The Invisible Orchestra is a 28-piece orchestra made up of various Nottingham musicians, as well as touring members of internationally known bands such as The Specials, Bad Manners, The Beat and The Lee Scratch Perry Band. They play a range of big band, dirty soul, funk, Arabic punk and classical music.
Expect to see a 16-piece brass section including saxophones, tuba, trombones, trumpets and cornets. Alongside this there is a double bass and a string quartet including, violins, viola, cello. Topping it all off are a Hammond organ, a piano, sound fx, guitars, drums and a percussion section not forgetting four special guest vocalists.
Behold the musical stylings of The Imaginary Hat; a blend of rock, punk and 1920s jazz, resulting in a band that's as distorted as it is danceable. Through characteristically dark and absurd lyricism (think Cole Porter meets John Cooper Clarke), their songs explore the pitfalls and pleasures of 21st Century life. Since forming in 2014, the band has rapidly gained a reputation for energetic live performances full of onstage antics and spontaneity. 2018 saw a new and expanded line-up, with a powerful brass section of trombone, saxophone and clarinet.