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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 (dbl on Sousa), Guitar (trpl on Acc, Elec and Banjo), 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 in two blocks either side.


All our artistes are versatile and outgoing. They are required to wear full costume. Once performances start, there are two a day, seven days a week. Given the frequency of performances, members of the orchestra have to know their stamina and how to pace themselves accordingly. Each seat holder is entitled to a dedicated deputy with them having been approved by the Musical Director. 

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 (over 1,400 seats), 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 under-represented groups to apply; which include those from all ethnic backgrounds, lower socio-economic groups, the LGBTQIA+  community and different backgrounds, to ensure we are truly representative of all.

Instrumentalist Application Deadline: 9th May, 2024

Instrumentalist Auditions in London: 17th May, 2024 (With a possible further date TBC)

Instrumentalists Start Rehearsals onsite in Norfolk: 20th October, 2024

Show Opens 8th November, 2024

Show Closes 23rd December, 2024

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