Connect with professional performers with Map a Muso

We’re delighted to be partnering with Making Music to share Map a Muso: a new tool to connect orchestras, choirs and ensembles with professional performers all across the UK – and it’s FREE to use!

Map a Muso is a great resource for anyone seeking a musician. Whether you need a boost in your brass section, a few extra singers for your choir concert, a mesmerising soloist or an inspiring musical director, we can help.

It’s easy to find performers based locally using Map a Muso’s matching system You can browse profiles to choose just the right musician for your event or find a replacement in a last minute emergency.

A key part of Map a Muso’s mission is to make the music industry greener, cutting wasted fuel and limiting the costs of travel and connecting performers with gigs and concerts nearby. For organisations looking to improve their sustainability, Map a Muso is a vital resource.

Who are our musicians?

Since launching in the Spring 2023, our directory has grown to over 500 registered users, with more joining every day. Our subscribers are all professional musicians, with skills ranging from the niche (bandoneon! oboe d’amore! strohviol!) to mainstream. They have experience in genres including choral, jazz, pop, symphonic, baroque, folk, contemporary, operatic, medieval, musical theatre and liturgical music. They include singers, orchestral instrumentalists, band musicians, accompanists, organists, harpists, arrangers, composers, conductors and workshop leaders.

Our subscribers include:

Freelancers with BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Chineke!, City of London Sinfonia, Michael Nyman Band, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, English National Ballet, Royal Northern Sinfonia, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Bristol Ensemble, Hallé Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, BBC Concert Orchestra, Heritage Orchestra, Royal Shakespeare Company, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Purcell Orchestra, Florilegium, Gabrieli Consort, Hanover Band, London Handel Orchestra Singers with Ex Cathedra, BBC Singers, The Sixteen, English National Opera, Royal Opera House, Opera North, Opera Holland Park, Grange Park Opera, Birmingham Opera Performers in West End and touring shows like Frozen, Sinatra, Wicked, The Lion King, Evita, Phantom of the Opera, Guys & Dolls, Hairspray, The Wizard of Oz, Cats, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Miss Saigon, Avenue Q, Sound of Music, Blood Brothers, West Side Story, Chicago, Stomp Lost & Found, Legally Blonde, Top Hat Musicians with pop, contemporary, folk, jazz, rock and dance artists like Sir Elton John, Adele, Beverley Knight, Bryan May, The Beach Boys, Rick Astley, Rod Stewart, Katherine Jenkins, Alfie Boe, Andrea Bocelli, Idina Menzel, Michael Bublé, Burt Bacharach, AC/DC, Boy George, The Temptations, Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, Take That, Noel Gallagher, Ne-Yo, Kylie Minogue, Dame Shirley Bassey, George Harrison, Taylor Swift, JLS, McFly, Peter Gabriel, Imogen Heap, Ellie Goulding, Laura Mvula, Lewis Capaldi, Lemar, Madness, Snow Patrol, Stereophonics, Placebo, Elbow, Damon Albarn, Duran Duran, Paul Weller, Florence + the Machine, Symphonic Ibiza, Pete Tong, Ravi Shankar, Joni Mitchell, Gryphon, Hawkwind, Tony Bennett, Jamie Cullum, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Jools Holland, Wolf Alice, Sting TV and film performers appearing on Strictly Come Dancing, Royal Variety Performance, X Factor, Jools Holland, The Brit Awards, The Proms, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Gladiator And in workshops with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Resound, Alina, Theatr Clywd, Lost Chord, Streetwise Opera, Royal Opera House Education, Music & Management, Create Arts, Dancemind, Live Music Now!

How does it work?

With a few clicks you can create your gig, inputting the date, location and other key details such as rehearsal and performance timings. You can then search for the instruments, voice types or other skills you need. The system will match your requirements with performers who want to work in your area.

You can then view performers’ biographies and publicity photos from your list of search results, and choose musicians with just the right skills and experience for your event.

You can opt to send out one gig offer and wait for a reply or - if time is of the essence – send  multiple offers out at once. You'll be able to see when the performer has read your offer.

The performer will receive a text and an email alerting them, which links to all the details of your gig. They’ll get in touch with you directly to let you know if they're available.

It’s FREE to search for a musician and to send out a gig offer. All our performers are listed in the Map a Muso directory.

Case study: Sussex Symphony Orchestra

‘It was the Orchestra’s 30th anniversary event, so a big one for us. On the morning of the concert, our oboe/cor anglais player discovered she had Covid – and we were due to play Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture, with a huge, beautiful cor solo in it!

A colleague said, ‘This is just what Map a Muso is for!’ so she entered the concert information on her phone and sent out some gig offers to performers. We found a replacement within 10 minutes. It works brilliantly from a fixer’s point of view – the player was fabulous and the concert was a big success. We were all delighted that Map a Muso solved the problem for us. It's such a great resource for groups like ours.’ - Mark Andrew James, Sussex Symphony Orchestra

If you’d like to know more about Map a Muso, you can find us at – or drop us a line with any questions. We're always happy to help!

Susie and Tamás

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Map a Muso is a family business, built and run by Susie (a cellist) and Tamás (a software engineer).