Playing in pit bands and cabaret

Did you play an instrument and then come to University and find you didnt have time to keep playing? Musical pit bands could be for you – playing in pit bands is a low commitment way to keep playing as well as an opportunity to have fun and meet new people.

If you are interested, send me (Oli) and email at to get put on the Cambridge Musical Theatre Society (CUMTS) pit band list. Once on the list, you will get information about playing in musicals, operas and other Cambridge shows as well as opportunities to play in CUMTS bar nights and the CUMTS annual Gala night.

If you are interested in getting involved straight away, I am currently looking for a band to play in the Week 5 CUMTS ADC show, Cabaret. Read on for more info…

The show runsfrom Tues 6th – Sat 10th Novemeber with a Thursday AND Saturday matinee.The commitment beyond the show week will be several hours of rehearsal timeas well as a sitz probe, tech and dress which will all be from the weekend before the show goes up. I am in need of players to fill the following parts:

– Pianist/ Repetiteurs * – Drummer – 1 Cello – 1 Viola – 2 Violin I – 1 Violin II – 1 French Horn – 2 Trombones – Reed I (Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Alto/Sop Sax) – Reed 2 (Clarinet, Sop/Alto Sax) – Reed 3 (Clarinet, Tenor Sax) also oboe and horn but not necessary – Reed 4 (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bari Sax) and also bassoon but again not necessary

With regards to the reed parts, ideally I would like to find people who play all the instruments for the individual parts but if you can only say play the clarinet and sax still get in touch.

* I am looking to create a bank of repetiteurs for the rehearsal process but I will also need a pianist to play the piano part in the show – ideally I would like to have a Chief Repetiteur to fulfil this role but I can be flexible.

If you are interested in playing or have any questions regarding Cabaret or the musicians list, feel free to send me an email on


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