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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 #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.

Scaledown #110

The Orchestra Pit
presents
Scaledown #110
(Friday 26th June 2015)

scaledown #109

The Orchestra Pit
presents
Scaledown #109
(Friday 29th May 2015)

May Queen goes to the shop, buys a plastic messenger bag, goes home, fills it up with maypole assembly kit, then, with aplomb, sets it up for scaledown. Magically, each ribbon becomes an artist in no particular order:

ROSHI FEAT. PARS RADIO - If Scaledown issued reward points then is highly possible that neither Roshi Nasehi nor Graham 'Dids' Dowdall would ever need to pay for a drink in this town again. As it is we don't..... but they're back anyway to stamp their own mark on May Scaledown with their beguiling mix of sensual vocals and ingenious beats.

scaledown #108 and super news flash!

The Orchestra Pit
presents
Scaledown #108
(Friday 24th April 2015)

April showers have been few and far between this month and so scaledown will compensate by showering great talent upon you from our spring cloud which resides upstairs at The King And Queen pub. Drip drip drop in particular order:

TROMBONE POETRY - right... you know the drill: a smattering of poetry; a burst of trombone; and a scattering of journalistic prose and improbable verbs. it's a formula that never fails, behold..... Trombone Poetry.

scaledown #107

The Orchestra Pit
presents
Scaledown #107
(Friday 27th March 2015)

The March hare has the March wind in him and he needs to blow off-he will blow off all the early spring madness and joy into the contained room that is scaledown world, spinning in an orbit above and around The King And Queen pub. Blowing tonight in no particular order will be:

JUDE COWAN MONTAGUE - Our very own co-host scales down with a voice only performance plucking gems from her latest album, the brilliant 'The Leidenfrost Effect '.

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