Community Over Chaos


5th Aug, Edinburgh International Festival
Princes Street Gardens.

Community Over Chaos is an extraordinary collaboration and one-off performance with over 300 musicians of all ages for the opening event of the Edinburgh International Festival 2023.  A brand new piece of music, the collaborative composition has been written collectively by a number music groups: Tinderbox Collective, Brass Blast, Musicians in Exile, Ceilidh Trail, Drake Music Scotland, Intercultural Youth Scotland, Amazing Harmonies and the Edinburgh Ukranian Choir ‘Oberih’. 

The piece will be performed as a live workshop & concert on 5th Aug 2023, at 4pm at the Ross Band Stand in Princes Street Gardens.  

Community Over Chaos will be the headline feature of the EIF’s “Opening Fanfare: Scotland Makes Music, a day-long celebration of music making, bringing together 15 music projects and over 300 musicians of all ages from around Scotland.  Each group pictured below will perform their own slot throughout the day between 12 – 4pm and then come together to form an eclectic massed band for the headline performance from 4 – 5pm.

The event has been produced by Tinderbox Collective, Music Education Partnership Group, the Scottish Youth Music Exchange, and the Edinburgh International Festival. The collaborative composition ‘Community Over Chaos’ was produced & facilitated by Jack Nissan and Tinderbox Collective.

See below for info about all of the bands involved in the day.

Ama-zing Harmonies

Ama-zing Harmonies is a singing group in North West Edinburgh founded in March 2017 by Ama Shallangwa. Our aim is to work in the community to enrich cultural understanding and inclusiveness by uniting people together with music and food. Through these activities we encourage networking and communal integration to break isolation and celebrate our diversity as well as what we have in common.

Drake Music Scotland

Drake Music Scotland are Scotland’s leading organisation creating music making opportunities for children and adults with disabilities and additional support needs. For this event their Digital Orchestra will be performing as well a solo performance from Sean Logan.

The Ceilidh Trail (Fèisean nan Gàidheal)

The Ceilidh Trail is a paid summer job and professional development opportunity for outstanding young traditional musicians. We work with musicians between 16 and 25 who spend the summer playing music, travelling throughout Scotland and beyond, and gain experience playing for just about every kind of gig under the sun! For this event, a number of Ceilidh Trails are coming together to form a 30 piece Ceilidh Trail Ensemble for the day! The project has been put together by Fèisean nan Gàidheal who support community-based Gaelic arts tuition festivals – Fèisean – throughout Scotland which have a special focus on traditional music tuition.

Intercultural Youth Scotland

IYS is Scotland’s leading charity for young Black and young people of colour (BPoC) in Scotland. IYS is the only major organisation that is both youth-led and Black and PoC-led with our programmes all having developed from direct consultation with our network of Youth Ambassadors. We are a community, a service and a voice for BPoC young people, providing a safe space and place to nurture the talents. For their performance at the festival, performers will include BLCQ Almond, Patsy and Ace Basumi (a.k.a. Ace Vision).

Mull Music Makers

Mull Music Makers is a community project, managed by Sound Waves SCIO and supported by Creative Scotland, that aims to increase the musical opportunities available to the island’s children. Under the direction of Patsy Reid, we run a free, year-round programme of violin/fiddle workshops for young people across the Isle of Mull, a remote island community with limited access to music tuition.

Brass Blast (Oi Musica)

Brass Blast is an exciting, all-welcome youth street band for players aged 9-18. Based in East Edinburgh, the project aims to broaden participation in music, creating opportunities for young people to learn an instrument and play in a band – with a particular focus on those who might otherwise miss out. Brass Blast provides a mix of instrumental tuition, creative music making and youth leadership opportunities. In the past year the project has grown from 40 to 80 young people. Brass Blast is run by Oi Musica – a vibrant arts organisation with a social purpose, founded in 2011 by musicians Marcus Britton and Olivia Furness. Using the music of street bands to bring people and communities together, Oi Musica’s work celebrates all aspects of group music making – generating positive shared experiences, celebrating collective success, and finding common ground between players from different backgrounds.

