Opportunity: Musicians needed for Gifford’s Circus

Gifford’s Circus are seeking musicians for the 2016 season. We are a travelling circus, performing around the greens and parks of the Cotswolds and west of England to over 100,000 people a year. The show, directed by Cal McCrystal, combines circus and theatre with a strong musical element.

This years show, THE PAINTED WAGON, is (loosely) Western-themed. We will be playing and devising a mix of both original and cover music; in a multitude of styles; old time, epic film scores, country ballads, ragtime, sacred heart, second line, barrelhouse, spiritual, bluegrass, classical and can-can (!) to name but a few.

We are looking for fiddle players, guitarists, bassists, banjo players, brass players, wind players, keyboard players, percussionists and drummers to make up a 6-piece house band, but other musicians  are welcome to apply. Multi-instrumentalists are especially encouraged.

You would need the ability to improvise, sight read and be willing to have a musical input into the development of the score during rehearsals. Any singing ability would be welcome. You will be an integral part of the whole show; an energetic and enthusiastic approach to performance is a must.

The auditions will be in London mid to late January.  Please bring 2-3 contrasting pieces, and be prepared to improvise or sight-read at the auditions. The season will be from mid-April tip the end of September, including 4 weeks rehearsals at full pay.

You will be performing in an international troupe of jugglers, acrobats, horses, aerialists, puppets, clowns and geese in a tent you have helped put up yourself. Accommodation provided in the form of a vintage circus wagon! This is hard work, but incredibly rewarding.

Contact: musicians@giffordscircus.com 

Closing date: 20 January 2016

Source: Arts Jobs

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