A SWINDON man famous for his musical challenges will be appearing at Glastonbury with his latest orchestral accomplishment.

After creating an orchestra made entirely from users of the London Underground a couple of years ago, Shaun Buswell, 38, has now created the Pilton Pop-Up Orchestra.

It is made up of people who are attending the world-famous music festival and will be performing on a number of stages during the upcoming weekend, including the famous Glade Stage.

The Stratton resident will not say who challenged him but says he is looking forward to the event, which initially started out on a much smaller scale.

“I’m humbled to be given the opportunity to open the Glade Stage on Friday morning,” he said. “It’s a festival with a huge heart and a great focus on community spirit, so I can’t think of a better place to bring together groups of strangers to perform as the Pilton Pop-Up Orchestra.

“What started out as performing just four songs at a secret location has spiralled into performing five shows throughout the festival, including opening one of the main stages. I hope it goes to show that hard work can pay off.”

Their first performance will be opening the Glade Stage at 11.30am on Friday. It will include a special Foo Fighters cover as a “get well” tribute to the band’s front man Dave Grohl, who recently broke his leg, forcing the band had to pull out of their headlining slot.

The orchestra will perform several times on Saturday and Sunday on a number of stages around the site.

In total the orchestra will be playing for three hours, with all the music composed by Shaun, who says the response to the challenge has been fantastic.

“For Glastonbury Festival I’ve spent the past two months writing and arranging over 500 pieces of music, all for just three hours of performance,” he said.

“It might seem like a lot of work, but I like to measure life in memories, not time, so for me it’s been completely worth it. I’m bowled over by the huge response I’ve had for the Glastonbury challenge. Hundreds of emails have flown by over the last month and I can’t wait to see the results of all this hard work.”

Shaun is also returning to the Edinburgh Festival this August for a full run of the festival with his Orchestra Challenges talks. His performances were so successful last time that he is now performing in bigger venues around the country.

This year’s Glastonbury Festival gets under way on Friday, with major acts including The Who, Florence and the Machine, Kanye West and Paul Weller taking to the stage during the weekend.

To find out more details about the challenge and other things he has done, visit www.orchestrachallenge.com.