British Choirs on the Net

This is a new free listing for choral vacancies and associated opportunities. These will be removed as they pass their closing date. Please mention 'British Choirs on the Net' when applying.

Please email details of any choral vacancies to Phillip Tolley

Please also remember to email me when you have filled these posts so that you do not continue to receive applications after the event.





Conductors/Musical Directors
 
The Melody Choir of Barton Seagrave, Kettering, are searching for a new Musical Director.. This community run mixed voice choir is around four years young, priding ourselves in a superb social vs choir-life balance. Currently at around 35 members, we are an SATB choir of all abilities, showing steady and positive growth. Singing an array of music from show songs to A Capella pieces, the choir adapt to the requests with 110% enthusiasm. The Melody Choir are known within the community as regular performers, giving back to the community and opening arms to potential ‘family members’. The choir love to compete in competitions all over the Northamptonshire area including local Eisteddfods, whilst singing at organised concerts to raise money for selected charities.

As the new Musical Director, you will be driven for getting the best out every member of the choir whilst enjoying the family ethos that we have. We have a strong foundations with both Choir and Financial Managers, and a strong committee, that you can utilise as support. We simply ask for your musical experience, motivation and dedication to the choir. Working as a team, we will all bring the best out of the Melody Choir. Please note that we are driven by the motive of the whole choir and not a select few and we hope you can respect this. Check out our website – www.themelodychoir.com For more information or to enquire about the role, please contact myself (Michelle Cade, Choir Manager) themelodychoir@hotmail.com. Interviews commence: Monday 20th May - Final decision made: week commencing 24th June - Start date: TBC

[Posted 19 April - Closing date 17 May 2019]


Magic Voices are looking for an excellent Musical Director in Lancaster and Morecambe as we are opening new contemporary choirs in these areas. Our repertoire is largely Musical Theatre/ contemporary, original musical arrangements by a West End Musical Director. This will be a large choir and we are looking for someone with a warm, friendly, engaging personality. Keyboard skills are essential. If you wish to apply for this position or have any immediate questions, Please send a C.V to info@magicvoices.co.uk.

[Posted 19 April 2019]


Sheen Gate Choir, South West London seek Director of Music. Sheen Gate Choir has been established for nearly 10 years. It is non-auditioned SATB amateur choir which meets weekly on an academic year term basis working towards one major concert featuring a major choral work each year and other projects during the year. Current active membership is around 40 singers. We rehearse weekly on Tuesday nights, 8-9.30pm in either a local school or in Christchurch, East Sheen.  We try to perform a major work every year, as well as other smaller concerts throughout the year and involvement in local charity events.  We have an ambitious approach to repertoire and a commitment to develop our members in musical skill and sensitivity.  When funds allow, our Summer concert involves accompaniment with a small chamber ensemble or orchestra and a mix of professional soloists and voices from within the choir.  Otherwise, our concerts are accompanied from the piano. Choir finance, administration and communication is carried out by a small committee. The musical director is supported in rehearsal by a professional pianist accompanist. The current musical director is leaving due to other long-term commitments.

The successful applicant will demonstrate 
Necessary

● A high aptitude for choral conducting
● Substantial knowledge of the choral repertoire, including classical (sacred and secular), folk, contemporary, jazz and popular styles
● A high level of organisation including communication and forward planning
● Ability to teach singing to those without prior experience within the context of the weekly rehearsal
● Ability to work as part of a team alongside a pianist and committee in rehearsal and preparation of yearly programs of study (committee meetings 3 – 4 times a year)
● An imaginative approach to programming high-quality, saleable concerts
● A friendly, calm, personal approach, with an ability to have fun, whilst being committed to inspiring a commitment to sincere and polished musicianship in others
● A commitment to the choir’s sustainability as a valuable local community resource
● Ambition to prepare high quality performances at least twice a year
● Ability to fix instrumentalists for small-scale chamber and orchestral concerts at least once every 2-3 years.

Desirable

● Vision for developing the choir through occasional workshops
● Proven ability in arranging large-scale works for smaller ensembles
● Commitment to prepare and participate in one international tour every two years
● A vision for expanding the choir’s partnerships with other community music and art groups
● Vision to establish long-term financial stability of the choir


Successful applicants will be shortlisted for invitation to an interview with sub-committee and a trial rehearsal with the choir. To apply, please submit a CV with covering letter to Lesley Morley, chair of the committee at lesley.morley1@gmail.com.  Please also feel free to contact Lesley for more information. http://http://sheengatechoir.co.uk/

 

[Posted 11 April 2019 - 31 May 2019]


Musical Director wanted for Songbirds Choir, Cardiff. Songbirds is a community choir, set up in 2012 for LGBT+ women and non-binary people based in Cardiff. We are an upper voice choir and currently have three parts. We rehearse every Monday from 7.30pm at City United Reform Church in Cardiff city centre.  Songbirds Choir is a family - the ethos of the  choir is acceptance and fun; we are a community, and we place more importance on inclusivity than being note-perfect though we do work very hard to create a beautiful sound. We are looking to appoint a professional  musician with the appropriate skill and experience in leading a choir to fill the post. We are a choir for all self-defining LGBT+ women and non-binary people and are seeking to appoint someone who will be excited about working with a diverse and varied group of people, and who can appreciate and value the different backgrounds of our members. For further information please visit email songbirds@post.com .  Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview on 24th June. The selection process will consist of a panel interview followed by a 25 minute audition. Further information will be provided to shortlisted candidates.  Remuneration to be discussed at interview. To apply for the post please send a cover letter and CV to to songbirds@post.com

[Posted 7 April 2019 - Closing date 3 June 2019]


Manchester Community Choir - could you be our new musical director? Would you like to lead an enthusiastic, motivated and friendly 100 strong SATB a cappella choir, building on the firm foundations of founder directors, Faith Watson and Jules Gibb, Carol Donaldson and, for the last eleven years, Liz Powers? We are looking to recruit a new Musical Director who will prepare materials, conduct rehearsals and lead the choir at a number of public performances each year, including some performances away from Manchester.  We are a performance choir,  appearing regularly at events in Manchester and further afield such as the annual Street Choirs Festival, which we are hosting in Manchester this year! We aim to combine singing for pleasure with performing to the very best of our ability. We sing songs in English and sometimes in other languages. Songs from all over the world with themes of equality, peace and respect – with some pop classics added in for fun. We learn by ear so members do not read from printed music, are not auditioned and do not sing solos.

Our new Musical Director should
• have experience of conducting community choirs

and should be able to
• create a positive rehearsal environment for all singers and develop the vocal abilities of all four parts of the choir
• enhance the current repertoire and deliver performances of a high standard
• be a good communicator, with a good sense of humour and be confident socialising with the choir
• prepare SATB teacher tracks (for use by members only) for our website
• work effectively with the Trustees, and with suggestions from members, to provide a varied programme
and be willing to
• attend Trustee Meetings. This is usually about 3 times a year, to ensure the smooth running of the choir
• attend and report to the choir AGM  and any Special General Meetings

THE SELECTION PROCESS
• suitable candidates will be interviewed by a small number of the Trustees
• a short list will be invited to take part in a rehearsal with the choir
• the Trustees will meet to make the final decision
Start date will be 1.9.19 (with a 4 month mutual trial period.)
Terms: Freelance, self employed, hourly fee to be negotiated according to qualifications and experience. The Musical Director's position is paid on the basis of rehearsals conducted and performances, plus a fee for attending Trustee Meetings.
The Choir rehearses at Didsbury Baptist Church three times a month; on the first Sunday of the month from 4-6.30pm and on two Monday evenings from 7.30-9.30pm. (These arrangements can be negotiable from the start of the new year in September.)
Further information about the choir is on our website: manchestercommunitychoir.org.uk  and on our Facebook page. Please contact Margaret Seaby, Chair of Trustees with any questions: recruitment@manchestercommunitychoir.org.uk

TO APPLY
Please email your CV with a covering letter explaining how you meet the requirements we have listed above, including your expression of interest in this opportunity, with names and addresses of two referees to: recruitment@manchestercommunitychoir.org.uk - Interviews will be held in May 2019.

[Posted 7 April 2019 - Closing date 3 May 2019]


The Hill Singers Chamber Choir is looking for an energetic Musical Director, from September 2019, to help it develop, in an area of S.W. London, which has a number of choirs competing for singers and audience. It is hoped that the successful candidate will envisage at least three seasons, with the choir. Based in the London Borough of Merton, the choir operates, largely, in ‘term time’, from mid-September to late June. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings, between 7.30pm and 9.30pm at ‘The Lantern’, SW20. The aim is to have 9 or 10 rehearsals for each of our three concerts. Currently, choir numbers are around 25 voices, ranging from people relatively new to choral singing to some very experienced choral singers. The choir is keen to add to its numbers, particularly its 2 tenors and 5 basses.

All concerts are currently held at St Matthew's Church, SW20, which has a good acoustic, organ and upright piano. Audiences range between 60 and 110.    Music performed by the choir ranges from 16th century unaccompanied motets to works by contemporary composers, such as Bob Chilcott and Morten Lauridsen. Notable performances in recent years have included: Rossini’s ‘Petite Messe Solonnelle’, Tippett’s spirituals from ‘A Child of Our Time’ and Mozart’s ‘Requiem’. Secular music is also very much part of the choir's performing tradition, with music ranging from Sting’s ‘Fields of Gold’ to Rodgers and Hart’s ‘Blue Moon’.  See more about the choir and its music on www.hillsingers.co.uk

Concert dates for the 2019/20 season: all on Saturdays, 7th Dec 2019; 21st March 2020 and 20th June 2020. Applications for the post, including a C.V., should be made to Peter Clayton, Chairman, email, peter0349@aol.com Shortlisted applicants will be invited to audition at a choir rehearsal in early May or early June.

[Posted 7 April 2019 - Closing date 30 April 2019]


Musical Director required for Od Dalby Singers. The Old Dalby Singers are a 30-strong SATB community choir based in the well-known Vale of Belvoir village. The non-auditioning choir consists of both readers and non-readers and has grown in ability and reputation since its establishment in 2003. We are seeking to appoint a highly committed, enthusiastic and suitably qualified Musical Director to maintain and further its development as our present MD is relocating in July 2019. We are looking for someone with some suitable conducting experience, strong communication skills, an ability to motivate and inspire and a good sense of humour! We rehearse each Tuesday evening, 7.30 til 9.00pm, in Old Dalby Village Hall and produce two concerts a year, one around June and the other at Christmas. The singers try to use fresh and greatly varied material for each term as learning is a major part of our ethos as is enjoyment. New music selection is a democratic process in which we would wish the MD to be involved. The post comes with a fee paid for each rehearsal and concerts, dependent on the experience and qualifications.  Applicants should contact our chair, Russ Hamer for further details via our website at http://www.olddalbysingers.site/

[Posted 3 April 2019]


Collegium Singers is looking for an energetic and enthusiastic professional musician to work with our auditioned chamber choir of 24-28 able amateur singers based in the Taunton area. The right candidate will preferably be a singer themselves with experience of working with choral groups and have appropriate varied repertoire and the ability to share expertise.  Ability to demonstrate technique and maintain good ensemble is expected and sufficient keyboard skills to assist in rehearsals is desirable. The group performs a wide range of genres, from mediaeval to the present day, and is keen to work with the new Musical Director to explore interesting repertoire.  It has employed professional instrumentalists when appropriate for one/two performances per year.Eight weekly rehearsals (currently Monday evenings) are usually held prior to each of three or four annual concerts, which are held in a variety of venues in the area. Remuneration is £100 per weekly rehearsal and £450 per concert (to include all preparation and rehearsal on the day). Interviews to be held 10th June and auditions July 1st and July 8th. The post is available from January 2020. A full job description and further information about Collegium Singers are available from the Chair, John Edwards: john.edwards2@me.com. For more information on the choir see: www.collegiumsingers.org.uk

[Posted 3 April 2019 - Closing date 17 May 2019]


The Ilkley Choral Society (est. 1949) and the Otley Choral Society (est. 1943) wish to appoint a new Director of Music, commencing January 2020. These two well established, autonomous choirs sing together for the majority of their concerts but rehearse separately under the same MD. Usually 2 concerts are given in Ilkley and 2 in Otley each season. Current choir strengths are Ilkley c80, Otley c60. Ilkley rehearse on Monday (Christchurch, Ilkley) 7.30-9.30 pm. Otley rehearse on Tuesday (Prince Henry Grammar School, Otley) 7.00-9.00pm. We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic MD to develop and nurture these two choirs into the future. For further information on the choirs, find us on Facebook and Twitter or see our websites, www.ilkleychoral.org.uk and www.otleychoral.org.uk For further details of the position, please email liz.franks@btinternet.com

[Posted 2 April 2019 - Closing date 31 August 2019]


St Peter’s Hale Cheshire PCC is seeking a Director of Music. Our current Director is leaving after 3 years to develop her freelance conducting career. St Peter’s is an Anglican Parish Church with a strong choral tradition. Our volunteer adult choir of 16(SATB) sing at our main Sunday morning service each week, two evening services a month and at major festivals. Choir practice currently Thursday evenings. Members of our congregation are keen to support our choir and are appreciative of the choir’s commitment. The Director of Music is responsible for overseeing and developing the ministry of our choir working alongside our organist to offer high quality accessible church music for our Worship. This requires 6/8 hours per week including Sundays and choir practice currently Thursday evenings. Salary £6,000 pa. For further information on either position please contact Norma Entwisle -0161 980 3043 entwisle@uwclub.net To apply please submit CV to above e mail address. Closing date 15th May - interviews shortly afterwards.

