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The Portsmouth Sinfonia was a real orchestra founded by a group of students at Portsmouth School of Art in Portsmouth, England, in 1970—however, the Sinfonia had an unusual entrance requirement. Players had to be either non-musicians, or if a musician, play an instrument that was entirely new to them. Among the founding members was one of their teachers, English composer Gavin Bryars. The orchestra started as a one-off, tongue-in-cheek performance art ensemble but became a cultural phenomenon over the… read more

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    'Miss Binding agreed to transpose the concerto down from the original key of B flat minor to a more manageable A minor. "Sharps and flats tended to unnerve the orchestra," Lewis explains.'
  • Incredible music. Never heard such a thing before. Do you ?
  • The Monty Python of classical music. [2]
  • inspirational
  • epic fail! :D
  • "upon the collapse of civilisation i shall take this to my mountaintop"
  • i got another album, yay!
  • Personally, I am not just amused. I actually love the way it sounds...
  • This isn't funny. This is horrible. I got headache now. :D
  • I really enjoy the albums I have of this. It is such a clever idea.

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