The Saturday Book

The musical score was a highlight of the entire show, perfectly crafted by composer and musical director Sarah Llewellyn to suit each individual act.

Elaine McLaren –

circus band picture clarinet euphonium banjo trombone photo by Andrew Rees

Sarah composed for and conducted the fabulous Giffords Circus 10-piece live band, swinging from Victorian curiosity shops, through jazzy dare-devil acrobatics, to the head-spinning 50s, with tantalisingly toe-tapping tunes.

Director: Cal McCrystal

Producer: Nell Gifford

Composer: Sarah Llewellyn

The Album

“Pumping, pulsating, growling, ethereal, rhythmical and swinging”

Relive the best moments from Gifford’s Circus’ most glamorous show in sound, recorded by the Giffords Circus band @ Steve Winwood’s Studio, Wincraft Studios Produced by Tonal

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circus band black and white in victorian costume photo by Shadow Play

The Band

James Keay: Band leader, Piano, percussion, voice
Claire-Rose Barbier: Voice, Trumpet,
Beth Schofield: Tenor sax, flute, piccolo, recorder, clarinet, voice
Louise Marsland: Baritone & alto sax, clarinet, flute, voice
Penny Callow: Cello, flute
Gemma Fuller: Trumpet, voice, percussion
Garance Louis: Accordion, voice & percussion
David Insua-Cao: Principle percussion, voice

The score by Sarah Llewellyn, has a raw sound that gives the show an edge and spontaneity which is lacking in productions that use recorded music. The genre sites somewhere between Spike Jones City Slickers and the Temperance Seven

King Pole Magazine

The musical arrangements, costumes, and choreography have reached the peak of perfection

Kendra –

Brilliant music performed by the comical and very talented house band kept the up-tempo pace of the show running throughout. Everything combined beautifully to provide one of the most entertaining family shows I have seen in years.

Inatizzy – Cirencester People

The band really add to the live and spontaneous enjoyment factor – superb music with a hint of burlesque

Debi Evans – Audience member

More of Sarah's work with Giffords Circus

composer sarah llewellyn in victorian dress photo by Shadow Play

Musical and show highlights

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