[Posted 2 April 2019 - Closing date 15 May 2019]


St Nicholas Church Shepperton seeks a Director of Music and Organist, able to lead Christian worship sensitively, with a familiarity with Anglican traditions and a willingness to experiment. He or she will have overall responsibility for the musical life in the Church. This entails directing Sunday services consisting of a weekly Sung Eucharist and monthly Choral Evensong, and also playing piano/keyboard at the 11.15 am Alternative Worship service, which takes place weekly on Sundays in term time. The role includes leading and developing our robed SATB choir (12-16 members) and supporting other musicians. On occasions it will be possible to have the assistance of a visiting organist. We are located to the west of London (Kensington Episcopal Area of the London Diocese) and have a rich and enthusiastic musical tradition. There are exciting opportunities for development and outreach, including with the local Church of England Primary School and in taking visiting choirs to cathedrals. Remuneration would be according to RSCM rates, based on experience and ability. For more details, email chris_swift@tiscali.co.uk

[Posted 2 April 2019]


Whitstable Choral Society seek Music Director. Applications are invited for suitably qualified persons to apply for the post of Musical Director for the Whitstable Choral society. The society has been running since 1932 and performs in a variety of locations in the Whitstable, Canterbury and Herne Bay area including Canterbury Cathedral and University. The choir is 120 SATB strong and performs major works 3 times per year, including future and recent works such as Elgar Dream of Gerontius, Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana”, Dvorak’s “Stabat Mater”, and Requiems by Brahms and Mozart in addition we hold our annual Christmas Carols concert in St. Alphege Church, Whitstable. We have a very talented piano accompanist and a chorus master who together work with the Musical Director to ensure our performances strive toward excellence. The society aims to bring a high standard of choral works to people in East Kent. Based in Whitstable Kent, rehearsals take place between 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm on Tuesday nights during term times. The Musical Director’s position is paid on the basis of rehearsals conducted and concert performances. We are a registered charity.
Ideally our new Musical Director should:

  • Have experience of conducting large choral groups and ideally also some experience of conducting both choir and small/medium orchestras.
  • Create a positive rehearsal environment for all.
  • Be willing to work alongside our accompanist and Chorus master to deliver excellent performances.
  • Work with the committee to plan a varied programme at least 12-24 months in advance.
  • Attend Society Trustee meetings three times per annum to ensure the smooth running of the choir.
  • Audition choir members as required.
  • Develop the choir member’s vocal abilities -  to enhance the society’s current repertoire.

The selection process:

  • Suitable candidates will be invited to meet with a small number of the trustees.
  • A short list will be invited to take a rehearsal of the choir.

Start date of the appointment will be 7th January 2020.

To find out more details – please contact the Chairperson, Mrs Georgina Baker by phone – 01227 906307. To apply please email a CV and a short letter to secretary@whitstablechoral.org.uk

[Posted 13 March 2019 - Closing date 30 April 2019]


The parish of Boughton under Blean with Dunkirk, near Faversham in Kent, is seeking a Choir Director for our small church choir.The choir sings every Sunday at either 10am or 10.30am at one of the village churches within our benefice, as well as at other occasional special services throughout the year.   You would be required to attend rehearsals for these services in Boughton on a Wednesday evening. We have a very experienced and talented organist who accompanies both the rehearsals and services.

There is lots of potential to grow the choir and expand our repertoire of worship music. We are happy to pay any reasonable expenses.If you are interested in this position, please contact Revd Jean Burrows for further information, by email to jeanburrows@jeanius.me.uk 

[Posted 6 March 2019]


West Hill PCC are seeking a Choir Director and an organist. On the west side of the Otter Valley, West Hill is a woodland village of some 2,000 residents. St Michael’s Church is an early Victorian building [centrally heated] seating 120 with an integrated church hall with a full kitchen and a disabled lavatory. The church has recently been equipped with a full AV and sound system. West Hill is in the Exeter Diocese and part of the Otter Vale Mission Community. The regular congregation is around 50 increasing to over 200 for the main Christian festivals.

Choir Director
There are currently six Sunday services each month, four with music [two Holy Communion] and two said HC services. There is a robed choir of about a dozen singers who accompany three of the services. The choir leads the congregation and occasionally sings an anthem but with greater contributions for special services. Services at the principal festivals are naturally fuller. Currently the choir practise once a week.

Organist
The organ is an Allen, 2 manual, digital organ with 42 stops. It is maintained in excellent order. The organist generally plays four Sundays a month but a relief arrangement is possible. Weddings and funerals will be by separate arrangement.
A rota of organists is possible if there is an interest from two or three people in committing to less than four Sundays a month.

For further information please contact either:

Revd. Mac Dick T – 01404 371064
Richard Bonnie T – 01404 812 370
E-mail stmichaelatwesthill@gmail.com

[Posted 4 March 2019]


Knot Another Choir is a mixed, fully inclusive, non auditioning choir based in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire and we are currently seeking a new musical director to work with us. We were formed 6 years ago and currently have 40 members, although we would like to grow with the help of the new MD. We are a mix of readers and non readers of music and currently sing all a Cappella but we would be open to start singing some accompanied material as well. We rehearse on Thursday evenings in Knaresborough North Yorkshire. Website http://www.knotanotherchoir.co.uk/

We are looking for an experienced MD who motivates and inspires the choir. We need you to have energy and be full of enthusiasm, self confidence and have fantastic communication skills. You will be fully supported by the choirs committee who do all the day to day running of the choir leaving you to concentrate on the musical aspects of the choir. We sing at many local events and attend festivals further afield. We have a concert in the Spring, regularly attend the Street choirs festival and have a busy run up to Christmas.

The position is to start on the 5th of September 2019. End date for applications is the 21st of March 2019 The selection process will take place in April . Please send your CV and a letter telling us why you’d be a good MD for us to Julie Bradbury-Sharp at jbradburysharp@gmail.com (07926027676) If you’d like our full job description either message or phone me.

[Posted 2 March 2019 - Closing date 21 March 2019]


Dynamic Edinburgh Choir- Audacity- Seek Choir Director Audacity is a high quality non-profit performance choir, based in Edinburgh, who specialise in close harmony a capella using beautiful arrangements. Established in 2017, our goal is to perform a wide and dynamic repertoire, developing our skills as singers and giving back to the community. Audacity seeks an experienced and energetic choir director to lead the choir in 2019. The choir rehearses on Wednesdays at Bruntsfield Evangelical Church from 7-9pm. The working hours are two hours of rehearsal each week and the time needed to be ready for rehearsals and performances. The successful Choir Director will work with the Audacity committee to ensure the functioning of the choir and ability to perform at a range of events, under their direction, throughout the year.

Responsibilities include:

  • Selecting and/or arranging the music Audacity will perform;
  • Managing all choir rehearsals;
  • Developing and inspiring the choir with a mix of songs from warmups and simple arrangements to more complex pieces.
  • Teaching new pieces in a supportive way, mentoring choir members through rhythmically challenging parts, so that the choir is performance ready;
  • Auditioning potential choir members;
  • Maintaining the standard Audacity sets for itself articulated in its vision
  • Supporting  the choir's development in e.g. their tuning, listening, blending, breathing, care of the voice.

Applications:
A copy of your Curriculum Vitae should be emailed to: Audacity Committee, using the Subject Header: Audacity Choir Director Application, at: admin@audacitychoir.co.uk  
There is no set date for applications but we are looking to appoint a new Choir Director to start in April, so if this sounds like to role for you, please email the Audacity Committee as soon as possible. All applications received will be acknowledged.

Interview and Rehearsal:
Short-listed applicants will be invited to a short interview with the Audacity Committee on a Wednesday prior to rehearsal. Following interview, you will be asked to conduct the choir in rehearsal with items from the current repertoire as well as your own song choices/arrangements.  

[Posted 1 March 2019]


ACHORD, a small, enthusiastic, mixed voice choir which rehearses in Finchley on Thursday evenings URGENTLY requires a musical director to start immediately. The successful applicant must have patience and a sense of humour as the choir is mostly non music reading . He or she must be able to teach and accompany as well as conduct and be prepared to re-arrange parts and post note bashes online. The repertoire consists of show tunes and some contemporary songs.
Applicants should contact lauragerlis@yahoo.co.uk

[Posted 23 February 2019]


The Chapter of Ripon Cathedral is wishing to appoint a part time Singing Development Leader. This role is to develop and deliver the outreach and education elements of the Cathedral’s Music Strategy, in particular the promotion of children’s singing in the Cathedral and community. There is the opportunity for the role to be job shared between a coordinator responsible for the administration, and a leader responsible for delivering the practical musical aspects. Please indicate on your application if you are interested in a job share and if so which part of the role you are applying for. The role is part time 24 hours a week during term time (36 weeks), £10,400pa. As this role will be working with children a DBS check will be required as part of the recruitment process. Further information available at www.riponcathedral.info/singing-development-leader-vacancy/

[Posted 21 February 2019]


Côr Bro Ogwr, a registered charity,  based in Bridgend, South Wales is seeking to appoint a highly committed, enthusiastic and suitably qualified Musical Director to maintain and further its development. Its present Musical Director is relocating. We are looking for someone with suitable conducting experience, strong communication skills, an ability to motivate and inspire and a good sense of humour! A genuine interest in Welsh music and the Welsh choral tradition would be an advantage along with experience working with orchestras/instrumentalists. We are a  non-auditioning, mixed choir of 85 voices currently celebrating its 20th anniversary. The choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings and performs three concerts a year as well as touring every two to three years. Recent tours have included Russia, America and Germany. It is currently rehearsing Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light and Fauré Requiem. In July it will be singing Elgar’s Music Makers.
Selection for the post will take place during June in order that the new MD can start rehearsals in September 2019. To apply please send a CV and a short cover letter outlining your suitability for the post to John Trotter at jtrotter246@gmail.com   (01446 773432). Remuneration will be discussed at the interview. For more information about the choir please visit its website  www.cor-bro-ogwr.com

[Posted 18 February 2019 - Closing date 30 April 2019]


Caerphilly Community Chorus is looking for its next inspiring conductor! Caerphilly Community Chorus is a non-auditioning community SA/Men choir for adult members (15 years and above).
Established in 2009, the Chorus sings a broad repertoire of world music. We have ~ 50 members and meet on Friday evenings from 7.15pm – 9.00pm for weekly term-time rehearsals, in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. We currently present three concerts a year along with local community engagements. The successful candidate will have a very good musical background and be able to demonstrate skill and experience in leading a group of this size with wide ranging ages and abilities. Passion and enthusiasm are more important to us than extensive experience of choral conducting. This role is ably supported by an experienced accompanist. The challenge is to retain members’ interest whilst maintaining the standard of singing and developing the choir further.
We have an elected Committee which supports the Musical Director and oversees the running of the choir and its organisation.

Short-listed candidates will called for interview on Friday 31st May. They will also be invited to take part of our choir rehearsal on a Friday evening and meet chorus members, our current Musical Director and Accompanist.Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. Please apply to Chorus Secretary via email to linda.curry46@yahoo.com with a CV and covering letter outlining your suitability for the post.

