What do you mean by professional-level?

Musicians with the skill, talent, and ability to earn an income from performing music to a professional standard in public. The work of the British Paraorchestra is often featured at high-profile events, festivals and across the media – and we expect our musicians to work at their best under pressure.

What do you pay?

Musicians are employed on a freelance basis. The fee is project specific and any accommodation and travel needed to complete projects is provided.

How do you accommodate access requirements?

We have a dedicated team of staff and volunteers who travel with Paraorchestra musicians when on tour. You’ll be asked to share – in complete confidence – details about your disability or long-term health conditions, plus any access requirements, with our core staff before joining a project so that we may determine how we can best support you. If a musician requires a carer or relative to travel with them on tour, this can be accommodated if necessary.

I’m not sure if I am right for the British Paraorchestra, can we talk?

Of course! If you’d like to speak with a member of our production team, please e-mail applications@paraorchestra.com and we’ll arrange a mutually convenient time to call you and discuss any concerns or questions you might have.

What do you mean by self-identify as Deaf or disabled?

We subscribe to the social model of disability – a disabled person is not disabled by their medical, physical or mental condition, but by society’s attitudes or lack of adjustment to accommodate ‘differences’.

I am not Deaf or disabled, but I’m interested in joining as a musician

Great! We frequently work with non-disabled artists, and are always on the look-out for new allies to join us – not least through Army of Generals, the sister ensemble of the British Paraorchestra. These days, one group rarely goes out on the road without the other, so if you think you have something to offer then please contact us on applications@paraorchestra.com