The BBC commissioned A-MNEMONIC’s Toby Jarvis to arrange the ‘1812 Overture’ for their promo of “Scrapheap Orchestra” – a TV show on BBC Four.
The challenge was that the instruments in the orchestra had to be made of ‘everyday objects’ that had been resigned to the scrapheap.
Toby’s long term relationship with the BBC and ability to create suitable sounds for a plethora of radio and television idents made him the obvious choice for this unusual musically orientated piece.
The show looked into the history of musical instruments whilst inspirational conductor Charles Hazlewood asked some of the UK’s top instrument makers to transform junk, broken furniture and the contents of roadside skips into an orchestra of instruments.
The BBC Concert Orchestra put their reputations on the line by using these instruments to stage what they hoped would be a flawless performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture at the 2011 Proms.
Jarvis created the music and sound arrangement for the 30 second television advert to showcase this unique challenge that brought together some of the most celebrated musical talents and masterminds in the country.
You can hear the full version of the BBC Scrapheap Orchestra performance of the 1812 Overture here
Scrapheap Orchestra – BBC Four
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