The Challenges

Royal Wootton Bassett Orchestra Challenge – 2011
Composed and arranged music for an entire orchestra, without reading a note of music. Then performed the repertoire with the Royal Wootton Bassett Orchestra at the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon in aid of UK based charity Kick4Life

121212 Underground Orchestra Challenge – 2012
Spent a year travelling around the London Underground, randomly bumping into passengers carrying musical instruments and convinced 68 of them to join him onstage at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire for a one-off concert in aid of Daytrippers, a charity supporting disabled and terminally ill children and young people throughout the UK. 

Edinburgh Fringe Orchestra Challenge – 2014
Spent 10 days running around Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival, and formed a 24 piece orchestra for a one-off concert as part of the Edinburgh Free Fringe.

Geronimo Busking Challenge – 2015
In three days, created a multi-screen music video from 12 buskers and musicians on the streets of London, covering Sheppard’s Geronimo for Decca Records. 

Pilton Pop-up Orchestra – 2015
Formed The Pilton Pop-up Orchestra at Glastonbury Festival which was made up of 40 people who were attending the festival. They performed on a number of stages during the weekend, including the famous Glade Stage. 

10 Day Orchestra Challenge – 2015
Along with Swedish musician Erik Nyberg from Last Box of Sparklers, they travelled around the UK, creating 10 pop-up orchestras in 10 days, with the aim of performing with 100 different musicians, who would perform onstage with no rehearsal, playing music chosen at random by the audience. To make the challenge even harder, Buswell was not allowed to personally seek out and contact musicians himself beforehand, or discuss payment/hire any musician, and they had to live within a 50-mile radius of the venue. They succeeded and performed with 101 musicians.

10 Day Orchestra Challenge – 2016
After the success of the last 10 Day Orchestra Challenge, in 2016, Buswell & Nyberg attempted another challenge, this time to perform with 150 musicians in 10 days. They failed, and only performed with 143. However, the route they took meant they travelled around the UK in the shape of a massive penis, the largest known GPS cock’n’balls ever. Seriously, check it out here.

Paris Orchestra Challenge – 2017
Buswell & Nyberg are currently preparing for their Paris Orchestra Challenge, where from 1-9th April they have to form a 20-40 piece orchestra from strangers they meet in Paris, write an album of music with the group, and then record a live studio album. Check it out here.