Roll up, roll up and be part
of Sgt Pepper celebrations
CALLING all musicians and entertainers! The team behind the incredible
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'
are on the
hunt for local musicians and performers to be part of one of the biggest and
most ambitious events in the festival programme.
Mr Kite's MUSICIRCUS! is inspired by the album track Being for the Benefit of Mr
Kite and will see the largest ever musicircus take over Aintree Racecourse, on
Sunday, 4 June 2017.
Musicircus is the brainchild of legendary American music experimentalist John
Cage, and in its simplest form, sees a huge group of people come together in a
large space, and play different extracts from different songs simultaneously;
creating an unforgettable cacophony of sound.
The Aintree spectacular will be completely dedicated to the Beatles, and so the
team are on the lookout for musicians, vocalists, circus performers, dancers and
poets who can perform, or perform to, any Beatles track (not just those from the
Sgt Pepper album) to volunteer to be part of this world premiere event.
It is hoped that a variety of people will apply to be part of the extravaganza; amateur or professional. It's open to:- church groups, choirs, cadets, bands,
soloists, family groups, music which covers classical, jazz, brass, pop,
experimental and world music genres, as well as dancers, circus acts, music
hall, vaudeville, spoken word and any other performance artists who can come
together to create an atmosphere of fun and anarchic spirit
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.
Based on who volunteers and what tracks people can play, a brand new score will
be created by the New York based John Cage Trust, and this composition will be
performed on the day.
Audiences can expect to hear a large number of tracks, just not necessarily the
entire song, or in any particular order; for example, walk in to Aintree
Racecourse and you may be greeted by a brass band playing the chorus of Hey
Jude, follow the route and come across a poet reading the second verse of I am
the Walrus, followed by people dancing to the opening bars of Penny Lane.
The key is to expect the unexpected.
Producer of the overall Sgt. Pepper programme, Culture Liverpool's Alicia Smith,
said:- "This is an incredibly ambitious piece of work which pushes the
creative boundaries and is without a doubt a once in a lifetime opportunity for
the performer and the audience.
Mr Kite's MUSICIRCUS! is not a simple concept to get your head around, but we
know that Merseyside is full of talented musicians and performers, and with
their help this will quite simply be a mind blowing experience for everyone
We wanted to pay homage to 1 of the most influential albums of all time with a
series of events befitting of such a well respected and art influenced piece of
work, and with more than 2 weeks of eclectic activities taking place in the City which brings together international and local talent, we are incredibly
proud of Sgt Pepper at 50: Heading for Home.
I encourage as many people as possible to volunteer to play a role in what we
hope will be the biggest ever musicircus and a landmark event in this region's
Anyone interested in being part of this free event should log on to
the events official
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.
Performers must be 16 years or older, if not in a supervised or family group.
Under 16s can still perform but must apply and attend as part of a supervised
group e.g. Scouts, Cadets, Youth Orchestra, family group etc.
Performers need to stay for the entire program,
on Sunday, 4 June 2017; from artist registration at 1pm, to the end of the show, at
Performers need to be as self sufficient as
possible i.e. bring own music stands, music, chairs, instruments; there will be
no backline provided and no allocated dressing rooms.
There will be no opportunity to have access to
power, unless previously arranged with the team.
The event will be performed mostly in the open
air, weather permitting. If covered space is an essential you must let the team
know when applying.
For further information please visit:-
SGTPepperat50.Com or send them an
Arrest in suspected £3.8m
offshore Tax fraud
1 woman has been arrested in Cheshire
as part of a HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) joint investigation with the Dutch
authorities into a suspected £3.8m million Tax fraud involving offshore bank
On 4 April 2017, 28 officers from HMRC searched 1 residential and 1 business
addresses within Manchester and Macclesfield areas, while properties in the
Netherlands and Austria were also raided. Cash, computers, business and personal
records were seized in the UK and in the Netherlands assets including property,
luxury vehicles and bank accounts were seized.
Paul Maybury, Assistant Director, Fraud
Investigation Service, HMRC, said:- "We are working closely with our
partners in the Netherlands and Austria to tackle suspected Tax evasion.
The vast majority of Taxpayers pay the Tax they owe, but where we suspect people
aren't paying what's due, we will use our full range of powers to ensure that
nobody is beyond our reach. People cannot hide money offshore thanks to this
Businesses that commit Tax fraud are not just stealing from the public purse,
but also have an unfair advantage over honest businesses who pay the right
Taxes. If anyone has information about Tax fraud, please contact the new HMRC
Fraud Hotline on:- 0800 788 887."
2 addresses were searched in the UK as simultaneous searches took place at 2
residential properties in the Netherlands and 1 residential address in Austria.
Those arrested have been interviewed and released pending further enquiries.
HMRC launches new Fraud
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has
launched a new hotline for the public to report fraud and evasion in the fight
against Tax fraud.
This service will replace the two separate Tax evasion and customs hotlines with
1, streamlining HMRC's intelligence gathering on Tax fraud.
Customers can report all kinds of Tax fraud and evasion on the new hotline,
including PAYE and National Insurance fraud, undisclosed offshore investments,
non-payment of the National Minimum Wage, Tax credit fraud, failure to pay UK
duty, Tax evasion and VAT fraud.
Jennie Granger, HMRC's Director General for Customer Compliance, said:-
"Information provided by the public is a crucial element of HMRC's work to close
the Tax gap, so it's vital that the reporting process is as simple and
accessible as possible. The HMRC Fraud Hotline will form an important part of
our intelligence gathering operations to bring in more money for the Exchequer
and the country. We encourage the public to continue to work with us and report
any suspected fraud or evasion to us for investigation."