[Posted 18 February 2019 - Closing date 26 April 2019]


Cheltenham Choral Society (CCS) are seeking an accomplished and established Musical Director to direct and train the choir from September 2019. The role offers the opportunity to prepare the choir for an exciting repertoire of concerts and to work with the CCS Committee to develop the future direction of the Society. You will be a professional musician, with appropriate qualifications, and experience of conducting a mixed voice choir, and an orchestra. Strong interpersonal skills, flexibility and enthusiasm are required, as is the skill to motivate and develop amateur singers of mixed ability. Remuneration and fees are commensurate with experience and expertise, and guided by recommendations made by Making Music and the musicians’ unions.

CCS is a non-audition choir of around 55 members performing public concerts to a high standard. The concert programme is drawn mainly from both the classical and modern choral repertoire. Rehearsals are accompanied by piano, whilst performances are often supported by chamber orchestra or organ. Cheltenham Choral Society (CCS) has recently celebrated its 80th Anniversary.

We rehearse on Wednesdays from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at Bethesda Methodist Church Great Norwood Street Cheltenham GL50 2AP, for around 36 weeks each year, broadly in line with academic terms; we meet in half-term weeks. We typically perform three or four public concerts a year including a Christmas carol concert, in venues around Cheltenham, along with visits to a Cathedral for lunch time recitals, and other occasional events.

Further information and full details of the application process are available on our website, cheltenhamchoralsociety.org.uk or by contacting our Chair, Sue Hartland at info@cheltchoral.org.uk

[Posted 18 February 2019]


Musical Director required for Colla Voce Chamber choir. A vacancy has arisen for an experienced and inspirational Music Director, starting in September 2019, to lead and develop the choir and its repertoire. The successful applicant will have energy, commitment and enthusiasm, have high standards and fast pace in rehearsals. The choir responds well to expressive direction and we are looking for a director with vocal training experience as well as an emphasis on musicality and interpretation. The ability to accompany the choir would be an advantage but is not essential.
The choir has performed a number of large accompanied works and à capella performances.  See the website for details of works performed to date, and listen to some extracts. The choir performs 2 main concerts a year. Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from 8.00pm to 9.30pm.  Rehearsal and concert fees are subject to discussion.

Colla Voce Chamber Choir (www.collavocechoir.co.uk) is one of the leading chamber choirs in the West Midlands, based in the Black Country. The choir currently has 22 singers (SATB) and performs classical choral music from 17th – 21st centuries. Choir members aspire to high choral standards and have good singing and reading skills.

Interested candidates should contact Eleanor Rushbury with a CV and accompanying biog/letter at collavoceinfo@gmail.com by 31st March.  If you'd like to discuss this role further please email or phone on 07815 071179. 

[Posted 11 February 2019 - Closing date 31 March 2019]


Framingham Earl Singers seek a dynamic and inspiring Musical Director to lead our Choir from September 2019 when our current Director leaves us for a new post.
We are a well-established, friendly, 4 part, of 50 members. We rehearse on Monday evenings in Framingham Earl, South Norfolk and enjoy singing a broad range of music. We have two main concerts each year in Norwich and charity concerts in the local area during the summer months. Further information about the Choir can be found on our website: www.framinghamearlsingers.co.uk
Full details of the application process can be obtained from Amanda Lockett: amandalockett@btinternet.com mobile: 07775777404

[Posted 30 January 2019]


The Harborough Singers, a well- established SATB choir, with good local connections, based in Market Harborough are looking for a new Music Director (MD) starting March 2019 to build on the legacy of our 40 plus year history. We are an enthusiastic group of amateur singers with a range of singing and sight reading ability. We enjoy a wide range of music and typically perform 4-5 concerts annually including the occasional choral evensong. We have been privileged to sing in many of the premier choral venues over the years plus Cathedrals such as St Paul’s, Worcester, Coventry, Peterborough, and we have even sung in a salt mine. We are seeking to engage a professional Musical Director with the skills to take this established choir forward.  Depending on the time a new MD can commit to the choir we would expect to pay an annual sum in the range of £2,500 - £4,000.

Our new MD will:

  • Have experience of conducting choral groups and ideally also some experience of conducting both choir and small orchestra
  • Create a positive rehearsal environment for all
  • Be willing to work alongside our associate music director
  • Work with the committee to plan a varied programme at least 12-18 months in advance
  • Meet with the committee regularly to ensure the smooth running of the choir
  • Accompany us on keyboards at rehearsals (if required)
  • Help develop choir members ability to sing more challenging pieces
  • Introduce new ideas for repertoire and venues
  • Help the committee with recruitment and selection of new members

The committee will commit to:

  • Source the music
  • Deal with the administration of running the choir
  • Publicity, ticket sales, rehearsal rosters, recruitment campaigns
  • Fund a rehearsal accompanist ahead of concerts

The selection process:

  • Please send your CV to Jenny Balme with a brief covering note as to what interests you about this opportunity
  • Please contact Nic Cummings (associate music director) or Chairman for further information about the choir
  • Suitable candidates will be invited to meet with this subcommittee members
  • A short list will be invited to take a rehearsal of the choir
  • The final decision will be taken by the committee

Useful contact details: Chairman: Tim Blades – 07976 757352 - Committee member: Jenny Balme 07970 057199 j.r.balme@btinternet.com - MD recruitment sub Committee members: Nic Cummings 07931 573580 and Julie Shaw 07980 405151

[Posted 25 January 2019]


Music Director, Ledbury Choral Society

Ledbury Choral Society is a small, friendly group of about 60 singers. The choir is open to everyone and is not auditioned. It includes a mixture of abilities. Rehearsals take place on Thursday evenings at the Baptist Church in The Homend, Ledbury, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. The choir presents two or three major concerts a year in Ledbury and often has other events such as workshops or ‘come and sing’ days. The choir is active in the local community and takes part in community activities of various sorts – recently this has included a Civic Service (September 2018), Remembrance Sunday ceremonies, carol singing for the residents of Leadon Bank, and carols at Eastnor Castle (as part of the fundraising efforts for Eastnor Church).

We sometimes join with other choirs, such as Newent Choral Society and Bromyard Choral Society, to perform larger scale works. Major choral concerts in recent years have included:

• Haydn Nelson Mass and Vivaldi Gloria
• Chilcott Requiem with Monteverdi Beatus Vir and Handel O Come Let Us Sing
• Mendelssohn Elijah with Newent Choral Society
• Elgar The Kingdom with Bromyard Choral Society
• Brahms German Requiem

There is a full list, together with general information about the choir, on our website: https://ledburychoral.btck.co.uk/. The choral society has been fortunate to have as its Music Director Malcolm Macleod, an experienced choral singer and trainer and an accomplished organist, who has been with us since 2005. Malcolm is due to step down after the summer of 2019 and we are looking for a new Music Director from September 2019. The Music Director is an ex officio member of the choral society’s organising committee, which oversees concert planning, publicity, ticket sales and finances. The Musical Director attends all committee meetings and has a vote on the committee except in respect of payment of his/her fees.

The responsibilities of the Musical Director include:
• To plan repertoire in consultation and agreement with the committee
• To take weekly rehearsals and work to improve the choir’s musical delivery, technique etc
• To conduct all concerts and performances
• To select and engage soloists and advise on any instrumental requirements for concerts
• To attend committee meetings as an ex officio member of the committee (usually three or four times a year)
• To attend and report to the AGM
• To be the public face of the choir and be willing to engage with the local community, promotional activities, interviews etc

Essential qualifications include:
• Experience of directing and conducting choral works
• Knowledge of a wide range of choral music
• Ability to communicate enthusiasm, passion and encouragement to the choir
• A firm, diplomatic, and tactful approach to choir members of varying abilities
• Ability and readiness to work in collaboration with the committee
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview in April 2019 and will be asked to conduct part of a choir rehearsal in early May.

If you would like any more information, please e mail Sharon Smith, Secretary, sharonl260@sky.com.
We welcome applications up to and including March 31st 2019. Please apply with a CV and covering letter outlining your suitability for the role. Please send applications by e mail to Sharon Smith, Secretary, sharonl260@sky.com.

[Posted 20 January 2019 - Closing date 31 March 2019]


Llangollen Male Voice Choir is in urgent need of a Conductor, also an Accompanist and also as many new singers as will join us, to help keep traditional Welsh male voice choir singing alive in Llangollen, in North Wales.

Currently, our number of choristers has reduced to just 10 men and if we cannot find more singers (plus a regular Conductor and Accompanist) then the choir is in real danger of having to close down, after existing for 36 years. This would be a real shame, especially in the home of the world-famous International Musical Eisteddfod.

We are a small, friendly and social choir and any men who wish to come and join us will be made most welcome. We do NOT have voice tests, and singers do NOT need to have previous singing experience, NOR be able to speak Welsh. Our practices are held in the Hand Hotel in Llangollen on Friday evenings at 7.30 pm.

For more info. please contact either of the following people ;- David Smith (Chairman) (01704 - 877325) - Email = drsmith90g@gmail.com - Mrs. Lesley Willis (Secretary) (07711 - 293408)

[Posted 17 January 2019]


Sefton Ladies Choir (based on Merseyside) is looking for a new Musical Director.  Sefton Ladies Choir is a unique, women-only community choir who’ve been performing at concerts and in the community for well over thirty years. We’re a friendly, informal group who share a love of singing. We enjoy a wide range of music – including classics, ballads, folk songs and musicals- as well as more modern compositions.   We usually sing arrangements for 3 voices: soprano, second soprano and alto and currently rehearse every Tuesday evening in Formby, near Liverpool, from 7.30 - 9.30pm, with breaks at Easter, Christmas and summer. Our experienced accompanist is currently helping out as Acting MD, pending recruitment. The role of Musical Director is remunerated.  If you are interested in this position and think you have what it takes, please get in touch and /or send brief details to: Alison Gibbon : Chair T:01704 870497  E: gibwal2008@hotmail.co.uk or Anne Skelton: Secretary T: 01704 877833 E:m.skelton946@btinternet.co.uk  For more information see: www:seftonladieschoir.org.uk

[Posted 14 January 2019]


Maestro sought for Harmont Inpires, Oxford - Could you be our new Musical Director?

Are you looking for an exciting new opportunity?  Do you have the skills to lead an aspirational and motivated group of women who sing four part A Cappella and to help us hone our musical and performance talents?  If the answer is ‘Yes’, we would love to hear from you.

We are Harmony Inspires (http://www.harmonyinspires.org), an enthusiastic, ambitious and friendly forty-strong women’s chorus who aim to build on the work achieved over seven years with our current MD who leaves us in October to pursue other ventures.

We recently celebrated our 10th Anniversary and increasingly compete in Music Festivals including the annual Convention of the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers where we have steadily improved our score.  We are proud of our ability to entertain and greatly enjoy supporting local community events.

The chorus is looking for an energetic and dedicated Musical Director to share HI’s ambition to fulfil its potential.  We rehearse on Wednesday evenings, year round, in Appleton Village Hall near Oxford from 7.30 – 10.00pm.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity please get in touch with Lesley Maitland (lesley_maitland@yahoo.co.uk).

[Posted 14 January 2019]


The Aquarius Singers, a ladies’ choir of 60 members, is looking for a new musical director from September 2019 due to the current musical director retiring. Gill Garside formed the choir 20 years ago. The choir has a varied repertoire from Faure Requiem and Vivaldi Gloria to Highlights from Chicago, via the Beatles, Folk Songs, Christmas music and spirituals. The choir rehearses on Thursdays from 1.30pm – 3pm in the Unitarian Meeting House in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. The choir is highly enthusiastic and has attained a very good reputation locally, where at least 6 concerts are performed annually. Gill would welcome enquiries to gillygarside@hotmailcom

[Posted 7 January 2019]


Kaleidoscope wish to appoint a new Musical Director to plan and conduct rehearsals, develop the choir’s repertoire and choral skills, and arrange and conduct concert programmes. Kaleidoscope is a friendly and enthusiastic, female-voice community choir of 35 members which meets in the Lichfield area on Wednesday evenings. We sing a wide variety of music, and work hard to achieve a high standard. We perform several concerts a year, to raise funds for local causes and to support the choir. We are fortunate to have a skilled accompanist, who also arranges many of our pieces.

