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Flute and Bass Clarinet (doubling Bb clarinet) wanted to act and play in new opera.

Flute and Bass Clarinet (doubling Bb clarinet) wanted to act and play in new opera.
I’m the composer of a new opera for Bury Court called Mad King Suibhne. Two of the roles in the opera are played by instrumentalists, the bird by a flautist (who we would like to be more physical, active and playful) and the stag by a bass clarinet (who is more peaceful and calm as a character). It’s chamber opera in seven scenes, about 1:15 minutes long and has six singers. The bird and the stag are onstage for three of the seven scenes (scenes 1, 5 and 7), with the stag making two very short appearances in two more of the scenes. When they are not on stage playing their role, they are in the pit playing with the band (with bass clarinet doubling clarinet). The role will consist of movement (not dance) and acting. We are interested in musicians and players who would be excited by the idea of movement, acting and creating a character (rather than dancers who play).
There is a link to the vocal score here so you can see the onstage part for singers, bird and stag with piano (there will also be a band part eventually that includes your off-stage music);
The vocal score part above would need to be memorised and rehearsed in staging rehearsals (mostly off copy for the first rehearsal). As you can see from the part, I write music that is lyrical, and isn’t too difficult to memorise. You can also hear this from two recordings I made of the opera here; and
Below are the rehearsal dates (staging, band rehearsals and so on). Dates in bold are compulsory. Rehearsals are in the Toynbe Studios and King’s College London Strand Campus. Rehearsals for the final week are in Bury Court. Travel to Bury Court will be provided;
16th, 10:00-13:30, 14:30-17:00
17th, 10:00-13:30, 14:30-17:00
18th, 10:00-13:30
19th, band rehearsal, 10:00-13:00 wind sectional
21st, 10:00-13:30
22nd, 10:00-13:30
23rd, 10:00-13:30, 14:30-17:00 (just stag)
24th, 10:00-13:30, 14:30-17:00
25th, 10:00-13:30
26th, full band rehearsal, 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00
27th, 10:00-13:30
28th, 10:00-13:30
1st, 10:00-13:30
2nd, TBD, 10:00-13:30, 14:30-17:00
3rd, 10:00-13:30, 14:30-17:00
5th, full band rehearsal, 10:00-13:00 and 14:00 – 17:00
Bury Court (Farnham, Surrey);
6th, 18:00-21:00
7th, 14:00-17:00, 18:00-21:00
8th, 13:00-16:00, 17:00-20:00
10th, dress, 19:00-22:00
11th, performance, 5:30 start
12th, performance, 5:30 start
In addition to this I’m very happy to play through the piece as a music rehearsal before rehearsals start.
The total fee is £1000 with an extra £100 expenses. If you are interested we are holding auditions this Sunday, February the 5th, from 16:00-19:00 at King’s College London, Strand Campus. Please PM me to book a slot at with a CV included and a details on your availability re the above schedule. Please bring with you a solo unaccompanied piece of your choice and bars 17-30 of Scene 1 from the vocal score, link here (this doesn’t need to be memorised);
All the best,
Noah Mosley
Noah Mosley | BMus
Music Director – Helios Collective
Twitter: @NoahMosley
T: +44(0)7792 493330

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