Soundbase & Music Development Dundee

Music Development Dundee aims to bring a clearer focus for the creation, development and presentation of live music in Dundee, including Soundbase – a music-making project open to young musicians (of any genre) aged 12-18 supported by a team of professional musicians and guest artists to develop skills in song creation, guitar playing, drumming, keyboard, collaborative music making, playing with a band and performance and having fun!

St Andrews Music Participation (STAMP)

StAMP (St Andrews Music Participation) is the music outreach programme of the Laidlaw Music Centre at the University of St Andrews. Our flagship project StAMP Brass aims to support and invigorate the cultural heritage of brass playing in Fife and the surrounding area. It is a collaboration between the university, The Wallace Collection, Fife Instrumental Music Service and six brass bands. We combine an in-school teaching programme with inspiring events and collaborative projects to develop the creative and musical skills of young players and to raise awareness of the bands in their local communities.

Tinderbox Orchestra

Bringing together rappers and singers with soaring strings, heavy brass, woodwind and thundering bass and drums, Tinderbox transforms preconceptions of what an orchestra can be. Packed with original music and unexpected collaborations, it is an unforgettable experience featuring some of Scotland’s leading young musicians across genres. The orchestra is part of the wider Tinderbox Collective, a vibrant community of young people, musicians, artists and youth workers in Scotland

The Mockingjays (Mixtape)

The Mockingjays – so named after the fictional bird of mimicry from the Hunger Games novels, are a six piece band formed of young people aged 13-16 who attend Granton Youth’s “Mixtape” Music club. They play a mix of originals written by lead singers Abigail Kerner and Alba Cummings. Expect rich harmonies, layered instruments, and a youthful exuberance that only being a teenager and playing in a band can provide! Granton Youth is a youth work organisation founded in 2002 that supports the young people and communities of North Edinburgh, Scotland. Our “Mixtape” club is an open access and free of charge introduction to playing, singing, song-writing and performing for young people aged 11+. Youth work staff and music tutors work with young people learn a variety of instruments, vocal coaching. song-writing, as well as learning about the music industry.

Musicians in Exile

Musicians in Exile is a project based in the Glasgow, designed to bring together refugees and asylum seekers who can play music but no longer have contact with other musicians or access to instruments. The project is run by Glasgow Barons, who have been helping make music in Govan since 2017 with schools, community groups and local people.

National Youth Brass Band of Scotland

The National Youth Brass Bands of Scotland (NYBBS) offer young brass and percussion players aged from 9 to 22-years-old an opportunity to perform challenging, exciting and diverse brass repertoire while receiving guidance from an expert tutorial team. The senior NYBBS is the premier level youth ensemble of the organisation and demonstrates the extraordinary musical talent which emanates from those involved. NYBBS is led by internationally renowned conductors including Musical Director Ian Porthouse. They are supported by a tutorial team of leading instrumentalists and clinicians, offering members a unique opportunity to learn from the very best.

Edinburgh Ukrainian Choir 'Oberih'

The Ukrainian choir in Edinburgh was formed in the early 1970’s by Ukrainian men who had settled in Scotland after the 2nd World War. A few members of the choir from the 1970’s are still actively involved today. Since the Invasion of Ukraine, many new Ukrainians now living in and around Edinburgh have joined the choir which is now known as ‘’Oberih’’. The choir has already participated in various concerts and charity events. Choir leader Karina Cherviakova is a professional singer and conductor, and together with the choir she tries to popularise Ukrainian culture and Ukrainian song. The choir is supported by AUGB Edinburgh, and their community hub in the heart of Edinburgh to promote Ukrainian Culture.

Sound Lab

Based in and around Glasgow since 2003, The Sound Lab are a grassroots, volunteer-run charity providing creative opportunity to loads of communities across Glasgow and beyond. We believe that ‘music matters’ and that music and creativity shouldn’t just be available for those who can readily access it and afford it: it should be available to everyone. Our vision is that, irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity or economic background, everyone should be able to access the resources and support they need to fulfil their creative potential.

North Ayrshire Chamber Strings

The North Ayrshire Chamber Strings comprise of Senior players from the North Ayrshire Senior String Orchestra. This ensemble enjoy a busy concert schedule performing at Music Service concerts, public showcases and are in demand for corporate events. There achievements this year culminate in winning their class at the Ayrshire Music Festival and being awarded the Ayrshire Chamber Music Shield.