Our current orchestral forces are 3 1st Violins, 3 2nd Violins, 2 Violas, 2 Celli, Double-Bass (dbl on Electric Bass), Flute (dbl on Piccolo), Oboe (dbl on Cor Anglais), Clarinet (trpl on Tenor Sax and Flute), Clarinet (trpl on Soprano and Alto Sax), Clarinet (trpl on Bass Clarinet and Baritone Sax), Bassoon (dbl on Contra Bassoon), 2 Horns, 2 Trumpets, Trombone, Tuba, Guitar, Harp, Keyboard, Tuned Percussion, Kit Percussion, 2  Bagpipers and a Wurlitzer organ!


During the first half of the show instrumentalists and singers are often spread throughout the building and contact with the Conductor is via monitors. The second half of the show is in more of a concert format with the conductor at the head of the orchestra and the choir often in two blocks either side.


All our artistes are versatile and outgoing. They are required to wear full costume and even possibly full skins. Once performances have started there are two a day, seven days a week. Given the frequency of performances, they have to know their stamina and how to pace themselves accordingly. Depping is allowed but carefully monitored, with Deps having to be approved by the Music team. 


A very high level of personal grooming within the orchestra is expected, with them being the central focus of the 2nd half.


All cast members live locally for the duration usually in shared holiday accommodation. Subsistence is included in the fee to cover this. Travel is by car, and those without have to make arrangements with drivers in the cast. Payment is made in several installments, each one of which must be invoiced for. 


The job is hugely enjoyable - they perform to ecstatically happy capacity audiences, and stay in a beautiful part of the world, less than 15 minutes from the coast in North Norfolk.

We at Thursford are committed to having a diverse range of skills, experience and talent working with us both front and backstage, and as such we’re keen for applicants from underrepresented groups to apply; which include those from ethnic minorities, lower socio economic groups, LGBTQ+ community and different backgrounds to ensure we are truly representative of all.

Instrumentalist Application Deadline: 24th May

Instrumentalist Auditions in London: 7th - 8th June

Instrumentalists Start Rehearsals onsite in Norfolk: 20th October

Show Opens 9th November

Show Closes 23rd December

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