bringing thrilling performances to unbounded audiences
Project Instrumental is an instrument-inspired, genre-liberated group evolving around a core of strings and what can be done with them. We venture into the grey areas between musical worlds, between what’s happened before and what might not have - looking to create new glimpses and enlivening interactions. We play in environments that become an extension of our performances and collaborate across the Arts, exploring, expanding and challenging what a concert experience might be.
you guys were ultra professional and the playing was just stunning
Project Instrumental thrives in making connections - between people, creativity and living most fully. Constantly reflecting on what we’re trying to make alive to who, we welcome all and encourage curiosity. We aim to engage new ears, to refresh old, and invite anyone, regardless of knowledge, name or identity. Leaping beyond narrowing preconceptions, Project Instrumental has a loose grip on definitions, favours a relatable approach and non-prohibitive ticket prices.
Founded in 2013, registered as a charity in 2015, Project Instrumental is a scalable collective of some of the finest professional young musicians in the country. Keeping fresh, responsive and directional through imaginative programming, commissions, outreach and collaborations, we premiere and workshop new works from BAFTA awarded composers to the bright new minds of the musical future, and have recorded for BBC TV and top-10 albums across the classical, crossover and pop charts. Appearances include the Southbank Centre, National Portrait Gallery, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s Frontiers Festival, St John’s Smith Square, the Wellcome Collection, the Picturehouse’s Hackney Attic, HMP Wakefield and hubs of innovation and open-mindedness across the country, in collaborations across the fields of art, electronica, cymatics, projection mapping, light, mixology and sound analysis technology. Reaching into various corners of the UK, our home is East London, where the diversity, creativity and unmanicured sense of possibility of the area resonates with Project Instrumental's own.
a completely unique experience that was incredibly moving and profound
Former Head of Reducing Reoffending