Unique is an overused word but the Lost And Found Orchestra certainly merit that description. This was a tour de force of rhythm, inventiveness and playfulness which earned them a long-standing ovation from a highly diverse and enthusiastic audience. This two-hour show (including an interval) is on one level simply great fun and a Christmas treat for all but the youngest children; but on another level there is a lot of highly sophisticated music with complex choreographed sequences in which the dancers also help to play the music.
Using a huge range of objects and materials, the Lost And Found Orchestra produce a remarkable sound world that at times seems far eastern, at times African, and at times western classical – especially the wonderful closing choral sequences performed by members of various local choirs.
Steve Wrigley, a Brighton composer and musician, is one of the creative forces behind this spectacular show alongside co-creators Steve McNicholas and Luke Cresswell (the latter pictured above) but above all it has been forged by a team. The performance is also truly a team effort in which each of the performers seems to play almost every “instrument” at some point.
The enormous range of materials used cannot be listed or described here but you can, for example, produce a wonderful sound with a violin bow and an oscillating saw.
The sound is always well balanced too; notes played on wine glasses and bottles are as audible as drums and bells.