Spotlight On: The People’s String Foundation

Here at Spot On one of our main jobs is to bring fantastic artists to Lancashire. Well, that’s been scuppered at the moment! But we’re not an easy bunch to keep down, so we thought, that while we can’t support artists in our usual way, or bring you fantastic shows we’d switch our spotlights from the stage to the web as it were.

This week we are putting the spotlight on one of our Spring 2020 artists who should have been coming to Lancashire with their show ‘Res Publica and The Virtual Orchestra.’ Here The People’s String Foundation tell us a little bit more about themselves and how they’re working to make their virtual Orchestra even more “virtual!”


1. Who are you and where are you based?

We are The People’s String Foundation and are based in the South West of England, from Wiltshire to Cornwall


2. What do you normally do?

We are a gypsy orchestra that performs with as many as 32 musicians or as little as the two founding members and composers, Ben and Zaid. When not gigging we work for a few theatre companies writing and performing original scores.


3. What are you doing at the moment? 

Currently working on how to bring our “virtual orchestra” show and live album Res Publica to a digital platform. Collaborations with film makers and artists have begun, and we hope to bring a slightly different version of our piece out in the next few months.


4. Where can people find you?

We are on all the usual social media sites, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Perhaps the best resource is our website: where you can hear our music, watch videos and learn more about us and our previous work.


5. Your top tip for staying creative/inspired/busy while at home? 

Our top tip for staying creative is to allow nature to re-invigorate you. If you are lucky enough to live somewhere where you can take a walk into a field, out to a coastal path or simply into the garden, let the ancient and omnipresent character of nature remind you that life is varied, full of imposing dangers and tranquil beauty and that there are stories and metaphors everywhere, if you only take the time to look.

Find out more about The People’s String Foundation:

On Facebook, Twitter and on their website.

Are you a Lancashire based artist or creative? We want to put the spotlight on you! To get involved email Stephie ( with your answers to the questions above, a photo of you or your work, and all your online and social media links.

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