This was for our 2018 round of recruitment.

If you are looking for information on our Musician Callout 2020 please click here.

Are you a talented, dynamic and professional-level musician who identifies as Deaf or disabled?

Then read on – this is your chance to join the British Paraorchestra at a very exciting time in its development…

The Paraorchestra & Friends is launching a national callout for new musicians to join our ranks, as we continue apace in our mission to reinvent the orchestra for the 21st century.

As ours is no ordinary ensemble, we are not on the lookout for ordinary musicians! Instead, we want to hear from those gifted in the art of communicating their musical ideas with passion and absolute conviction, are fearless in pushing their own musical boundaries and who thrive on collaborating with other musicians and artists.

The British Paraorchestra has grown and flourished beyond my wildest dreams for it since we started it in 2012. Together with its sister orchestra, Army of Generals, it is forging new ground in what a 21st century orchestra can look – and sound – like. Fully integrated in personnel, fully integrated in the amalgamation of orchestral, electronic and assistive technology instruments, it is reaching a massive new audience through main stage performances at Glastonbury, on BBC TV, in multiple dramatic public spaces. With this call-out, we are very excited to discover a new tranche of virtuoso musicians to join us, in the next chapter of this thrilling adventure”
Charles Hazlewood, Founder and Artistic Director of the British Paraorchestra

The Nature of Why at Mayfest 2018. Credit Paul Blakemore

Who are we looking for?

We want new talent who share our love for wild sonic adventures, far beyond the established orchestral repertoire. To date, our musicians have embraced many musical genres – from popular video game soundtracks to music of the baroque, to reimagining electronic pioneers Kraftwerk to climbing inside the hypnotic sounds of American minimalism.

We produce groundbreaking projects across art forms and are looking for musicians who are open to new ideas and diverse collaborations. In The Nature of Why we smashed the divide between audience and artist; our musicians moved (and in some cases danced) amongst the audience, free of music stands and conventional restrictions. Similarly, Anatomy of the Orchestra invited audiences to climb inside the orchestra: an audience of over 1200 people moved in and amongst this giant sonic installation in the foyers of Colston Hall, experiencing their own shifting audio mix as they walked.

We expect all our musicians to have a high level of versatility and technical command of their chosen instrument – regardless of style or genre.

We are uniquely positioned to welcome applications from right across the musical spectrum – it doesn’t matter if you’re a classically-trained violinist, a modular synth player, a jazz singer or a sound creator using assistive music technology – most important to us is the quality and integrity of the music you create.

What can we offer you?

Successful applicants will be invited to join the ‘pool’ of Paraorchestra musicians. From this collective, we approach musicians to join rehearsals and performances on a project-by-project basis, in the UK and internationally. This allows the Paraorchestra & Friends a maximum degree of flexibility when putting together future plans, and ensures musicians are suited to the projects and opportunities they are offered. Our flexible orchestral model means many of our musicians are able to protect other income streams (such as other performance engagements, teaching or working outside the music industry).

taken from above stage right showing full orchestra lit by psychedelic lights, patterns of yellow and blue across musicians and stage

kraftwerk re:werk credit Lily Holman

What are the application criteria?

Eligible musicians applying to join the Paraorchestra need to be over 18 years of age, resident in the United Kingdom, self-identify as being Deaf or disabled and have mastered their instrument to a professional level.

How do I apply?

Online via a web form: You can submit your application via this online form giving basic details about yourself and links to examples of your work. Click here to apply online.

If you have any access requirements, require the application form in an alternative format, or need support putting in an application, please contact us on or call 0117 909 6301

Have some more questions?

Please visit our frequently asked questions page here.

If you would like to have an informal chat before putting in an application please send us an email on or call 0117 909 6301 and we can arrange a phone conversation.

What happens next?

The closing date for this round of applications is Friday 30th November 2018. We’re a small team so please bear with us if you don’t receive a reply straight away – we aim to get back to everyone within 30 days.

We have no plans to hold formal auditions to join the Paraorchestra, instead if we’re interested in developing a relationship after receiving your application we may ask you to join a workshop, meet informally with our Associate Music Director or attend one of our rehearsals.