If you are interested in we would like to hear from you. We are self-funded,  but we are able to offer expenses.Please contact Anne Mapley on 07525833861, or Ann Smedley on
 07527 577751 or e-mail info@kaleidoscopechoir.co.uk. Website :  www.kaleidoscopechoir.co.uk

[Posted 28 December 2018]


Snowdown Colliery Welfare Male Voice Choir, Aylesham, Canterbury are seeking a new Musical Director from January 2020. Our current musical director, Mr. Michael Lewis, is retiring at the end of 2019 after 22 successful years with the choir. We seek a new MD from January 2020 with the opportunity to work alongside Michael from September. We seek an enthusiastic individual with a strong musical background who appreciates the unique and exciting genre of the 4 part male voice choir and is keen to bring out the best in us. Currently we are celebrating our 90th year and have great plans for our 10th decade. Founded in 1929 by the miners of the Snowdown Colliery, many of whom were from Wales, we are still members of the ‘Welsh Association of Choirs’ with whom we have sung in the Royal Albert Hall as recently as May 2018. We are a choir of around 50 choristers who hail from Ashford to Thanet, Folkestone to Canterbury. Members are encouraged to read music and practise to maintain a high level of performance. We rehearse at St. Finbarr’s R.C. Church Aylesham on Monday evenings and perform regularly in a range of venues, raising considerable funds for charity. Popular features are annual 2 day tours in the U.K. and exchanges with well-established choral friends abroad.

Our repertoire is varied from Welsh hymns to musicals and we seek an MD who is keen to modernise and broaden it further. Full details of the choir and its history, role specification, person specification, selection and remuneration are to be found on our website: www.snowdown-choir.co.uk. All enquiries should be made to The Snowdown Secretary Dr. David Rance: scwmvc@gmail.com  Tel. Nos. 01304 840569 or 07515 027912.

[Posted 12 December 2018 - Closing date for applications: 31st March 2019


St Mary’s Old Swinford, Stourbridge, West Midlands is looking for a new Director of music -.an experienced choir trainer and competent organist. St Mary’s has a strong choral tradition with a mixed (children and adults) S.A.T.B. robed choir and a good 3 manual 35 stop pipe organ. There are currently two sung services each Sunday, monthly Choral Evensong, and a rehearsal each Friday evening in term time. Remuneration according to the RSCM scale plus fees for weddings and funerals. For further information please contact: Parish Administrator –John Sutton .01384 441003 or st.mary.os@btconnect.com

[Posted 12 December 2018]


Vacancy for Director of Music/Organist for St Thomas the Apostle Church, Hanwell, W7. Music is a central part of our worship, mission and life as a parish. St Thomas’ is strongly committed to choral and organ music within a liturgical setting centred on the Eucharist. We have an active four-part choir with around 15 members, plus additional members who sing at our ‘specials’. In 2016 our Walker organ was fully restored. Our current DoM has re-located, so we are now looking for a Director of Music & Organist. The DoM will direct, supervise and, importantly, develop the existing SATB and Junior choir. We are very fortunate in having very able and willing volunteer ‘Sub-Organists’, which we hope will allow the DoM greater opportunities. You will be responsible for organising and leading the rehearsal schedule and Sunday services as required using your demonstrable musical ability with choirs, and ensure Organist cover for all services requiring musical provision – self or others as appropriate. Importantly, we are seeking someone to develop and execute strategies to increase choir members and, new and existing links with external bodies.

For more information about this new and very exciting role please go to: http://thomashanwell.org.uk/worship-and-music/the-choir/choir-information-page/

[Posted 10 December 2018]


Oadby Community Choir are seeking a new musical leader. We are an inclusive non- auditioned SATB Choir who meet weekly on a Tuesday evening in Oadby, Leicestershire. We have been singing all types of music for three years and have 62 members. We perform concerts for charity. There is an enthusiastic committee who cover all the admin work. The position is paid.
Contact Jackie Knight - jacijet@aol.com

[Posted 28 November 2018]


Vocal Expressions ladies’ choir in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire seeks a new Musical Director and conductor to continue the excellent work of our current MD, who is leaving us because of family commitments. We are a well-established, non-auditioning choir with 55 members. We have enjoyed singing a wide repertoire of popular, secular and sacred music for more than 20 years, and we share our enjoyment through regular concerts and events, which have established us firmly in the local community and musical scene. You can read more about us at www.vocalexpressions.co.uk
This will be a rewarding position for a MD who enjoys working with enthusiastic singers whose musical knowledge and choral experience cover a wide range. We rehearse for two hours on Thursday evenings at Holmbridge Parish Hall, when we like our sessions to be friendly, lively and productive.  All our rehearsals and events are enhanced by the services of an outstanding accompanist.

The MD’s commitment is for 44 weekly rehearsals p.a. with additional hours for concerts, competitions, workshops and other events. The rate of pay is attractive and in line with MU guidelines. It will be negotiated based on the successful applicant’s experience and qualifications. If you are interested in this role, please email ve.enquiries@gmail.com  giving details of your musical background and interests, and showing how you would be a good fit with Vocal Expressions where you will be expected to:

  • plan and lead weekly rehearsals and workshops;
  • bring your knowledge of the choral repertoire to advise on our selection of music;
  • inspire and encourage all our members to sing as well as they can;
  • show commitment to the choir and participate in its events and activities;
  • liaise with the accompanist to ensure that rehearsals are successful;
  • liaise with the committee on all matters to do with the running of the choir.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the position.
We will respond to all applications, and will invite shortlisted applicants to lead a short rehearsal as part of the selection process.

[Posted 12 November 2018]


St Andrew's Church Rugby is seeking a temporary Choir Director and Organist and from 6th January 2019. We have a weekly 10.30am Choral Eucharist, a monthly Choral Evensong, and a monthly Compline (6pm). Our large and well-established SATB choir practices on a Thursday evening. The choir sing a range of Anglican repertoire, including an introit and anthem each Sunday morning. To enquire please contact Rev'd Imogen Nay on rector@rugbychurch.org.uk

[Posted 12 November 2018]


Intonation choir is looking for a Musical Director who can start rehearsing with us from early in 2019. We are a small mixed choir that has been together for almost three years. Our repertoire of fourteen songs is drawn mainly from popular music of the last fifty years. Our practice night is Tuesday 8 to 10 pm in central Peterborough.

For more information please contact intonationchoir1@gmail.com

[Posted 30 October 2018]


Marsh Green Melody Makers is seeking a new Musical Director, start-date negotiable. This community choir of approximately 30 members is at the heart of the small Devon village of Marsh Green, 7 miles east of Exeter. While currently being led by a Sing for Pleasure conductor in training, and loving it, this is not a long term arrangement as she has rather too many other commitments! The methodology of 'call & response' teaching is working well, as is singing A Cappella and while many don't read music, most now prefer to have it, rather than just words, to support learning. The choir is also used to singing to backing tracks & with accompaniment. MGMM is a true community choir which brings together the small rural community & it's neighbouring villages. The enthusiasm is plain to see/hear and while learning may not be a speedy as some choirs, the rewards are just as satisfying. MGMM members are enthusiastic & keen to learn, and for the right person, will be a rewarding choir to lead. The choir typically gives 2 or 3 concerts a year, including for charity, and has sung in such diverse venues as Sainsbury's and Exeter Cathedral, which was, without doubt a phenomenal experience for all concerned, the programme included Zadok The Priest. Repertoire has included a variety of songs with backing tracks, spirituals, sea shanties, a selection of rounds & well known jazz & show-tunes. Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings in Marsh Green Village Hall. Contact Emma Palmer - empal1@icloud.com if interested.

[Posted 23 October 2018]


Chester Ladies Choir are looking for new Musical Director. Our current musical director is leaving, due to being offered a fantastic new career opportunity, so we have a vacancy starting in or before January 2019. We are looking for a creative and positive MD who is committed to maintaining the high standards that the choir always strives to achieve.

Job description

The Musical Director is responsible for the following:

  • Taking weekly rehearsals
  • Teaching singing techniques to continually improve sound quality
  • Conducting performances
  • Ensuring that members enjoy rehearsals
  • Selecting music which is both challenging and enjoyable to sing
  • Arranging these pieces into an interesting way as a programme
  • Striving to produce good performances which entertain both the audience and choir members
  • Liaising with the committee in sourcing venues, arranging concerts and ensuring the wellbeing of the choir
  • Auditioning new choir members

About the choir

We are a group of about 40 ladies of all ages who love to sing! We have been established as a choir since 1955 and are based in Chester, although we have members from across Cheshire, Wirral and North Wales.
We meet on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 till 9:30 at St Luke’s Church in Huntington, Chester to sing wide range of music from classical pieces to modern pop and jazz for our own concerts and other community and charity events.
We believe that singing is a fantastic way to meet new friends and have fun and it’s good for your health and well-being.

If you are interested in applying for this role then please contact us for more information. Email: tclchoir@outlook.com

[Posted 18 October 2018]


The Wey Community Gospel Choir is a collective of community choirs based in Guildford and Farnham, Surrey. Starting in 2014 with half a dozen members, it is now a thriving group of 80+ singers across three choirs. Its message is simply that anyone can sing— even with no musical background or training. With an emphasis on fun and inclusivity above all else, it aims to help people feel more a part of their community through new friendships and occasional performances.     WCGC now want to bring their energetic and uplifting choir to new locations in wider Surrey and outer London.  The choir is looking for passionate and enthusiastic choir directors to lead the new groups. Primarily this will mean teaching 3-4 songs each term, from the extensive WCGC catalogue of gospel arrangements, working towards a Christmas or summer performance. They will be fully supported by WCGC with advertising, schedules and materials - so the only thing to organise is the end of term social! Applicants should all have experience in leading choirs. If they have lead choirs but not gospel choirs then would also need to have experience in singing gospel music. Most importantly they would be passionate about growing a fun community group, and about seeing people from all walks of life grow in confidence. Ideally, they would also be able to accompany themselves on the piano. The locations and times of the new choirs are yet to be confirmed, and would be flexible to fit the schedules of the right people. Pay is negotiable depending on experience. 
Please send your CV to richard@theweycommunitygospelchoir.co.uk

[Posted 30 September 2018]


Mickleover Singers are looking for a new leader from January 2019 following the departure of our musical director due to other work, choir and personal commitments. The choir is long-standing (>75 years) non-audition, mixed ability group of ~25 voices. Practices are on Monday evenings from 7:30-9:30pm at St John’s Church, Devonshire Drive, Mickleover, Derby, DE3 9HD.

The preferred repertoire is an eclectic mix of old and new, classical and popular, serious and light-hearted, and three concerts are usually held each year. Candidates are sought who are enthusiastic about choral singing, with experience of conducting amateur choirs, patience, good interpersonal skills and ability to motivate and inspire. Remuneration is based on a fee per rehearsal / concert.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact the Chair Gerry Bryant at Gerry.bryanthome@btinternet.com, including your CV. Suitable candidates will have the opportunity to attend and take a rehearsal before Christmas.  

[Posted 12 September 2018]


A new Performance Arts school in Birmingham City Centre, is searching for a choirmaster who can help to create and direct a brand new choir who will represent the school. The right candidate must be extremely versatile, and can direct all styles. From Celtic, Classical, Gospel, Rock and RnB, they must strive for the choir to reach the highest of standards, be highly original and create an extremely exciting environment.

They must hold the relevant DBS certificates and be able to work on Saturdays starting at the end of September 2018. If you feel you are a practitioner who can meet these requirements, please can you email dianerock12@gmail.com or Tel: 07523 287 279.

[Posted 31 July 2018]


Nidderdale Community Choir are looking for a new Musical Director from September 2018.  As well as good all round musical skills, the candidate should have good communication skills, enthusiasm and patience.  We are a mixed ability choir with 25+ regular attendees meeting every Thursday evening in term time from 7-9pm in Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire. Our repertoire includes an eclectic mix of popular music, folk, gospel and show tunes, usually in three parts.

Interested parties should contact the secretary, Christine Carroll on 07866 266585 or email carrollc@btinternet.com

[Posted 30 July 2018]


Troon Chorus in south west Scotland are looking for a new Musical Director to take up duties on 20th August or shortly thereafter. We are a very friendly SATB chorus of about 35-40 singers who rehearse on Monday evenings at Portland church hall in Troon. For more details and to apply contact Ray Owens (Chair- Troon Chorus) Tel: 01292 316339 or M: 07583 813409. Our website can be found at www.troonchorus.co.uk

[Posted 30 July 2018]


Musical Director required for Orpheus Singers The Orpheus Singers (www.orpheussingers.org.uk) is one of the leading chamber choirs on the Isle of Wight. The choir, which is auditioned, numbers between 35 and 40 singers and performs music from 17th – 21st centuries. Choir members are expected to aspire to high choral standards and should have good singing and reading skills.

