Author(s)/Editor(s): Christopher M. Reeves and Aaron Walker, Forward by Gavin Bryars
Publisher: Soberscove Press
Dimensions: 150 × 240mm
The World’s Worst: A Guide to the Portsmouth Sinfonia, the first book devoted to the ensemble, examines the founding tenets, organizing principles, and collective memories of the Sinfonia, whose reputation as “the world’s worst orchestra” underplays its unique accomplishment as a populist avant-garde project. While seemingly a niche musical anecdote, the story of the Portsmouth Sinfonia engenders wide-ranging conversations that touch upon the legacy of interdisciplinary art pedagogy, the power of popular music, the investment necessary in order to work and learn together, and the effects of destabilizing canonization. The unorthodox journey of the orchestra unfolds here through interviews with original members and their publicist/manager, photographs, previously uncollected archival material including ephemera and internal documents, an essay by co-editor, Christopher M. Reeves, a foreword by Gavin Bryars, and more!