If you need this information in a different format, please email Hannah on email@example.com.
Coventry City of Culture 2021 in partnership with Coventry Pride is excited to hear from local LGBTQI+ musicians who would like to form part of our Queer music ensemble!
The Coventry City of Culture Trust was set up in 2015 to bid to be the UK City of Culture in 2021. Now that we have been successful in securing the prestigious title, we are working to build a cultural programme that reflects Coventry, its people and its ambitions for the future. We are a diverse, modern city that is re-imagining the role culture can play in bringing people together. Coventry is a city of welcome, a city of activists and pioneers, a city of peace and reconciliation, a city of innovation and invention, a City of Culture.
The Trust is committed to:
The programme for the year will feature large scale mass participation spectacle and intimate moments of wonder. music, dance, theatre and poetry as well as many more celebratory cultural and heritage experiences in every ward of the city. The programme will touch on the city’s rich history, heritage and diverse communities whilst taking a bold, future-facing approach, exploring narratives about the most pressing issues for our citizens, country and planet in the years to come.
About the Project
Coventry Pride presents this event in the Cathedral Ruins for a special performance of classical and contemporary music, celebrating the best of LGBTQI+ musicians in the region. Inspired by the story of gay composer, Benjamin Britten, who wrote the War Requiem op.66 for the consecration of the new Cathedral in 1962, this new Queer music ensemble will play together in Coventry for the first time ever.
Kicking off the first of a series of events in co-production with Coventry City of Culture 2021, this concert invites groups and families of up to 6 to pack a picnic and join us for this momentous and uplifting experience. Personal stories and presentations from the musicians will accompany the selected musical pieces, unearthing unheard voices and the lived experiences of Coventry’s LGBTQI+ music community.
Coventry Pride is a local charity in Coventry, which exists to support, celebrate and advocate for LGBTQI+ communities. In partnership with Coventry City of Culture 2021 is excited to hear from local LGBTQI+ musicians who would like to form part of our Queer music ensemble!
You need to be able to learn music quickly (playing by ear or by sheet) and you should be confident and proficient in your playing – enough to play along with others well.
We are looking for anyone 18+ who lives within the CV postcode area.
If selected, you will work with a brilliant Musical Director to familiarise yourself with the musical set and you’ll be invited to help to shape the storytelling elements of the show.
The music for the event will be a mixture of timeless classical pieces and more modern numbers, including well known Queer musical pieces.
If selected, each musician will:
*Please note not all stories will be able to be featured that are submitted due to event timings, but we will endeavour to feature all stories on our Pride website.
We are open to musicians playing any instrument but the final orchestral group will be decided on the arrangement of the Music Director.
Each musician should have the following skills, experiences and qualities:
We work with people from a wide range of backgrounds, and we are keen to hear from a diverse range of candidates with different perspectives, experience and knowledge. We particularly welcome interest from disabled candidates as well as Black, Asian and people of the global majority who are LGBTQI.
Successful musicians will be paid a stipend of £650
If you meet the criteria above, you will be selected based on the recordings you send by a Musical Director. They will choose an ensemble of musicians who play a range of instruments they believe will complement and create the best sound for the concert.
Please present your Application as follows:
Please send all Applications to Hannah@coventrypride.org.uk by 9am on July 1st
Deadline for Applications: 9am on July 1st
Successful candidates notified by July 6th
Rehearsals: Saturday 10th July (Daytime) & Friday 16th July (eve)
Performances: Saturday 17th July (all day)
Access and Support Statement
We are committed to ensuring everyone can take part in this opportunity. If you have specific disability support requirements, please get in touch using the details below to discuss how we can meet your support or adjustment needs.
We would appreciate it if you would complete our Equal Opportunities Form when you submit your application. This data is anonymous but helps the Trust to understand who is applying for our creative opportunities, ensuring that we are constantly working to share them as widely as possible.
If you have any questions, have disability access support requirements or would like any assistance with the language and terminology in this document please contact Hannah Graham (Lead Producer) firstname.lastname@example.org who will be able to discuss further and/or arrange support for you.