Job ad: Isobel Griffiths Ltd – Trainee Orchestra Contractor (aka Fixer) (London/Hybrid)

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By | Published on Monday 6 February 2023

Isobel Griffiths Ltd is the leading Orchestra Contractor in the UK, booking musicians for major feature films, television programmes, video games, records, commercials, live shows and production music. We are a small, friendly team based in London.
We are seeking a TRAINEE ORCHESTRA CONTRACTOR (aka Fixer), to cover maternity leave, offering hybrid working – either from our London office or from the London recording studios with the option to work from home for 1 or 2 days a week, depending on the week’s agenda.  Fixed 1 year contract but with the possibility of it being extended to a permanent role at the end of the term. Immediate start, or subject to applicant’s notice period.

Freelance orchestral and specialist musicians are booked by us for Feature Films, Video Games, TV Film Scores, Records and TV Commercials recordings. We are responsible for budgeting musicians’ fees in accordance with the Musicians’ Union rates and regulations and booking those musicians to attend recording sessions. Day to day email/telephone contact involves liaising with musicians and their diary services, composers, producers, arrangers, recording studios, record labels, TV and film production companies.

• Full administrative role requiring attention to detail and complete accuracy with all documents, budgets and messages.
• Ability and character to work to deadlines and under pressure.
• The demands of a creative services business requires an ability and a willingness to work when necessary over and above contractual job hours and attendance at sessions will be required for those projects taking place on evenings or weekends.
• Patience, plus a calm and friendly telephone manner are essential with great communication skills.
• Administrative accuracy and flexibility in working hours are paramount.

General Duties:
• Preparing necessary Musicians’ Union paperwork in advance of sessions.
• Clients / Composers liaison – taking detailed requirements from client / composer and preparing budgets to provide musicians’ costs in accordance with Musicians’ Union rates and regulations.
• Familiarisation with the various Musicians’ Union agreements.
• Checking musicians’ availability and securing them for sessions.
• Attending recording sessions (after completion of training) to ensure the session is run in accordance with Musicians’ Union guidelines and dealing with client queries.
• Computer programmes used – Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel)

Experience: Some experience in an Orchestra management type role preferred.

Hours: 9.30am – 6.00pm Monday to Friday

As noted, flexibility to work additional hours is also required when appropriate. Sessions taking place on evenings/weekends will need to be covered once trained, although these hours can be recovered by taking time in lieu.

Paid Holiday: 20 days per annum + Public Holidays.
Salary: In the region of £25,000 to £28,000 p.a. dependent on experience

Please apply by 17th February with covering letter and CV to [email protected]

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Ozzy Osbourne Wins Two Grammy Awards For ‘Patient Number 9’

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(hennemusic) Ozzy Osbourne won a pair of Grammy Awards for his latest album, “Patient Number 9”, during the 2023 edition of the annual event on February 5 in Los Angeles.

The project was honored as “Best Rock Album” ahead of releases by The Black Keys, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Idles, Machine Gun Kelly and Spoon, and the rocker took home the prize for “Best Metal Performance” for the track “Degradation Rules”, which features his Black Sabbath bandmate Tony Iommi on guitar.

Producer/guitarist Andrew Watt and bassist Robert Trujillo accepted the 2023 awards on Ozzy’s behalf. Osbourne’s thirteenth album was nominated for four awards, but the record was bested by other projects in the “Best Rock Performance” and “Best Rock Song” categories.

“Patient Number 9” sees Osbourne working with a core lineup of Watt, Trujillo, Zakk Wylde and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, and guests including Iommi, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses, Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters, and Chris Chaney of Jane’s Addiction.

Read more and watch video of the acceptance speeches here.

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Trevor Noah makes Grammys joke about Harry Styles’ “panties”

Trevor Noah made a joke about Harry Styles as part of his monologue at the Grammys.

The comedian hosted last night’s (February 5) 65th Annual Grammy Awards, which saw Styles take home the big prize of Album Of The Year for Harry’s House, as well as wins for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

As part of his opening, Noah made quips about a number of stars in attendance, at one point going over to Styles to praise his success.


“Women throw their panties at this man and then he puts them on and he looks better in them than they do,” he joked.

“Easily the world’s sexiest man. He’s the sex symbol of the globe, especially now that they’ve killed off the green M&M. No competition,” he added, referencing the recent scandal over the redesign of the green M&M.

Speaking after winning Album Of The Year, Styles said: “I’ve been so, so inspired by every artist in this category with me at a lot of different times in my life. I listen to everyone in this category when I’m alone.

“I think on nights like tonight, it’s obviously so important for us to remember there’s no such thing as best in music. I don’t think any of us sit in the studio making decisions based on what is gonna get us one of these. This is really, really kind. I’m so, so grateful. This doesn’t happen to people like me very often and this is so, so nice. Thank you very much.”

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Harry Styles CREDIT: Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

During his monologue, Noah also praised Beyoncé‘s album ‘Renaissance’, quipping: “Her album ‘Renaissance’ was better than anything from the actual Renaissance, in my opinion. The Renaissance was just pictures of grapes and stuff.”

During the ceremony Beyoncé broke the record for most decorated artist in Grammys history, surpassing classical musician Georg Solti’s record of 31 Grammys.

