Frequently Asked Questions for musicians

This page is dedicated to giving musicians answers to our upcoming Paris Orchestra Challenge. 

What is the challenge?
The form a 20-40 piece popup orchestra from strangers in Paris and record a live album and do a one-off live concert.

When is it?
The recording of the live album is on Sunday 9th April at Studio A in the world famous Les Studios Ferber (rehearsal 14:00-18:00, recording 19:00-21:00).

We are then doing a small concert with around 10 musicians at the opening of Ethnografilm festival on Tuesday 11th April – Ciné 13 Théâtre (19:00-21:00)

What music will you be performing?
The challenge is to create new music, which can be of any style, but it will likely have a contemporary indie/folk feel. Click to see a video of the previous orchestra challenge in London for an indication of style.

How much work is involved?
This project can be as low maintenance as you would like. As long as you are available on Sun 9th April from 14:00, this is the bare minimum. 

We can score the parts for you if you prefer to just turn up, learn them and play, or we can collaborate with you on your parts. We are happy to involve all musicians in the songwriting process. We will be in Paris from 1-12 April so can arrange rehearsals and meetings any evening you want to work through the songs.

Will I get paid?
We have a budget of €500 to start, split between all musicians as initial payment (so, if we find 20 musicians, that’s €25).

In addition, we will split evenly all profits from the sale of the album, and give you all songwriting and publishing credits of all new songs we collaborate on. 100% of any profits made will be split with the musicians (and no-one is taking a fee). This is how we always work. We always give all the money we make to musicians (we are advocates of the Work Not Play initiative by the Musicians Union).

Have you done anything like this before?
Check out Shaun Buswell’s wikipedia page for evidence of previous challenges. Shaun & Erik are very experienced at this and the feedback from musicians has been brilliant. These really are amazing projects to be involved in.

What instruments are you looking for?
We accept any instruments, but we always like to work with string, brass and woodwind player initially, and add any contemporary instruments around them.

What songs will be on the album?
We are looking to record the following for the album:

  • a minimum of 6 completely new songs/compositions
  • 4 songs from special guests, where we have arranged orchestral accompaniment
  • 2 songs by Buswell & Nyberg

If you have any other questions you want answered, please feel free to comment below, or e-mail

6 thoughts on “Frequently Asked Questions for musicians

  1. Martin says:

    hi !
    Trombone player here, i’m interested in the challenge and available the 9th : ) so let’s go !

    I’m a student in jazz school, play mainly funk, ska, reggae and make a living by busking.
    I can sightread and improvise if needed.

    Looking forward to make music with you 🙂

    1. admin says:

      Hi Mitch, thanks for your interest. We’ve had a large number of guitarists and singers apply so unfortunately we can’t take any more on at this stage. If the venue give us more room, then I’ll let you know.

  2. Emma Redfern says:

    I am a British freelance pianist/ music teacher living and working in Paris. I have a bmus honours degree in music performance and would really love to participate in your project.
    Any room for an enthusiastic pianist? ☺ sounds like a exciting project.
    Look forward to hearing from you.

    1. admin says:

      Hi Emma,

      We currently have a couple of pianists interested, so while it might be unlikely, it’s not entirely out of the question. Do you want to send through anything to and I’ll e-mail you once we know.


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