A vacancy has arisen for an experienced and inspirational Music Director, starting in September 2018, to lead and develop the choir and its repertoire. The successful applicant will have energy, commitment and enthusiasm. The choir responds well to expressive direction and we are looking for a director with vocal training experience as well as an emphasis on musicality and interpretation.

The Choir tends to focus on smaller works and à capella performances, though we do perform larger pieces as well. We prefer to use professional soloists in our set piece concerts. Members of the choir are accustomed to singing solo parts in smaller pieces.

The choir performs 3-4 concerts a year, generally in venues around the Island. Rehearsals are held in Newport on Tuesday evenings from 7.15pm to 9.15pm. If resident on the mainland, transport can be arranged to and from the ferry point. Travel expenses will be reimbursed. Fees are subject to discussion.

Interested candidates should contact Norman Cave with a brief resumé or CV at chairman@orpheussingers.org.uk. or by phone on 01983 866 248. Please include full contact details.

[Posted 30 July 2018]


Laudamus Chamber Choir seeks new Musical Director We were formed in 1991 to deputise at services in Cathedrals, Priories, Abbeys and Great Churches when their own choits are on holiday. Over the years, the choir’s repertoire has expanded to include light and secular as well as sacred music, enabling the choir to perform for charity events and other occasions such as weddings and  funerals.  Under founding Musical Director, Andrew Johnson, Laudamus made tours to  Holland, Italy, Hungary and France as well as regular visits to Cathedrals throughout the UK. 

This tradition has continued under Musical Director, Kit Hobkirk.  The choir, a group of friends who sing together, has 20 ‐ 30 singers and rehearses on Monday evenings in term time at St Mary’s Church, Fordingbridge.  With the departure of  Kit Hobkirk for Scotland, Laudamus are seeking a new musical director to lead the choir.  We  are looking for someone who meets the following criteria: 

˗ Knowledge of music and church/cathedral practices and procedures; 

˗ Knowledge of and contacts with musical activities and resources, both locally and  regionally; 

˗ Adequate keyboard skills to support rehearsals; 

˗ Knowledge of a wider secular repertoire suitable for performance at charity concerts; 

˗ Good vocal training skills; 

˗ A positive enabling style of leadership to encourage choir to be their best; 

˗ Sufficient time to devote to Laudamus rehearsals and performances; 

˗ Good presentation skills necessary for communicating well with audiences; 

˗ Ability and knowledge for composing programme notes; 

˗ Good communication skills with the choir to ensure effective and enjoyable rehearsals. 

For more information email choirlaudamus@gmail.com or visit https://choirlaudamus.org/

[Posted 9 July 2018]


The Mayday Singers are an established community chamber choir based in the Purbeck village of Langton Matravers, near Swanage, Dorset. Our current Director of music has retired and we are seeking his replacement to start in Autumn 2018. We currently have around 20 members (SATB) and rehearse on Tuesday evenings. We give 2 concerts a year and on May 1st we celebrate the Spring with a dawn chorus and a large breakfast. We work hard at a whole range of music but we are open to exploring new ideas and styles.
Fees negotiable. For more information please contact Jane Atkinson 07725 059152 email: Jane@thepottingshed.org.uk

[Posted 3 July 2018]


Wessex Harmony seek new Musical Director. Do you have the necessary skills to direct an enthusiastic group of women to sing modern 4 part A Capella? We love a challenge and seek a Musical Director who can take us even further in the musical and performance side of our craft. We meet on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm to 10,00pm in Poole Dorset. lf this appeals to you, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Lorraine on :email: chairman@wessexharmony.com Mobile: 0777903240

[Posted 29 June 2018]


Scotland’s a cappella LGBT+ choir (Edinburgh based) is looking for a new Musical Director.

Loud and Proud Choir, Edinburgh (SC038303) is seeking a new enthusiastic and dedicated Musical Director (MD) from September 2018.

Loud and Proud was established over a decade ago as an LGBT+ community, a cappella, non-auditioning choir with 50+ members. The choir welcomes everyone irrespective of their musical ability. We have a wide musical repertoire, incorporating traditional Scottish, folk, world, musicals and pop, and mostly sing in four-part SATB harmonies.
Find us on YouTube and Twitter (@LoudProudChoir) and visit our website www.loudandproudchoir.org for more about us and what we do.

Start: September 2018 (3-month mutual trial period)
Terms: Freelance position / Self-employed, hourly fee to be negotiated
Current Rehearsals: Mondays 7:00pm - 9:30pm, Edinburgh

Key Duties:

To be in charge of conducting and directing weekly rehearsals, including appropriate warm-up exercises
Be able and willing to create appropriate Learning Tracks for members to study in their own time
Conduct the choir at our current three main performances (Spring/Festival/Festive) and if possible at other smaller gigs as agreed during the course of the year (e.g. World AIDS Day, Pride, Various Voices)
Select appropriate and balanced repertoire for concerts in liaison with nominated representatives from the choir (the Music Team), choosing a wide and varied selection of music in order to challenge more able members without disadvantaging others (members can suggest songs, with the music team and MD deciding on suitability)
Extend the choir’s repertoire, challenge and nurture each member’s skillset
Attend committee meetings when invited to do so and support the aims of the Choir
Other duties in line with the role agreed between the post holder and the committee
Be prepared to make a firm commitment to the choir

Essential Skills / Experience

Experience of conducting a large community choir
Demonstrable teaching ability, encompassing a wide variety of learning styles
Demonstrate good time management and organisational skills
Work in tandem with the choir committee and attend meetings when required
A ‘People Person’: A good communicator, capable of connecting well
with others and setting a friendly, enjoyable and dynamic choir environment
Understanding / experience of LGBT+ issues

Desirable Skills / Experience

Have the ability to arrange/compose music
Competent and experienced in teaching by ear would be a distinct advantage
Extensive knowledge of choral music from a variety of genres.

Get in touch!

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity please send your expressions of interest together with a CV by email to loudproud2018@hotmail.com by 16th July 2018. Interviews and auditions will be held end of July/August. Feel free to contact us with any questions about the position.

[Posted 16 June 2018]


Musical Director for Community Choir- Carlisle Community Choir is looking to appoint a Musical Director from 23rd September 2018. The person we are looking for will be skilled, enthusiastic and dedicated and will encourage and challenge the choir in a positive and enjoyable way. Carlisle Community Choir was formed in 2012 and is open to everyone regardless of singing experience or ability to read music. This SATB choir numbers over 80 members and sings a wide variety of musical styles. We rehearse every Sunday from 3.30pm to 5.30pm at Holy Trinity on Stanhope Road Carlisle, with a summer break mid June to September and shorter breaks over both Christmas and Easter. The choir gives annual concerts in December and June of each year and takes part in many other local events and performances by invitation. The choir strives to deliver performances of the highest standard we can achieve and has taken part with success in Choir of the Year, Manchester Amateur Choral Competition and the Carlisle Music Festival, where the choir won their class in 2018.

The person we are looking for will have -
1 Experience of working with a large choir of varying musical experiences, the ability to explain things in different ways and motivate a large group of people.

2 Wide knowledge of choral repertoire in a variety of styles and the ability to select an appropriate range of music for the choir to sing.

3 The ability to challenge and develop the choir and our performances in an enjoyable and productive way.

4 A firm commitment to the choir, our rehearsals and our performances.

5 Experience of working with a committee and the commitment to work together with our proactive committee to achieve the best for the choir.

6 The ability to conduct rehearsals and plan an effective rehearsal schedule over the season to deliver performances of a high standard.

7 The ability to work carefully with the choir’s professional accompanist and have connections with other professional musicians and singing teachers who might work with the choir.


Remuneration:

The role will attract an hourly rate of £40 and reasonable travel expenses will also be paid in addition to this fee. The successful candidate will have a probationary period of one year with the hope to extend this further.

To apply:

Applications should be sent to carlislecommunitychoir@hotmail.com by the closing date of 31st July 2018 at 5pm. The application email should include a current CV and a covering letter that outlines your vision for the choir and also how you meet the seven criteria outlined above. Any further information can be obtained by emailing the choir website.
Interviews will be held during the morning of 16th September 2018 at: Holy Trinity Church, Stanhope Road, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA2 7BB. Successful applicants will be called back for audition with the choir on the same afternoon. The post will commence on 23rd September 2018.

[Posted 13 June 2018]


Musical Director required for The Orwell Singers, near Cambridge. We are a mixed choir with no audition - current numbers are 10 sopranos, 10 altos, 6 tenors and 4 basses. We have been in existence for almost 30 years and our members come from a fairly wide catchment area between Cambridge and Royston.  Our aim is to provide an enjoyable opportunity for people to sing a wide repertoire of music, both sacred and secular, for enjoyment and performance – we usually put on two concerts a year.

Our current conductor, Jacquie McBride, has been with us for nearly five years and during this time we have grown in numbers and confidence and our standard of singing has improved considerably. In addition to concerts in Orwell Village Hall the Singers have also recently performed in Trinity College Chapel and Emmanuel United Reform Church in Cambridge.

We are looking for a person to continue the traditions of the choir – someone who enjoys all kinds of music, who is good at encouraging people and has a sense of humour. We can offer a fee/expenses and we need someone from September 2018. We have an excellent accompanist who plays for the concerts but not for rehearsals, so keyboard skills are essential.

We meet on Mondays during school term times at the Methodist Schoolroom, Town Green Road, Orwell SG8 5QL from 7.30 – 9.30 pm and we would be very happy for anyone who might be interested to come along on a Monday evening to meet us. To find out more, take a look at our website - www.orwellsingers.co.uk - or come along to our summer concert on Saturday June 23rd from 7.00pm at St Andrew’s Church, Orwell. Contact: Katie Reid on 01223 207387 or katie.reid@talk21.com

[Posted 10 June 2018]


Magic Voices Choir are looking for a great MD/ Choir Leader from or near to St. Albans to lead our brand new, musical theatre, contemporary choir. All our arrangements are original and exceptional quality and written for us exclusively by a West End Musical Director. Recommendations as well as applicants are gratefully received.
Please contact us at:   mike@magicvoices.co.uk

[Posted 10 June 2018]


Magic Voices Choir are looking for a great MD/ Choir Leader from or near to York/ Harrogate to lead our brand new, musical theatre, contemporary choir. All our arrangements are original and exceptional quality and written for us exclusively by a West End Musical Director. Recommendations as well as applicants are gratefully received.
Please contact us at:   mike@magicvoices.co.uk

[Posted 10 June 2018]


Woven Chords is a mixed-voice community choir of 23 years standing and, due to our present director moving from the area, is looking for a new musical director, preferably to start in September 2018.

Currently the choir has over 30 attending members and follows the “Natural Voice Practioners” ethos - no auditions, no music scores, “if you can speak you can sing:” with the emphasis on having fun through singing. Woven Chords sings in the a cappella (unaccompanied) style, in harmony, and has a repertoire of over 200 world music songs in various languages.

The choir has built up quite a substantial local following over the years for its energetic and enthusiastic concerts. It has also performed further afield when opportunities have presented themselves. Choir members range in age from 20s to 70s and form an incredibly friendly, supportive group who love singing together.

Woven Chords is supported by South Kesteven District Council and sessions take place on Thursdays, 7.30 to 9.30pm, at Stamford Arts Centre during school term times. Remuneration is paid through the Arts Centre and is at a very competitive rate. '

This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone looking to lead a lively, energetic, full-voiced, group of very lovely people. To have a look at some of our past and future events visit www.wovenchords.com

For further information please contact Hilary on 01778393429 or email: bloomerclan@aol.com

[Posted 3 June 2018]


Director of Music required by St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Springfield Road Horsham, West Sussex. The Roman Catholic parish of St. John the Evangelist, Horsham wishes to appoint a Director of Music. The parish currently has no paid organists or formal choir: as such, the appointee will benefit from the opportunity to develop, initially, an entirely new junior choir and in due course, one or more adult choirs, recruited both from the parish (which is a thriving community with a large number of enthusiastic youth and two primary schools both with existing choirs) and the wider community. Horsham has a thriving musical scene, with a symphony orchestra and several secular choirs. The primary purpose of the new choirs will be to sing Chant and motets at the 9:15 Mass on Sundays, as well as on major feast days including Christmas and the Easter Triduum and special events, First Holy Communions, weddings, funerals etc. The job represents an exciting opportunity to establish and develop a choral tradition which it is hoped will last for generations to come.

