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Welcome to The Orchestra Pit

The Orchestra Pit The Orchestra Pit is an organisation dedicated to the promotion of adventurous and experimental new music.

We do this through promoting gigs under the banner of The Orchestra Pit and Scaledown as well as producing radio shows (Full Circle and Scaledown) and running a Record Label.

Details of all these endeavors can be found on this site as well as an extensive photo/audio archive and a shop.

scaledown #119

The Orchestra Pit
presents
Scaledown #119
(Friday 17th June 2016)

June arrives with rosy fingertips, blazing into the room above The King and Queen, touching the artists who touch you in no particular order:

VÄLVE - progressive/avant-guard/sound project from Knifeworld's Chloe Herington, featuring an ever morphing line up of conspirators and collaborators and rather a lot of bassoons, saxophones and found sounds

HAYMANOT TESFA - the beloved singer and artist, brings her lyre to enchant us with songs of Ethiopia, ancient and contemporary. Fresh and traditional.

scaledown #118

The Orchestra Pit
presents
Scaledown #118
(Friday 29th April 2016)

Hello. Was it really April when it was April? And is it another April? The answer is yes, if you have your scaledown hat on. Following our April show at the beginning of this month is another April show to end the month. This is an anomaly which will not be repeated. Enjoy the anomaly. Explore the space, and the artists who have lined up April side in no particular order:

CERI JAMES - The observer of our everyday lives, Ceri reports in music from the coffee shop, the bar, the street and anywhere we may find himself. Poems, paeans, and anthems created with craft and delivered with honesty. Fresh and direct song making

Scaledown #117

The Orchestra Pit
presents
Scaledown #117
Friday 1st April 2016

The Orchestra Pit presents an April Fool's night of musical showers to bring forth the May flowers. We use the plural here because there are TWO April scaledowns book ending this crazy month-the first being on the first with the artists of Avril warming your spring time cockles in no particular order:

JONO PODMORE - the electronic wizard, critically acclaimed hero of sound design (aka KUMO) and solid geezer joins us like an musical astronaut on his trusty Theremin to waft us up to the vaults of space and time.

scaledown #116

The Orchestra Pit
presents
Scaledown #116
Friday 4th March 2016

The Orchestra Pit presents a jamboree bag of March musical merriment for the first spring scaledown of the year. No eggs or hares here, only a loving selection of willing artists who will perform for you in no particular order:

ANGUS STRACHAN - International award winning singer/songwriter and gifted lyricist performing a mini-Song-Cycle of monologues and songs called “Lucky-Unlucky Man”.

scaledown #115

The Orchestra Pit
presents
Scaledown #115
(Friday 29th January 2016)

The Orchestra Pit presents the first scaledown event of 2016. The Christmas sack may now lay slack and empty on the cold ground but the big daddy sack of scaledown remains warm and full. If you turn up at 7.30pm of the clock for the 8pm start, you will see the scaledown sack burst open with the contents of wonder which are in no particular order:

TED MILTON - Return of the leader from the mighty BLURT, Mr Milton will be reading from his recently published Milton Text Book. Welcome back to Scaledown Ted!

scaledown #114

The Orchestra Pit
presents
Scaledown #114
(Friday 11th December 2015)

The Orchestra Pit Christmas shwing ding rolls into town on Friday and shall START PROMPTLY AT 7.30pm of the clock. A reindeer tells us that our dear co host JUDE COWAN MONTAGUE has written a PANTO and, as we write, it's all 'hush hush'. Our facebook page may 'unhush unhush' this in good time. Following this extravaganza are the tinselly acts which are in no particular order:

COS CHAPMAN - Here's a man that does not come bearing gifts... except of course the gift of entertainment courtesy of his bag of electrical items..... I'm dreaming of a Black & Decker Christmas, oh yes.

scaledown #113

The Orchestra Pit
presents
Scaledown #113
(Friday 30th October 2015)

The Orchestra Pit would like to remind you that, in scaledown days, October was the eighth month in the Roman calendar. So, in scaledown fashion, we will not be offering you 8 but, 7-yes, SEVEN acts which are in no particular scaledown order :

VIC VOX - Erstwhile Scaledown co-curator Dan Whaley is back for his annual appearance, maintaining the tradition of always appearing with a different combo/under a different guise. As ever, he will be fully embracing the Scaledown ethos, on this occasion by performing with a diddy Vox electrulele through a diddy Vox amplifier. .

scaledown #112

The Orchestra Pit
presents
Scaledown #112
(Friday 25th September 2015)

The Orchestra Pit offers an early autumnal batch of fruity acts plucked from the scaledown orchard. Nothing wormy. nothing rotten. Not genetically modified. Natural shapes and natural sounds. No Cowell nastiness. No auto tunes. And in no particular order:

scaledown #111

The Orchestra Pit
presents
Scaledown #111
(Friday 31st July 2015)

July Andrews solved a problem like Maria. July Andrews helped the medicine go down. July Andrews taught Mr Van Dyke all he knows about the cockernee vernacular. July Andrews will now listen to the sound of music. She will climb every mountainous step up to the scaledown room to hear a few of her favourite things...in no particular order:

BEECHING'S AXE - An improvised train-wreck of archive steam railway sound recordings and live electrified guitars, attempting to reflect aspects of a pivotal moment in British transport history. Featuring Kevin Younger and Mark Braby.

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