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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 #128

The Orchestra Pit
Scaledown #128
(Friday 28th April 2017)

April showers should help the darling buds of scaledown sprout and flourish. The buds are seeded in the room above the King and Queen and will blossom in no particular order:

MINDLOBSTER - 'Synthesizer shit you can dance too'. Thus spake Mr. Mindlobster who will be promoting the very fine 'Sine After Sine' EP.

CHARLOTTE AND JUDE HAVE KITTENS - Chase the wool, get your claws out and scratch the settee - trumpet and electronica from Charlotte Keeffe and Jude CM. Creating the world's first ever kittophone.

scaledown #127

The Orchestra Pit


Scaledown #127

(Friday 31st March 2017)

The March winds blow everywhere-they make the chimney pots whistle and the trees rustle. They blow around London's effervescent Fitzrovia and up the staircase of The King and Queen, home of scaledown. The March winds enter and blow around our fantastic springtime gust of guests who are in no particular order:

MARK GILFILLAN - With his vocabulary gift, he'll give you a lift ....transcend you to a state of zen. he's been here before and we liked what we saw we've invited him back again. Ladies and gentlemen ....Mark Gilfillan.

scaledown #126

The Orchestra Pit
Scaledown #126
(Friday 17th February 2017)

A finger of fudge. Is it just enough to give you a treat? We think not. We think that many fudgy fingers make a delicious confection and we have the ingredients to make the night a fudeging fantastic occasion in no particular order:

KATHY HULME - Kathy Hulme, half of screwball folk duo The C Siders reads her less 'singable' work. Melancholic, acerbic and a little disturbing. Kathy has been in a few bands over the years mainly the Honkies, Smartbombs and occasionally the Orchestre Murphy but that was ages ago.

scaledown #125

The Orchestra Pit
Scaledown #125
(Friday 27th January 2017)

A very happy scaledown year to you all. Now that Epiphany has popped off and decorations are deceased for now, we welcome you back into the fold where our artistic livestock crow, squeak, howl, whine, and grunt beautifully for theirs and your aural pleasure in no particular order:

TROMBONE POETRY - A rasp and a stanza as Mr. Trombone himself returns to the boards of scaledown to unleash the words and blow the 'bone ;)

scaledown #124

The Orchestra Pit
Scaledown #124
(Friday 16th of December 2016)

Merry makers. It is of paramount importance that you make merry in specific areas this yule period. Austerity UK has deemed this appropriate. The Orchestra Pit organisation has made the recommendation that you direct your merry feet to the King and Queen pub in glorious Fitzrovia to indulge your merry ration at scaledown. there will be a glittering cast who will amaze in no particular order:

scaledown #123

The Orchestra Pit
Scaledown #123
(Friday 4th of November 2016)

The fireworks whizz around the chimney pots of London Town. Pop down the chimney of the King and Queen in glorious Fitzrovia and you shall see and hear scaledown's artists pop, crackle and effervesce in no particular order:

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

MR WHALEY - Former scaledown co presenter Dan Whaley will scaledown to just his voice for the pleasure of your ears.

scaledown #122

The Orchestra Pit
Scaledown #122
(Friday 30th September 2016)

It makes sense, dear children of scaledown, to pop down and go up the rickety stairs, across the carpeted landing and into the arms of scaledown musical warmth who beam artist radiance in no particular order:

RAEPPEN - Ræppen is the work of a Nomadic travelling Shaman who travels the planet playing ritualistic drones. When the ritual is performed the Shaman will use hypnotic rhythms to develop a trance like state to be at one with the spirit world.

scaledown #121

The Orchestra Pit
Scaledown #121
(Friday 26th August 2016)

It has been noted that scaledown did not occur this year in May. Behold! The late May scaledown event complete with artists dancing around the August May pole in no particular order:

MARK A WATERFIELD - A TRIBUTE - A tribute to the man, booked for scaledown who tragically died last week. Mr Waterfield would have played old union songs. By way of tribute and an honour to him, scaledown host Mark Braby will sing those songs.

scaledown #120

The Orchestra Pit
Scaledown #120
(Friday 29th July 2016)

July, the sunshine scaledown. Lemonade. summer fruits. skinny dipping. Ice lollies. wasps. beach huts. the artists who touch you in no particular order:

MARTIN WHITE - back into the low amplified bosom of Scaledown, the prodigal accordionist - Martin White (he of The Mystery Fax Machine Orchestra) returns to regale us with his dark n' witty tales including a preview of the new TMFMO album.

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