The appointee will be expected to oversee attainment of RSCM affiliation for the junior choir, and to implement its “Voice for Life” training scheme for future choristers. The appointee will benefit from the full support of the Parish Priest, with whom they will work closely, and that of the whole congregation. The parish is also keen in due course to recruit a paid organist/organ scholar to work alongside the Director of Music.

The salary, broadly in line with current RSCM rates, will be determined on the basis of qualifications, experience, level of availability and by negotiation with the successful applicant, and will be payable either by hourly rate or annual salary. The church is willing to demonstrate flexibility in renegotiating the remuneration should the workload increase over time.

The successful applicant must have experience as a choral director and be sympathetic to traditional-style Roman Catholic liturgy, with a working knowledge of Gregorian plainchant and Renaissance polyphony. A competent organist would also be preferred. Applicants will be energetic, dynamic, innovative and able to establish a rapport with young singers: a full DBS check and references will therefore be required. The parish is open to considering younger candidates with a choral/organ scholar background keen to gain experience of building and directing a choir. Please apply by email to stjohnshorshamchoir@gmail.com or by letter marked “Director of Music Application” to The Parish Priest, The Presbytery, 3 Springfield Road, Horsham, RH12 2PJ, with curriculum vitae.

[Posted 28 May 2018]


Musical Director wanted for Cambridge Chord Company. Do you have the skill, dedication and inspirational enthusiasm to direct a top ranking male barbershop chorus? Cambridge Chord Company  was established in 1990, since when we have been entertaining audiences at home and abroad as well as putting in consistently high-scoring performances in competition. We rehearse on Thursdays and you can find us at www.singccc.org
Our current Musical Director leaves at the end of May after a long and successful career with us. We are looking for an MD who can expand our musical development, improve our competitive success and keep our audiences clapping. If you think this is for you, then please email your CV or any questions to Alan Conochie, our Chairman, at alanconochie@yahoo.co.uk

[Posted 22 May 2018]


The award winning Kinder Choirs (formerly the Kinder Children’s Choirs of the High Peak) are seeking a new Children’s Musical Director from September/October 2018. The organisation has been one of the major success stories in the cultural life of Derbyshire since their formation in 1991 by their founder Joyce Ellis MBE. During this time the choirs have gained a national and international profile with successes in major competitions and festivals, including twice winners of the highly prestigious Llangollen International Eisteddfod, major concert engagements, and appearances on TV and radio, and in European tours. They perform regularly in a wide variety of venues including cathedrals and national concert halls, as well as all over Derbyshire.  We are a registered charity and have a Board of Trustees.
We hope to have someone in situ for the beginning of September or shortly thereafter.  The successful candidate will be a dynamic professional musician with experience and understanding of young developing voices, vocal health and classical technique; someone with energy and enthusiasm, able to invigorate the organisation and inspire a high standard of performance.  The post involves liaising with the Founder Director, who is responsible for the overall running of the choir, and an ability to work collaboratively. An Enhanced DBS clearance, together with personal and professional references, will be required.

Children’s Musical Director Job Description.


The choir’s annual timetable runs from September to the end of August. The Children’s Musical Director will be expected to liaise with the Founder Director, the Trust of the organisation and the Administrator.  For children there is no audition necessary to join the choirs and no-one is precluded for reasons of cost, with bursaries being available on a confidential basis where there is need.  The choirs rehearse in Whaley Bridge weekly on Monday and Tuesday evenings for 4 hours each evening during the Derbyshire Schools’ term time. In November and May/June there are often Sunday afternoon rehearsals as the choirs prepare for their Christmas programme or their annual summer concert in Buxton Opera House.  Over the year the choirs take part in a variety of concerts (both self-promotions and outside invitations), occasional professional performances, occasional competitions, tours and residential events.  Choice of repertoire and concert programming is discussed with the Founder Director.  The choice of repertoire will reflect the skills and development of the individual choirs; it must aim to provide challenge, variety and enjoyment, and also consider the enjoyment of the audience. There will be a requirement for the successful candidate to be active within the High Peak community seeking exciting initiatives for recruitment and the overall development of the choirs.  There will be some related administration and communications needed as a part of the role.
The fee is negotiable and will reflect the experience and calibre of the candidate.  There may be an opportunity for the right candidate to develop their role within the organisation.

For a full specification of the position, more about the choirs and details of how to apply please contact joyce.ellis001@gmail.com

[Posted 22 May 2018]


St Andrew's Church Rugby is seeking a temporary Choir Director and Organist and from 6th January 2019. We have a weekly 10.30am Choral Eucharist, a monthly Choral Evensong, and a monthly Compline (6pm). Our large and well-established SATB choir practices on a Thursday evening. The choir sing a range of Anglican repertoire, including an introit and anthem each Sunday morning. To enquire please contact Rev'd Imogen Nay on rector@rugbychurch.org.uk

[Posted 12 November 2018]


Intonation choir is looking for a Musical Director who can start rehearsing with us from early in 2019. We are a small mixed choir that has been together for almost three years. Our repertoire of fourteen songs is drawn mainly from popular music of the last fifty years. Our practice night is Tuesday 8 to 10 pm in central Peterborough.

For more information please contact intonationchoir1@gmail.com

[Posted 30 October 2018]


Marsh Green Melody Makers is seeking a new Musical Director, start-date negotiable. This community choir of approximately 30 members is at the heart of the small Devon village of Marsh Green, 7 miles east of Exeter. While currently being led by a Sing for Pleasure conductor in training, and loving it, this is not a long term arrangement as she has rather too many other commitments! The methodology of 'call & response' teaching is working well, as is singing A Cappella and while many don't read music, most now prefer to have it, rather than just words, to support learning. The choir is also used to singing to backing tracks & with accompaniment. MGMM is a true community choir which brings together the small rural community & it's neighbouring villages. The enthusiasm is plain to see/hear and while learning may not be a speedy as some choirs, the rewards are just as satisfying. MGMM members are enthusiastic & keen to learn, and for the right person, will be a rewarding choir to lead. The choir typically gives 2 or 3 concerts a year, including for charity, and has sung in such diverse venues as Sainsbury's and Exeter Cathedral, which was, without doubt a phenomenal experience for all concerned, the programme included Zadok The Priest. Repertoire has included a variety of songs with backing tracks, spirituals, sea shanties, a selection of rounds & well known jazz & show-tunes. Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings in Marsh Green Village Hall. Contact Emma Palmer - empal1@icloud.com if interested.

[Posted 23 October 2018]


Watford Palace Theatre is currently recruiting for a freelance Musical Director to lead the Watford Palace Theatre Community Choir (WPTCC). The WPTCC currently have over 40 members from the local community who meet regularly during term time for 11 sessions on Wednesday evenings, from 7.30pm-9.30pm at the theatre in our rehearsal studio, or local venues within walking distance of the theatre. As well as the regular summer and Christmas concerts at WPT, the WPTCC often sing at community events and fundraisers across Hertfordshire and beyond.  If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity please contact Samantha Ford on : samantha@watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk

[Posted 19 October 2018]


Chester Ladies Choir are looking for new Musical Director. Our current musical director is leaving, due to being offered a fantastic new career opportunity, so we have a vacancy starting in or before January 2019. We are looking for a creative and positive MD who is committed to maintaining the high standards that the choir always strives to achieve.

Job description

The Musical Director is responsible for the following:

  • Taking weekly rehearsals
  • Teaching singing techniques to continually improve sound quality
  • Conducting performances
  • Ensuring that members enjoy rehearsals
  • Selecting music which is both challenging and enjoyable to sing
  • Arranging these pieces into an interesting way as a programme
  • Striving to produce good performances which entertain both the audience and choir members
  • Liaising with the committee in sourcing venues, arranging concerts and ensuring the wellbeing of the choir
  • Auditioning new choir members

About the choir

We are a group of about 40 ladies of all ages who love to sing! We have been established as a choir since 1955 and are based in Chester, although we have members from across Cheshire, Wirral and North Wales.
We meet on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 till 9:30 at St Luke’s Church in Huntington, Chester to sing wide range of music from classical pieces to modern pop and jazz for our own concerts and other community and charity events.
We believe that singing is a fantastic way to meet new friends and have fun and it’s good for your health and well-being.

If you are interested in applying for this role then please contact us for more information. Email: tclchoir@outlook.com

[Posted 18 October 2018]


The Wey Community Gospel Choir is a collective of community choirs based in Guildford and Farnham, Surrey. Starting in 2014 with half a dozen members, it is now a thriving group of 80+ singers across three choirs. Its message is simply that anyone can sing— even with no musical background or training. With an emphasis on fun and inclusivity above all else, it aims to help people feel more a part of their community through new friendships and occasional performances.     WCGC now want to bring their energetic and uplifting choir to new locations in wider Surrey and outer London.  The choir is looking for passionate and enthusiastic choir directors to lead the new groups. Primarily this will mean teaching 3-4 songs each term, from the extensive WCGC catalogue of gospel arrangements, working towards a Christmas or summer performance. They will be fully supported by WCGC with advertising, schedules and materials - so the only thing to organise is the end of term social! Applicants should all have experience in leading choirs. If they have lead choirs but not gospel choirs then would also need to have experience in singing gospel music. Most importantly they would be passionate about growing a fun community group, and about seeing people from all walks of life grow in confidence. Ideally, they would also be able to accompany themselves on the piano. The locations and times of the new choirs are yet to be confirmed, and would be flexible to fit the schedules of the right people. Pay is negotiable depending on experience. 
Please send your CV to richard@theweycommunitygospelchoir.co.uk

[Posted 30 September 2018]


Mickleover Singers are looking for a new leader from January 2019 following the departure of our musical director due to other work, choir and personal commitments. The choir is long-standing (>75 years) non-audition, mixed ability group of ~25 voices. Practices are on Monday evenings from 7:30-9:30pm at St John’s Church, Devonshire Drive, Mickleover, Derby, DE3 9HD.

The preferred repertoire is an eclectic mix of old and new, classical and popular, serious and light-hearted, and three concerts are usually held each year. Candidates are sought who are enthusiastic about choral singing, with experience of conducting amateur choirs, patience, good interpersonal skills and ability to motivate and inspire. Remuneration is based on a fee per rehearsal / concert.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact the Chair Gerry Bryant at Gerry.bryanthome@btinternet.com, including your CV. Suitable candidates will have the opportunity to attend and take a rehearsal before Christmas.  

[Posted 12 September 2018]


A new Performance Arts school in Birmingham City Centre, is searching for a choirmaster who can help to create and direct a brand new choir who will represent the school. The right candidate must be extremely versatile, and can direct all styles. From Celtic, Classical, Gospel, Rock and RnB, they must strive for the choir to reach the highest of standards, be highly original and create an extremely exciting environment.

They must hold the relevant DBS certificates and be able to work on Saturdays starting at the end of September 2018. If you feel you are a practitioner who can meet these requirements, please can you email dianerock12@gmail.com or Tel: 07523 287 279.

[Posted 31 July 2018]


Nidderdale Community Choir are looking for a new Musical Director from September 2018.  As well as good all round musical skills, the candidate should have good communication skills, enthusiasm and patience.  We are a mixed ability choir with 25+ regular attendees meeting every Thursday evening in term time from 7-9pm in Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire. Our repertoire includes an eclectic mix of popular music, folk, gospel and show tunes, usually in three parts.

Interested parties should contact the secretary, Christine Carroll on 07866 266585 or email carrollc@btinternet.com

[Posted 30 July 2018]


Troon Chorus in south west Scotland are looking for a new Musical Director to take up duties on 20th August or shortly thereafter. We are a very friendly SATB chorus of about 35-40 singers who rehearse on Monday evenings at Portland church hall in Troon. For more details and to apply contact Ray Owens (Chair- Troon Chorus) Tel: 01292 316339 or M: 07583 813409. Our website can be found at www.troonchorus.co.uk

[Posted 30 July 2018]


Musical Director required for Orpheus Singers The Orpheus Singers (www.orpheussingers.org.uk) is one of the leading chamber choirs on the Isle of Wight. The choir, which is auditioned, numbers between 35 and 40 singers and performs music from 17th – 21st centuries. Choir members are expected to aspire to high choral standards and should have good singing and reading skills.

