The People’s String Foundation are an army of bohemians and vagabonds hailing from the grass roots of British music culture; Mixing world, Classical and urban styles in anarchic embroilment. This Cornish band is fronted by the virtuoso violinist Ben Sutcliffe (Director Of Music for Rogue Theatre, Kneehigh Theatre and the Minack Theatre) with co-founder and composer Zaid Al-Rikabi at the core. This summer Ben and Zaid are packing their 32 piece Gypsy Orchestra into a suitcase and taking the “Virtual Orchestra” on tour as a live duo, with their newest album release “Res Publica”. This music is sure to set your heart racing, get your toes tapping, and warm the soul with the people’s spirit and grafter’s hearts.
“The People’s String Foundation is one of the great wonders of the West – Stonking, earthy, organic, delicate, and barn-storming. The upcoming Res Publica tour by The People’s String Foundation is an impassioned and bold project to bring a larger-than-life production to intimate or remote venues. This work, of such big heartedness and brilliance, is desperately needed!” – Charles Hazlewood – conductor and composer
“The vocal performances are remarkable and the orchestrations are inventive, exploratory and beautifully performed. The entire piece is fresh and youthfully enthusiastic with clear production values on a classical scale.
Surely these musicians and this piece are worthy of consideration for this year’s Mercury prize.” – Ralph McTell