Musician Callout 2020/21 FAQs

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. We understand that some of you may not have yet had the opportunity to play professionally – some of our musicians came directly from music college – but you must be of a high standard. The work of 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 fees are project-specific but are in line with Musician Union rates and any accommodation and travel needed to complete projects are 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 an assistant, carer, or relative to travel with them on tour, this will be accommodated.

Will there be an audition?

If shortlisted, you will be invited to a workshop day in March 2021 either in person or online, depending on Covid-19 restrictions and your individual circumstances. We won’t ask you to play or sing ‘set’ repertoire or excerpts or anything like that, instead we ask shortlisted candidates to come prepared with music that best reflects them and their abilities.

The day is designed so we can get to know you, and vice versa. We understand there will always be a degree of stress and nerves in an audition scenario, but we pledge to do everything we can to ensure you feel relaxed and supported in the room, as we would for any Paraorchestra engagement.

If you are invited to join a workshop we will offer more bespoke details on what we need from you and will ask for your instrument and access requirements ahead of the day.

What do you mean by identify as D/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’.

Why are you only recruiting for musicians who identify as D/deaf or disabled?

Whilst we are an integrated orchestra one of our key remits is to represent and provide a platform for musicians identifying as D/deaf or disabled. We recognise this group of artists is largely under-represented in the industry.

I think I have what it takes to join Paraorchestra but I have never worked on any projects like the ones you undertake, does that matter?

Not at all. Our key requirements are that you can play to a professional level (in any genre) and are open to – and excited by – new and different ways of making music.

I don’t live in the UK, can I still apply?

Sorry! Applications are only open to residents of the UK.

Is there an age restriction or age limit?

Applications are open to people aged 18 or over and there is no upper age limit.

I would really love to join Paraorchestra but I’m not a musician, are there any other opportunities?

Not currently, but, all other opportunities and vacancies are advertised on our blog so please keep an eye on our social media channels.

I don’t play an instrument to a professional level but I am a composer, can I apply?

Yes – we are looking for musicians, vocalists, music makers/creators of all sorts which absolutely includes composers.

I have another question

If you have another question that is not addressed here, please email and add ENQUIRY to the subject heading.