A vacancy has arisen for an experienced and inspirational Music Director, starting in September 2018, to lead and develop the choir and its repertoire. The successful applicant will have energy, commitment and enthusiasm. The choir responds well to expressive direction and we are looking for a director with vocal training experience as well as an emphasis on musicality and interpretation.

The Choir tends to focus on smaller works and à capella performances, though we do perform larger pieces as well. We prefer to use professional soloists in our set piece concerts. Members of the choir are accustomed to singing solo parts in smaller pieces.

The choir performs 3-4 concerts a year, generally in venues around the Island. Rehearsals are held in Newport on Tuesday evenings from 7.15pm to 9.15pm. If resident on the mainland, transport can be arranged to and from the ferry point. Travel expenses will be reimbursed. Fees are subject to discussion.

Interested candidates should contact Norman Cave with a brief resumé or CV at chairman@orpheussingers.org.uk. or by phone on 01983 866 248. Please include full contact details.

[Posted 30 July 2018]


Wessex Harmony seek new Musical Director. Do you have the necessary skills to direct an enthusiastic group of women to sing modern 4 part A Capella? We love a challenge and seek a Musical Director who can take us even further in the musical and performance side of our craft. We meet on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm to 10,00pm in Poole Dorset. lf this appeals to you, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Lorraine on :email: chairman@wessexharmony.com Mobile: 0777903240

[Posted 29 June 2018]


Musical Director required for The Orwell Singers, near Cambridge. We are a mixed choir with no audition - current numbers are 10 sopranos, 10 altos, 6 tenors and 4 basses. We have been in existence for almost 30 years and our members come from a fairly wide catchment area between Cambridge and Royston.  Our aim is to provide an enjoyable opportunity for people to sing a wide repertoire of music, both sacred and secular, for enjoyment and performance – we usually put on two concerts a year.

Our current conductor, Jacquie McBride, has been with us for nearly five years and during this time we have grown in numbers and confidence and our standard of singing has improved considerably. In addition to concerts in Orwell Village Hall the Singers have also recently performed in Trinity College Chapel and Emmanuel United Reform Church in Cambridge.

We are looking for a person to continue the traditions of the choir – someone who enjoys all kinds of music, who is good at encouraging people and has a sense of humour. We can offer a fee/expenses and we need someone from September 2018. We have an excellent accompanist who plays for the concerts but not for rehearsals, so keyboard skills are essential.

We meet on Mondays during school term times at the Methodist Schoolroom, Town Green Road, Orwell SG8 5QL from 7.30 – 9.30 pm and we would be very happy for anyone who might be interested to come along on a Monday evening to meet us. To find out more, take a look at our website - www.orwellsingers.co.uk - or come along to our summer concert on Saturday June 23rd from 7.00pm at St Andrew’s Church, Orwell. Contact: Katie Reid on 01223 207387 or katie.reid@talk21.com

[Posted 10 June 2018]


Magic Voices Choir are looking for a great MD/ Choir Leader from or near to St. Albans to lead our brand new, musical theatre, contemporary choir. All our arrangements are original and exceptional quality and written for us exclusively by a West End Musical Director. Recommendations as well as applicants are gratefully received.
Please contact us at:   mike@magicvoices.co.uk

[Posted 10 June 2018]


Magic Voices Choir are looking for a great MD/ Choir Leader from or near to York/ Harrogate to lead our brand new, musical theatre, contemporary choir. All our arrangements are original and exceptional quality and written for us exclusively by a West End Musical Director. Recommendations as well as applicants are gratefully received.
Please contact us at:   mike@magicvoices.co.uk

[Posted 10 June 2018]


Woven Chords is a mixed-voice community choir of 23 years standing and, due to our present director moving from the area, is looking for a new musical director, preferably to start in September 2018.

Currently the choir has over 30 attending members and follows the “Natural Voice Practioners” ethos - no auditions, no music scores, “if you can speak you can sing:” with the emphasis on having fun through singing. Woven Chords sings in the a cappella (unaccompanied) style, in harmony, and has a repertoire of over 200 world music songs in various languages.

The choir has built up quite a substantial local following over the years for its energetic and enthusiastic concerts. It has also performed further afield when opportunities have presented themselves. Choir members range in age from 20s to 70s and form an incredibly friendly, supportive group who love singing together.

Woven Chords is supported by South Kesteven District Council and sessions take place on Thursdays, 7.30 to 9.30pm, at Stamford Arts Centre during school term times. Remuneration is paid through the Arts Centre and is at a very competitive rate. '

This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone looking to lead a lively, energetic, full-voiced, group of very lovely people. To have a look at some of our past and future events visit www.wovenchords.com

For further information please contact Hilary on 01778393429 or email: bloomerclan@aol.com

[Posted 3 June 2018]


Director of Music required by St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Springfield Road Horsham, West Sussex. The Roman Catholic parish of St. John the Evangelist, Horsham wishes to appoint a Director of Music. The parish currently has no paid organists or formal choir: as such, the appointee will benefit from the opportunity to develop, initially, an entirely new junior choir and in due course, one or more adult choirs, recruited both from the parish (which is a thriving community with a large number of enthusiastic youth and two primary schools both with existing choirs) and the wider community. Horsham has a thriving musical scene, with a symphony orchestra and several secular choirs. The primary purpose of the new choirs will be to sing Chant and motets at the 9:15 Mass on Sundays, as well as on major feast days including Christmas and the Easter Triduum and special events, First Holy Communions, weddings, funerals etc. The job represents an exciting opportunity to establish and develop a choral tradition which it is hoped will last for generations to come.

The appointee will be expected to oversee attainment of RSCM affiliation for the junior choir, and to implement its “Voice for Life” training scheme for future choristers. The appointee will benefit from the full support of the Parish Priest, with whom they will work closely, and that of the whole congregation. The parish is also keen in due course to recruit a paid organist/organ scholar to work alongside the Director of Music.

The salary, broadly in line with current RSCM rates, will be determined on the basis of qualifications, experience, level of availability and by negotiation with the successful applicant, and will be payable either by hourly rate or annual salary. The church is willing to demonstrate flexibility in renegotiating the remuneration should the workload increase over time.

The successful applicant must have experience as a choral director and be sympathetic to traditional-style Roman Catholic liturgy, with a working knowledge of Gregorian plainchant and Renaissance polyphony. A competent organist would also be preferred. Applicants will be energetic, dynamic, innovative and able to establish a rapport with young singers: a full DBS check and references will therefore be required. The parish is open to considering younger candidates with a choral/organ scholar background keen to gain experience of building and directing a choir. Please apply by email to stjohnshorshamchoir@gmail.com or by letter marked “Director of Music Application” to The Parish Priest, The Presbytery, 3 Springfield Road, Horsham, RH12 2PJ, with curriculum vitae.

[Posted 28 May 2018]


Musical Director wanted for Cambridge Chord Company. Do you have the skill, dedication and inspirational enthusiasm to direct a top ranking male barbershop chorus? Cambridge Chord Company  was established in 1990, since when we have been entertaining audiences at home and abroad as well as putting in consistently high-scoring performances in competition. We rehearse on Thursdays and you can find us at www.singccc.org
Our current Musical Director leaves at the end of May after a long and successful career with us. We are looking for an MD who can expand our musical development, improve our competitive success and keep our audiences clapping. If you think this is for you, then please email your CV or any questions to Alan Conochie, our Chairman, at alanconochie@yahoo.co.uk

[Posted 22 May 2018]


Musical Director required. We are an enthusiatic established Ladies choir of some 7 years based on the Fylde Coast in Cleveleys, Lancashire, small in number but not in quality. We have 18 members currently but are looking to grow with the right person at the helm. Our founding MD is retiring at the end of May as he will celebrate his 89th birthday this year. We currently rehearse on a Thursday evening in Cleveleys 7.30pm-9.30pm and perform for worthy causes throughout the year. Our main genre is Musicals but we are an experienced group and are willing to try anything new.

Further information can be obtained by emailing julieh@btinternet.com or by ringing 01253 860887 or 01253 273275

[Posted 03 May 2018]


Magic Voices Choir are looking for a new Musical Director to lead our Harrogate/ York contemporary choir. We are looking for someone with a bright, warm, friendly personality and their own musical equipment (keyboard and amplifier). We rehearse weekly during one evening per week (Monday-Thursday can be negotiated). This is a well paid post and very rewarding! Please contact mike@magicvoices.co.uk for more information.

[Posted 03 May 2018]


Warwick based contemporary choir are seeking a new Musical Director to lead our rehearsals and concerts. We are looking for someone with a bright, warm, friendly personality and their own musical equipment (keyboard and amplifier). We rehearse every Tuesday evening. This is a well paid post and very rewarding! Please contact mike@magicvoices.co.uk

[Posted 03 May 2018]


Sawtry Chorale, based in Sawtry near Huntingdon, Cambs, is looking for a new musical director from September 2018. We are an amateur community choir of mixed voices (SATB), established in 1986. There are currently 30 members of all ages and varying musical experience. We enjoy singing a wide range of music; sacred and secular, traditional and modern, and usually perform 4 concerts a year in aid of good causes. Rehearsals take place in Sawtry from 7.45 - 9.45pm on Wednesdays with breaks for summer, Christmas and a week at Easter. The position is paid on a sessional, self-employed basis. Expressions of interest with a CV can be sent via email to joyceday1930@hotmail.com

[Posted 28 April 2018]


St Mark’s Church, Parish of Swindon New Town, seek to appoint a new Director of Music and Organist at our Traditional Anglican Church. We seek someone to direct the choir for Sunday sung Mass, lead weekly or monthly choir practices and play up to 12 other services in the year. The Parish is a member of Forward in Faith, with episcopal oversight from the Bishop of Ebbsfleet. Salary will be in line with RSCM rates.

Please contact the Parish Office on 01793 538220 Email: swindonnewtown@btinternet.com

[Posted 27 April 2018]


Brent Singers offers an exciting opportunity for a musician with good professional and interpersonal skills to direct a well established mixed choir numbering around 70 singers, based in the lively community of South Brent near Totnes, from September 2018. The choir rehearses on Monday evenings from 7.30 - 9.30 and performs at least three classical concerts a year. Our Spring concert is traditionally in Buckfast Abbey, usually with an orchestra and professional soloists.  Past works performed include "The Seven Last Words of Christ "(Haydn), " Messe de Minuit pour Noël"  (Charpentier), "HMS Pinafore" (Gilbert and Sullivan) and "Dido and Aeneas" (Purcell). The choir will perform Mozart´s "Requiem" at Buckfast Abbey on April 22 this year as part of the celebrations of the Abbey's 1000th anniversary.  The choir participates every other year in an exchange visit, including a shorter performance, with a choral group based in South Brent's twinned community in Brittany.

For further information and details of how to apply contact the Secretary, Barbara Wintersgill email: barwintersgill@gmail.com

[Posted 27 March 2018]


Musical Director required for Songbirds in Harmony, a ladies choir based in Hednesford, Staffordshire, with effect from September 2018. More information about the choir can be found at www.songbirdsinharmony.co.uk. We are a modern choir, with piano accompanist and small band who perform mostly three part arrangements of pop music. The existing Musical Director, Annette Scott, is leaving at the end of 2018 to concentrate her efforts on her song-writing and teaching career.The new musical director will receive a nominal fee. Performances take place in Spring, Autumn and Christmas. For more information please contact Annette Scott on 07557 052711.

[Posted 19 March 2018]


 

Conductors/Musical Directors - Jobs Wanted

 

 

Daniel Collins is a professional singer and conductor, based between London and Milton Keynes, who is looking for conducting and choral directing work. He runs his own concert series in North London (http://www.musicfor.co.uk) and deps as a conductor in and around London alongside his busy schedule with The Sixteen. He is trained in choral and orchestral conducting, and is a conductor, singer, pianist and organist. Short term, flexible concert work/church work ideal to fit with work schedule: very happy to dep at the last minute. He has sung in cathedrals and London churches since he was a chorister, so is familiar with all types of liturgy. email: decmusic@gmail.com phone: 07880 705909


James Lloyd Thomas MA FRCO FTCL GTCL LRAM recently moved back to the UK after being DoM at Harrow International School Hong Kong and then Organist/Choirmaster at Nelson Cathedral NZ, seeks conducing and choral directing work in the Midlands area. Huge amount of experience with choirs of every shape and size, and in depth knowledge of the repertoire for youth, chamber and larger choirs and choral societies; also an experienced orchestral conductor. Has performed on radio and TV in three continents. Relaxed but purposeful approach and a sense of humour often apparent!

