album, and it was sounding brilliant! Thank you to everyone who came along and got involved, was lovely to see some new faces as well as some familiar ones too. Hope to see you all again next week for some more orchestral jams!
If you would like to come along to the sessions just pop us an email to <firstname.lastname@example.org> and let us know!
- Dates: Sundays, 2 – 5pm, 10th February – 31st March
- Performance: Sunday 7th April, 6 – 8:30pm
- Venue: Jazz Bar, Chambers Street, Edinburgh
- Fees: Pay what you can afford (Suggested donation, £5/week)
About Tinderbox Orchestra Sessions
The idea is a bit like an orchestral jam session. There will be a core orchestra each week who will be rehearsing and developing an exciting set of original orchestral music across different styles. People can come and watch the sessions / rehearsals, and if you play an instrument or if you sing or rap, we’d love you to come and join in and play with the orchestra too. You can join for the full course, or come week to week and join in at your own pace.
Who is the project for?
Musicians of any age and any instrument (including orchestral instruments, back-line instruments, singers and rappers) can join the orchestra, but the project has a focus on involving young musicians aged 14 – 25.
Note: if there are several of the same back-line instruments or several rappers on any week, you may have to take turns on different tunes. There will also be choruses and singing in a number of pieces, and people can join in with this group too.
What level do I need to be to join in?
Some music will be easy to play and some will be difficult, and you can join in at the level that suits you. We would like the sessions to feel accessible, exciting and challenging for both ‘intermediate’ musicians (grade 3-5 as a rough guide) and ‘advanced’ musicians (around grade 5-8 and above). We will have a number of flexible scores, with basic and advanced parts, so you can join in where you feel comfortable.
Note: the grades are just a guide and you do not need to have had formal training on your instrument. It will help if you can read music a bit, though this is not essential.
About Tinderbox Orchestra
Tinderbox Orchestra is a fusion of instruments, styles and people. An orchestra with the approach of a band, we write and perform original compositions and collaborate with exciting, contemporary bands & artists. We love to experiment with ideas, collaborate, and try to do something new and inspiring with an orchestra.
“A trip on a grand, ambitious and stimulating scale”
“An Orchestral Revolution” Edinburgh Evening News
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Please contact email@example.com with any questions, or to register your interest in joining the orchestra sessions.
Please let us know your instrument, age and roughly what standard you are on your instrument (e.g. how long you have been playing, any grades or other musical experience).
Wow. We wrote 45 minutes of original film music and performed it live to screen, at the Edinburgh International Film Festival!
Check out highlights from the performance!
What a special project and amazing space the Pianodrome is – an incredible world first amphitheatre, designed, created and hosted by the amazing multi-instrumentalist ensemble Sink, and installed at the Royal Botanics over the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2018.
Tinderbox had the pleasure of filling this piano bubble with amazing sounds for one day & night, where we played a couple of our album favourites, some new tunes, and joined Sink to perform a special collaboration of their tune ‘The Knife’.
Check out videos from our performance here!
The Knife / Sink arr. Tinderbox & Ros Sharp
Travelling On / Tinderbox & Lydia Bennett
Captain Beefheart / Richard Worth arr. Tinderbox
The Pianodrome is a beautiful creation. The band ‘Sink’ and their extended community of volunteers have put blood sweat and tears into making a nest for sharing creativity and inspiration with the rest of us. What a joy it was to collaborate with them on one of their pieces ‘The Knife’. Hopefully there will be plenty more of this to come!
We had great fun collaborating with Rumba De Bodas as part of Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival at North Edinburgh Arts.
What an amazing band, full of energy and enthusiasm. Great for all of the Tinderbox team and participants to get inspired by.
Also a great suggesture workshop led by Mike Kearney to kick the evening off.
Our Intermediate Orchestra did an inspirational job in creating a new score for this brilliant film made by the young people of WHEC with Screen Education Edinburgh.
The course was for young people aged 10 – 18 who can play 5 notes or more on a musical instrument. None of the young people had done anything like this before and most have never written any music before.
We spent 10 weeks using our natural powers of improvisation and creativity to develop new scores for two films led by the musical Jedi, Mike Kearney.
All of the musical ideas came from participants and the course culminated with us making a live recording of the soundtracks which you can hear below.
Here’s the audio from our second film ‘Summer In Scotland’ from the Scottish Film Archive. We don’t have permission to share the film here, only the audio.
Liam Baker has made a fantastic video of our collaboration with S!nk at Inverleith House in April.
What a pleasure it was to work with such amazing musicians and videographers!