Last chance for musicians to sign up to be part of Sgt Pepper 50 celebrations

IT’S the last chance for musicians and performers across Liverpool and the wider region to be part of a never-before-seen Musicircus.

 

So far, more than 400 people have signed up to be part of Mr Kite’s MUSICIRCUS! – an event inspired by the Sgt Pepper album track Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite and will see a huge group of people come together at Aintree Racecourse, to play or perform different extracts from different Beatles songs simultaneously – creating an unforgettable cacophony of sound.

Those who have already volunteered to be part of the FREE unique event on Sunday 4 June include guitarists, drummers, the Chinese Youth, dancers, choirs, poets, orators, rock ‘n’ roll bands and aerialists. And there is also some four-legged support as horses from the Aintree Equestrian School will also be taking part.

However, the deadline to sign up is looming – 5pm Monday 8 May – and the team behind the event are still on the hunt for brass bands, jazz and classical instrumentalists, Irish ceilidh performers, mariachi bands, circus acts, marching bands and even opera singers!

The spectacular is dedicated to the Beatles, so anyone who volunteers must be able to perform, or perform to, any Beatles track.

Sarah Vasey, Arts and Participation Manager for Mr Kite’s Musicircus!,said: “We are delighted with the take-up so far, and the reaction from groups and individuals across the city and beyond extremely positive and they can’t wait to be part of this world premiere event.

“We want to make sure visitors to Aintree Racecourse on 4 June have an unforgettable, fun family day out and we’re keen to attract a diverse range of performers who can give an interpretation of tracks we know and love.

“It really will be a once in the lifetime opportunity and I encourage as many people as possible to sign up and be part of this landmark cultural moment.”

Pagoda Arts has signed up to take part and the youth orchestra and dancers will be at Aintree in June. Director of, Zi Lan Liao said: “We are so pleased to be part of the Sgt Pepper event – the fusion of Beatles songs being played on Chinese musical instruments will be incredibly special, and we’ll also give a Chinese dance and taichi performance.”

Anyone interested in being part of this free event should log on to www.sgtpepperat50.com/mr-kites-musicircus and fill in the online form which details what tracks can be performed, what instruments can be played, how may performers in your act etc. Questions or queries can be directed to 0151 233 0200 or emails can be sent to cultureliverpool@liverpool.gov.uk

All volunteers are encouraged to come in costume or simply come dressed colourfully, and although there will be no rehearsal, acts will be contacted ahead of the event to confirm what they are playing/performing on the day, and where in the racecourse they will be located.

The spectacular is part of Sgt Pepper at 50: Heading for Home – a series of celebrations marking 50 years since the release of iconic album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It is set to be a fantastic experience not only for the performers but for the audience as well. The Musicircus will run from 2pm – 5.50pm on Sunday 4 June at Aintree Racecourse, accessible from Aintree Rail Station.

For more information head to www.sgtpepperat50.com

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