Welcome to the Tinderbox Project, a dynamic hub for youth music and arts in Edinburgh.

Bringing together young people and professionals from around the city, the Tinderbox Project is a vibrant mix of orchestras, bands, artists, voices, colours and cultures. We provide a range of workshops, programmes, festivals and public events, aiming to inspire young people and involve them in the exciting contemporary arts scene in Edinburgh and beyond.


2014 Scotsman Fringe First award
2013 Scottish Jazz Awards nominee – Innovation and Education awards
“Rave Culture meets last night of the Proms” The Herald
“A spectacular modern band” The Guardian
“An Orchestral Revolution” Edinburgh Evening News

What’s On

Tinderbox Orchestra –  Gig at the Jazz Bar Sunday 27th September 4pm-5pm (£3)

  • We will be performing an eclectic mix of our favourite songs, and a taster of our live composition and improvisation project The Spontaneous Orchestra! A fusion of instruments and styles, Tinderbox brings together some of the most exciting young musicians in the city with some of its best bands, composers and artists. Come and experience out truly unique sound and go on an orchestral journey like no other! We are raising money to record our debut album this year.  (1A Chambers St, Edinburgh, EH1 1HR)

Tinderbox Orchestra – 5th Anniversary Tinderbox Fest – Saturday December 12th – Roxy

  • The Tinderbox Orchestra will celebrate its 5 year anniversary with a huge orchestral concert and one-day festival showcasing all of the wonderful music, art and people that have been part of its journey so far.  Featuring Frontiers, Journey of a Thousand Wings, Spontaneous Orchestra, Creative Sessions and some of the best band collaborations and orchestral experiments in this time, it will be a fantastic concert and we’d love you to come and celebrate with us.
  • If you are a young musician aged between 14-22 (and grade 5 standard or above), then you can take part in our Autumn term and join us for this concert! Auditions Oct 4th/5th – course will run Sundays 2 – 5pm from Oct 25th! Email admin@tinderboxproject.co.uk for an application form.

Frontiers Orchestra course – a new, inclusive and accessible orchestra aimed at people aged 11 – 25 years old who play any instrument, at any grade or standard, including those with no music experience at all.

  • Applications are now open for the October – December course which starts on the 6th October at North Edinburgh Arts Centre. Places are limited so get your registration form in soon!

    Email admin@tinderboxproject.co.uk for an application form.

Album Recording –  We are in the process of recording our first album featuring a selection of original Tinderbox compositions as well as collaborations with some amazing local bands who we have worked with over the last few years. 


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