Big Fish Little Fish collaboration, October 2018
Able Orchestra has become renowned for its distinctive sound world, melding techno beats with orchestral textures. A collaboration with Big Fish Little Fish (BFLF), whose rave parties for young children and families have become an international phenomenon, had been part of our artistic ambitions for a long time. It would be a new kind of platform for Able to reach a different audience, whilst for Big Fish Little Fish a new departure in hosting some live music sets alongside their usual DJs. And so it happened during the Hockley Hustle music festival in October 2018 at Nottingham Contemporary, where Able Orchestra together with guest beat boxer THePETEBOX performed their new piece Fantastical Worldsduring two separate BFLF parties. We were intrigued to see how the audience would react. Instead of continuing to dance, everyone stopped to watch, film and photograph the performance, giving an ovation at the end. It surprised and inspired children and adults alike.
“I could not be more delighted that this is happening.”Hannah Saunders, Founder – Big Fish Little Fish
Soundstage Festival, March 2019
An equally exciting opportunity arose several months later when Able Orchestra was programmed in the Soundstage Festival, a celebration of music and the moving image, promoted by Nottingham Royal Concert Hall. This time the venue was Metronome, a cross-media centre with an impressive digital wall across the back of its stage. Where better for our inclusive ensemble to present its exotic blend of live music and digital imagery? As well as reprising the piece from the Hockley Hustle, one member of Able Orchestra performed a solo piece using a Control One controller, the innovative MIDI controller based on a motorised wheelchair joystick which has been developed through the project over the last couple of years.
“I think its amazing, and very new and exciting…it’s just being able to show what we’re capable of doing.”Jessica, Able Orchestra young musician