On Saturday, September 1st 2012 at 12.30pm, Trinity Orchestra took to the sunny Electric Picnic mainstage for the second year in a row. As the crowd began to sprawl across the grass, the orchestra began to play their way through Pink Floyd’s incredible 1973 album, Dark Side of the Moon, for one last time.
Joining a line-up of world-famous artists like The Cure, The Killers, The XX, Sigur Ros and Elbow on the mainstage over the weekend, we were delighted to see such an enormous crowd gathering before and during our set, swaying and singing along to huge Pink Floyd hits such as Time, Money and Great Gig in the Sky. By the time the second half of our Pink Floyd set at last drew to an unwelcome close with the immensely popular Comfortably Numb, the crowd were not ready for it to end just yet. We quickly switched conductors, and launched into a contrasting encore set of Stevie Wonder, which was a roaring success, with the audience not missing a beat until the very end when Trinity Orchestra reluctantly left the stage. We could not have asked for a better Electric Picnic experience.
Trinity Orchestra would like to extend thanks to festival co-ordinators POD, to John Kearns and all of our great sound tech crew, to all of orchestral players, singers and band, and our two great photographers Sophie Murphy and Tara Thomas. Huge thanks also go our to our fantastic conductors Matt Rafter and Peter Joyce, arranger of Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ for Trinity Orchestra, James O’Leary, without whom this gig certainly could not have gone ahead, and finally to Peter Joyce and Alex Ryan, who arranged Stevie Wonder for Trinity Orchestra.
“The orchestra bend and twist those Floyd tunes, infusing them with great drama and playful experimental psych frills, while the vocalists help to weave things even further and wider. At the end of the set, they add a flurry of Stevie Wonder covers. The sun’s out and the Orchestra finish to a sea of wide smiles. Hit.” - Irish Times