A unique celebration of popular culture’s obsession with the electric guitar.

GUITARCHESTRA was an inter-generational electric guitar / bass ensemble and series of concert outcomes as part of the 2021 Adelaide Guitar Festival.

Conceived by SA composer Matthew Timmis, and creatively produced by OSCA, GUITARCHESTRA generated an unprecedented opportunity for an incredibly diverse range of 60 amateur and semi-professional guitarists aged from 12 to 80 to participate in an inclusive creation process and  unique performances of new experimental music.

This project is the latest in a series of large-scale, community-based works by Matthew that have included a re-scoring of the classic silent film Nosferatu for multiple players and Car-cophony, a performance piece for 12 cars, auto enthusiasts and their stereos which appeared at the 2013 Sydney Festival.



Artists Involved

Project Partners

Supported by the City of Port Adelaide Enfield, the 2021 Adelaide Guitar Festival, Renewal SA, Umbrella Festival and OSCA

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Our mission is to provide artists and non-artists with opportunities to create contemporary works that explore local ideas and new way of coming together in the public domain.

OSCA acknowledges we work on Kaurna Land – always was, always will be.

OSCA is funded by Arts South Australia. We also receive project support from the Australia Council, the City of Port Adelaide Enfield, Country Arts SA and the City of Onkaparinga.