It has poems on the train walls and fine art fired into the station tiles. So why does London’s overstressed subway system lack good music?
A musician called Shaun Boswell thinks he has the remedy. He’s putting together a symphony orchestra from fellow-pros he meets on the Tube.
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Talented London musician Shaun Buswell is doing a musical challenge to raise awareness for charities. He is creating an Underground Orchestra whereby the whole orchestra (30-100 piece)has to be made up by musicians he meets on the London Underground – they have to be complete strangers and not people he has met before or already knows.
The orchestra must then perform at one of twelve top London venues on 12.12.12. Promotional gigs prior to this include performances at The Union Chapel (www.unionchapel.org.uk) and on the EDF Energy London Eye. There is also interest from TV Production companies to broadcast a documentary about the challenge!
Check out: www.121212.org.uk Follow on Twitter:@121212challenge
We are looking to publicise the challenge so we can raise awareness of the charities and raise as much money for them as possible.
More info is below, do feel free to contact me for further details or to discuss.
LONDON UNDERGROUND ORCHESTRA CHALLENGE
Shaun Buswell is a talented musician who likes to perform musical challenges to raise awareness of charities.
This year Shaun has to form an entire orchestra (30-100 piece) made up of strangers that he’s met for the first time on the London Underground. The orchestra must be ready to perform by 12th December 2012. They will then perform at one of twelve top London venues. For the challenge there are strict rules that Shaun must adhere to they are:
Shaun has to meet the musicians for the first time on the London Underground (and must be actively inside the gates of an Underground station).
The musician Shaun meets must be carrying their instrument (or part of it) when he meets them for the first time.
Shaun must not know the musicians personally nor have met or communicated with them directly in person before (i.e they must be complete strangers to him).
Shaun is, however, allowed to pick one musician he works with per instrument as the lead for that group (i.e one cellist, one trumpeter, etc. of his choice to run that group).
The venue to be played at has to be from a list of 12 top venues agreed prior to the challenge.
Shaun must write all the music himself again (he still can’t read a note of music).
If this was not enough, Shaun is also attempting 12 personal mini-challenges, which are anything from stopping smoking to performing on The London Eye. These can be viewed here http://121212challenge.blogspot.co.uk/2011/12/mini-challenge…
TFL have reviewed the branding and are supporting of the challenge (see
www.121212.org.uk). The plan is to make a documentary about this challenge, and also liaise with London Underground to arrange filming and busking pitches.
Shaun is available for interviews and photoshoots, or if you would like more information about Shaun’s 12.12.12 UNDERGROUND ORCHESTRA CHALLENGE please contact Gina on 07714123424 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shaun’s last musical challenge was to write music for a full symphony orchestra (without reading a note of music), find an orchestra willing to perform with him without ever having heard the music and perform it live within six months. The challenge was completed in February 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZODDeRSjEMQ&feature=relmfu
Further information about the promotional gig at The Union Chapel can be found here:http://www.unionchapel.org.uk/events.php?gig=b12a8678-bf11-4…