The ceremony was opened by Bad /Bunny with a performance of two songs from ‘Un Verano Sin Ti’, while Migos’ Quavo honoured late bandmate and nephew Takeoff during the In Memoriam segment. The ceremony also featured a star-studded celebration of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary, which featured stars including LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes.

There was also a win for an Iranian singer-songwriter, who took home the inaugural Best Song For Social Change Award, while Viola Davis achieved EGOT status. Kim Petras also paid tribute to SOPHIE as she became the first trans woman to win Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

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Skate Rockers JFA Returning With New Album ‘The Last Ride’

Skate punk legends JDA have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album, “The Last Ride”, in May. Earshot Media sent over these details:

If you ever wondered what the hell happened to real from the heart, blazing fast, solid running, tight as nails, old school to the bone, genuine 1980s born and bred, backyard pool inspired skateboard punk, let not your heart be troubled: It lives!

JFA is back with their first studio album in way too long and you don’t even have to be a hardcore skateboarder or old school punk aficionado to pick up the heavy sound they’re putting down. But it damn sure wouldn’t hurt.

The songs on THE LAST RIDE (out May 2023) range from the lying liars and their deluded followers actively attempting to dismantle everything that ever made America great, to barreling surf music, dewatered swimming pools, good punkers gone but not forgotten, and the searing truth that asphalt has taken a piece out of everyone who’s ever ridden a skateboard down a hill.

But fret not, the album’s title does not indicate the imminent demise of the OG Skate Rock band that launched a thousand stage dives.

As founding guitarist Don Redondo puts it, “Last ride refers to ‘one more’ at the end of a skate or a surf session. You either bring it (get a killer ride) or sometimes go for it to the point of slamming hard. Nobody does a safety run after saying ‘one more’ – while many skaters won’t even say ‘one more’ out loud (the mojo is that strong).”

Or, as Brian Brannon, original JFA singer, practitioner of blatant vocalism, two-time gracer of the cover of Thrasher Magazine, and the dude filmed rolling down a slide multiple times into a bone dry cement desert pond in the 1989 Santa Cruz Skateboards Speed Freaks video says: “Everyone should just live.”

Driving, thumping, toneful bass on THE LAST RIDE is once again provided by Corey Stretz (The Blades, The Crowd, China White, The Outsiders), throwing down a melodic rhythmic pummeling of the deep end.

Meanstreak-while, hard pipe-hitting, multitimbral, Animal from the Muppets, punk rock style drums is provided by Jamie Reidling, who was once a teen drumming delinquent hailing from the parking lot of the infamous Cookoo’s Nest. His musical rap sheet rattles off the likes of The Cadillac Tramps, Shattered Faith, Big Drill Car, U.S. Bombs, Die Hunns, TSOL, and Devils Brigade [with Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman of Rancid].

We’re talking tight, raging, musical, skate punkitude all around. Johnny Come Lately’s, try to keep up.

Get THE LAST RIDE while it lasts.

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Tony Visconti responds to claim that “Harry Styles is the new David Bowie”

Tony Visconti has responded to the suggestion that Harry Styles is the new David Bowie, shutting down the claim that the former One Direction star is worthy of the comparison.

The American producer, known for being a lifelong collaborator with Bowie, took to Facebook in the early hours of this morning (February 6) to share his views on the 65th Annual Grammy Awards which took place in Los Angeles yesterday (February 5).

“What’s the difference between the Grammys and Las Vegas? Nothing!” he wrote as a status.


He then followed up to share his view on Styles, who won Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for third solo album ‘Harry’s House’ and also performed his hit single ‘As It Was’ live.

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Harry Styles performs onstage during the 65th GRAMMY Awards at Arena on February 05, 2023 in Los Angeles, California (CREDIT: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy )

“Someone just told me that Harry Styles is the new Bowie?” Visconti added in his own comments. “From what I saw tonight he’s not worthy of shining in his shoes.”

Visconti’s partnership with Bowie spanned nearly 50 years, first collaborating on 1969’s ‘Space Oddity’ and working intermittently on 10 albums in total until final album ‘Blackstar’, released two days before the legendary musician’s death in January 2016.

Followers agreed with Visconti in the comments, with one writing: “There will NEVER be anyone that’s the new David Bowie he is in a class of his own always will be unique.”

Another added: “Thank you , thank you, thank you Tony for saying what so many of us are thinking.”


One person also shared that they’d heard the same comparison upon the release of Styles’ debut self-titled solo album in 2017 and “immediately said ‘nope’. Bowie was one of a kind and irreplaceable”.

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David Bowie posing for a photo in 1971 to promote ‘Hunky Dory’. Credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

They continued: “That said, as the parent of a teen, I appreciate Harry. He inspired my daughter to learn to play music.”

Earlier this year, Visconti recalled a previously untold story about a “goosebumps” moment he experienced while recording Bowie‘s song ‘Weeping Wall’.

Last year, he also embarked on a UK tour called ‘Tony Visconti: The Best of Bowie’ where his band performed hits from Bowie’s back catalogue.

Meanwhile, the big four awards at the Grammys went to Styles (Album Of The Year), Lizzo (Record Of The Year), Bonnie Raitt (Song Of The Year) and Samara Joy (Best New Artist).

You can find the full list of winners here, and also check out the best moments from the 2023 awards here.

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