what is rhapsody

Rhapsody is Live Music's annual show, taking place in the Shaw Theatre on Euston Road. Rhapsody features arrangements of popular songs in ways you have never heard them before, which are then musically directed, produced and performed by our society, and this year we aim to use around 100 musicians, from choirs to brass to drummers (and a vibraphone player!) Rhapsody 2019 will have not only large numbers, but small chamber groups in between each number. The ideal large scale Rhapsody arrangement is one that is not achievable in a normal setting  - ie with your average band. For this reason, many of our numbers encompass large choirs or the inclusion of classical instruments into a classic band set-up, not only making the pieces more impressive on stage, but also allowing the mixing of individuals from different musical backgrounds.

 

RHAPSODY 2017

WINNER OF BEST BLOOMSBURY 2016/17

"The audience gets whisked away to an electric musical world by extraordinary performances from the UCLU Live Music Society." - Pi Media

"Bloody fantastic show honestly, best thing I’ve seen all year" "Not only was the energy fantastic throughout, but bloody hell can people sing" "The talent in Live Music is ridiculous." - Drama Queens

 

CAST INTERVIEWS

 

Rhapsody footage: Danté Kim. Interviews: Nick Mastrini. Editing: Nick Mastrini and Hannah Macpherson

 
 

Gallery

 

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Musical Directors

Musical Directors (or 'MDs') form an integral part of our show by being in charge of directing, rehearsing and shaping the performance of a song to be performed on stage in the show! They will work with their cast to bring the arrangements to life! Think you have what it takes to be responsible for your own number(s)?

Both large scale numbers and chamber group pieces are available, and we will support you along the way!

To be considered, fill in the application form by Oct 5th and we will shortlist applicants for interviews in the following week, before sending out decisions on Oct 12th

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Assistant Producers

We are currently on the lookout for Assistant Producers. Simply fill out this application form if you want to work with the producers to help bring the show to stage! You will assist with creative and administrative aspects of the show and have a chance to put forward your own ideas to make the show even better!

To be considered, fill in the application form by Oct 5th and we will shortlist applicants for interviews in the following week, before sending out decisions on Oct 12th

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Performers

Rhapsody couldn't happen without an abundance of musicians from different musical backgrounds and genres. Whether you have never sung outside your shower or you are a regular on the gig circuit with your metal band, we would love you to audition for us.

The dates of the auditions will be anounced soon and there will be a Facebook event. If you are curious as to the parts we have available, have a look below. If your instrument is not listed, please do not be put off auditioning since we will happily write in parts for capable musicians should it fit a song (especially brass, we love brass)

Rhapsody 2018

 
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Dark Horse - Katy Perry

Heartless - Kanye West

Invaders Must Die - The Prodigy

Δ - alt-J

Arctic Monkeys Medley

Disturbia - Rihanna

Human - Rag’n’Bone Man

Simon & Garfunkel Medley

Hey Ya! - OutKast

Smile - Lily Allen

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough Sax - Michael Jackson

Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson

Lady Gaga Medley

Knights of Cydonia - Muse

Crazy - Gnarls Barkley

The Silence - (Depeche Mode x Mike Oldfield)

Leave Out All the Rest - Linkin Park

A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out - Panic! at the Disco

Black Horse and the Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall

Riptide - Vance Joy

Everyday Is A Winding Road - Sheryl Crow

Mika Medley

Grand Piano - Nicki Minaj

What About Us? - P!nk (Curtain Call)

Rhapsody 2017

 
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Radioactive - Imagine Dragons

Mad World - Tears For Fears

Seven Dreams (The White Stripes x Eurythmics)

Someone Like You - Adele

Mercy x Warwick Avenue - Duffy

Pompeii - Bastille

Do Your Bills  (Basement Jaxx x Lunchmoney Lewis)

Keep The Car Running - Arcade Fire

Supermassive Black Hole - Muse

Tribute To Prince

Strawberry Jam (Guitar Battle)

Shake It Off - Taylor Swift (Curtain Call)

 

Rhapsody 2016

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Propane Nightmares - Pendulum

Fireflies - Owl City

Thinkin' Bout You - Frank Ocean

Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley

She Wolf - Sia

Wake Up - Arcade Fire

Guitar Battle

Little Talks - Of Monsters and Men

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John

Stevie Wonder Medley

Wolf at the Door - Radiohead

Bruno Gets Lucky (Bruno Mars x Daft Punk)

 

Rhapsody

 
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Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap

Some Nights - Fun.

Uprising - Muse

James Bond Medley

Viva La Vida - Coldplay

Imagine - Elton John

Duelling Guitars

Hysteria - Muse

Dog Days Are Over - Florence and The Machine

AVAILABLE PARTS

Vocals

Mixture of lead voice types required. Some of these are in stripped back chamber-style groups, some are in large numbers.

Individual backing vocals

Acappella group – SATB + beatboxer

Multiple choirs – SATB

Strings (In both large numbers and in quartets/quintets for chamber groups)

Violin

Viola

Cello 

Percussive Cello (in a quintet)

Double Bass

Woodwind

Flute

Clarinet

Oboe

Alto Sax

Tenor Sax

Baritone Sax

Brass

Trumpet

Trombone

(Any other brass: we plan to write in more brass parts for eg French horn if there are people available to play!  A part written especially for you.. how exciting)

Guitar/similar

Acoustic

Electric

Mandolin

Banjo

Electric Bass

Keys

Piano/Synth (there are many of these parts in different styles and difficulty levels)

Accordian

Rhythm/Percussion

Drumkit - of varying levels of difficulty and style!

Electronic drumpad (possibly)

Cajon

Individual floor toms

Tam Tam

Vibraphone (likely limited rehearsal time but some prominent parts)