Also works as an accompanist - organ, piano and harpsichord (has own instrument) For more details email James Thomas <jlt0031@gmail.com>


Robert Mingay-Smith began his musical career as an organist at the age of 14 and completed the ABRSM Organ Diploma for performance at the age of 19. In 1998 he became Director of Music at St Peter’s Church in Brandon, Suffolk after which he commenced his studies in organ, voice and bassoon at Trinity College of Music, London. Robert graduated with a BMUS (Hons) in 2005. During his career, Robert has held choral scholarships at both St Edmundsbury Cathedral and St Martin-in-the-fields, and posts as Assistant Director of Music at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich, and St. Michael’s Cornhill, London.

From 2009 to 2013 Robert was a member of the British vocal ensemble VOCES8 with whom he toured world-wide. During his time with the ensemble they recorded six CDs including the Bach Motets and Aces High. Robert performs regularly as an organ soloist in the UK and at many of London’s churches and cathedrals. He has performed all over America and in concerts improvising alongside Naji Hakim. He is a founder member of the flute & organ duo INVERSION, alongside the award-winning flautist Ruth Stockdale with whom he tours internationally.

Robert is the director of various ensembles based in London including the Marble Hill Singers and Landmark Sound. Robert founded the Square Mile Music Series and is artist director of the new ensemble Seraphim (www.seraphimconsort.co.uk); both of which are based at St Mary-at-Hill Church, London where Robert is the Director of Music, a post he has held since 2007. Please contact Robert Mingay-Smith, Musical Director/Conductor/accompanist, London based. Visit www.robertmingay-smith.com or email director@seraphimconsort.co.uk


Elaine Cox gained a Diploma in Choral Direction and is seeking more experience conducting and rehearsing any type of music. Versatile and happy to take rehearsals to performance, or to conduct the musical instructions of other directors. Preferred area of operation is Reading / West Berkshire / South Oxfordshire. Accompanist needed where required. Voluntary considered. Please contact: Elaine Cox Email: siccarpt@gmail.com Phone: 07766 780549.



Christopher Ebbern DipABRSM, ATCL (Distinction) Pianist, Organist & Baritone is searching for a Director of Music/Organist and Choir Master/Organist position in the East Midlands area. Happy playing for both traditional and contemporary services. Can lead and accompany choir practices and music group practices. Currently works as a music teacher in schools, privately and conducts and accompanies choirs. For more information contact Chris Ebbern: <tr> <td align="left" height="26" valign="top" width="100%">&nbsp;</td> </tr>

Mob: 07792089104 Web: www.pianovoce.co.uk Email: chris_ebbern@yahoo.co.uk


Julian Whittaker is an experienced choral conductor and has recently moved to Gloucester, to take up the post of Director of Music at the Crypt School, which is a boys’ grammar school. He runs  a flourishing choir and is experienced in working with young voices-particularly boys. He has also conducted two choral societies and conducted all the key large choral works including Faure Requiem, Britten St Nicolas, Armed man, Nelson mass, Pergolesi Magnificat and many others. He has conducted two chamber choirs and worked on the key British part songs, madrigal and unaccompanied repertoire. He was also been assistant conductor, accompanist and voice trainer for the Cheshire Youth Choir. I now sing with both the Gloucester Choral Society and St Cecilia Singers. He is now looking to take on an established chamber choir or choral society within around 30 miles radius of Gloucester. Email Julian Whittaker jwhittaker@crypt.gloucs.sch.uk


David Fawcett is an enthusiastic and inspiring professional choir trainer, musical director, conductor and choral composer. Recently relocated to Swanage, Dorset after 26 years leading one of London's largest and most adventurous choral societies. Now looking for new opportunities to work with choirs, both church and secular, in Dorset and the southwest. Available for workshops (including those featuring his own compositions), come and sing / other one-off choral events, and deputising, as well as permanent engagements. Also an organist and accompanist (ARCO). email: david.fawcett@rocketmail.com / website: www.davidfawcettcomposer.com


Paul Wardell, BMus(Hons), MEd, PGCE, ARCO, NPQH, Fellow of the ISM. Experienced conductor and musical director with over 40 years working with choirs, choral societies, musical theatre and G & S groups (including children's choirs and youth theatre). Available for freelance work in the mid/north Wales, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire region. Telephone 07867 943810 / 01686 628803. Email p.wardell1@btinternet.com


Prof. Andrew M.Williamson BA FCII FCIPD Dip C Mus.  An appropriately experienced and qualified amateur musician, recently retired to the Thanet Area, is offering his non-stipendiary services to help local churches develop their music in worship, especially those wishing to combine the best of traditional and modern compositions. For further details, and to contact, please visit: http://minimconsulting.branded.me


Sarit Aloni  is a trained conductor as well as a qualified soprano and a pianist. Earned her Master in Choral Conducting from the School of Music of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (2015) and her Bachelor in voice performance in the Academy of Music in Tel - Aviv, Israel (1998). Sarit also studied voice in Italy in the Conservatory of Perugia, where she worked also as a professional piano accompanist. She was the founder of four choirs in Italy and in Vancouver and was selected to lead Vivaldi Chamber Choir, an auditioned choir in Vancouver, Canada. Sarit is planning to move to London, UK at July 2015 and will be available to overtake new positions as a choral/artistic Director. Please contact Sarit at alonisarit@gmail.com for resume and references, or visit her website at www.saritaloni.com


David Simmonds an experienced choral director and Member of the Association of British Choral Directors, living near Bath. I am also a choral singer, singing the RSCM Voices West and New Bristol Voices and a composer.  I would like to direct an SATB choir to perform music from the past 500 years.   I have a particular interest in British music of the Tudor period and of the 20th & 21st Centuries, with a special love of the music of Herbert Howells.

My approach to choral direction is to work as a team of equals, to enable singing to be an enjoyable, rewarding and pleasurable experience for all; no choir sings well under a tyrannical and bad tempered director. I am not a pianist or an organist so I would require an experienced accompanist to work with me.  Email: david@davidsimmondsassociates.co.uk or phone 07802 873567


Robert Bunting, An an experienced choral conductor who has recently moved to the Cambridge area and looking for a directorship with an SATB choir.  My approach would be to sing everything from William Byrd to George Gershwin and find innovative ways of reaching out into the community through workshops, collaborations and creative programming. Email burnside79@virginmedia.com


Charlie Swift is a determined and highly organised individual, with a strong work ethic, and proven ability to manage projects, strict budgets and time scales and a Musical Director with experience delivering high profile projects. www.charlieswift.com


My name is Alan Herbert I have recently moved into the Garstang area I would like to get involved as a Musical director of either a mixed or a male voice choir. I have a long and vast experience conducting most of the classics SATB and for the past 7 years was MD to Haydock MVC taking them and winning the Isle of Man music festival in 2009 and 2013. I conducted 2000 male voices at the MEN arena in 2000. Contact tel 07799 904185.


Dr. Timothy Mount is professor emeritus at Stony Brook University, one of the leading music schools in the U.S., where he conducted and taught masters and doctoral choral conducting.  He is also on the roster of the Fulbright Specialist program in choral music and choral conducting.

The Specialist program places senior scholars in positions at overseas universities for residencies of 2-6 weeks.  Fulbright pays the specialist a stipend and travel expenses.  The host institution pays living expenses while in residence.  The program is a wonderful opportunity for colleges and universities to sponsor a guest choral conductor/teacher at very little cost.

More about the program can be seen at: http://www.cies.org/programs-us-scholars-specialist/program-information

Please contact Dr. Mount at timmount@gmail.com for resume, biography, repertoire list, discography, and further information. Dr Mount is also available for guest conducting and sabbatical leave positions


Elizabeth Edwards Dip Mus Ed RSAMD, LRAM ( Pfte T) LTCL (PfteT) LGSM ( Singing T) LLCM ( Singing P) PGCE  FISM. Would love to lead a small/medium sized choir in the Thirsk/Northallerton/Darlington area – ladies, male, SATB . From beginners to advanced in standard.  Experienced teacher, conductor, accompanist, performer. See my website www.E-for-Entertainment.co.uk or phone 07502221887 for more information.

With a high-pedigree choral background (King's College, Cambridge) and now working as a professional musical director, vocal coach and singer (English National Opera), I am interested in opportunities for choral conducting, chorus mastering and vocal coaching. Currently working with choral societies Jubilate and Songbyrds, I bring a dynamic and knowledgeable approach to all my work, using aspects of vocal technique, movement, the Alexander Technique and humour to instruct and inspire my fellow musicians. My experience of choral music, art song and opera is particularly wide-ranging. I am London-based and am interested in remunerated positions only, except in exceptional circumstances. Contact Ed Bonner email: ejbonner@googlemail.com


A young conductor with experience with both choral and instrument conducting. I am about to commence my third of training at a conservatoire and currently study conducting with Danielle Rosina. I have over 5 years of teaching experience, with much success with both adults and children. I can conduct any genre required although i do have a particular interest in both light music and musical theatre. I am, as you would assume, very much at the beginning of my career and am under no illusion that i am the worlds best conductor! I do, however, put my self fully into everything i do and have very high musical standards and feel i can bring freshness to any ensemble or musical theatre company who wants me. Fees are very much negotiable, so please contact me with any enquiries you may have. Stephen Partridge  email: sppartridge355@btinternet.com or Tel: 0796 3894 282


Qualified and experienced choir master based in Hertford is looking for a choir. I moved last year from The Netherlands to the UK for love and I miss the music. I left a beautiful Roman Catholic choir and a funeral choir in Holland. Since 1992 I conducted a varied numbers of choirs: Protestant, Greek orthodox, chamber music, a-cappella, world music, Taize. I have a lot of experience with vocal training and I am very creative and an enthusiastic choir builder, using theatre techniques. I am based in Hertford. You can contact me via facebook. https://www.facebook.com/rinsche.huizing

 


Lorraine Cowburn MD for Leeds People's choir. Energetic and experienced leader and music educator. 20 years experience in community music and 4 years experience leading choirs. Happy to run regular groups or one off workshops in a range of settings. Also available for commission of original works and new arrangements for existing pieces. Based in Headingley Leeds West Yorkshire. Please email joylorrainecowburn@gmail.com

 


Experienced professional choir trainer and RSCM examiner (RCO qualified) available for choir training/choral conducting work. Based in Woking area of Surrey. davidoldfield678@btinternet.com  Tel 01932 874664.

 


Professional, dynamic choir director and pianist with several years of experience in different European countries, recently relocated in the UK, is looking for work in London area (only paid positions). Ideally looking for a choir with varied repertoire (e.g. not only "strictly classical"), which is open to new challenges, which enjoys singing and wants to get professional performing standards in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere: all levels are welcome, small or big ensembles, young or experienced, amateurs or professionals, theatre or church choirs. In exchange I'll bring you professional musical experience in conducting, playing, arranging and performing, vocal and stage training, I'll help you to develop the sound, the singing skills and the repertoire, teach you how to sing with music copy or by ear, I'll bring you experience in working with groups of singers and managing group dynamics, the ability to develop individuals, communication skills, energy, enthusiasm, passion for music and commitment.  Fell free to contact me for further information. Paolo Buttaboni Contact:  paolobuttaboni@yahoo.co.uk mobile: 07826.43.90.43

 


Trevor Jones seeks a conducting position in Gloucestershire or Bristol with a choir and/or orchestra. He trained at Dartington where he sang in a couple of staged works, sang as a choral concert soloist in Mozart, Monteverdi, Bach, Handel and Gabrielli and conducted student groups. He has worked with Devon Baroque on 'Messiah' and has conducted works by Buxtehude, Monteverdi, Bach, Mozart, Schubert and others. He is currently forming an opera company where he will direct performances of his own opera 'Maria Marten', Purcell's 'Dido and Aeneas' and is aiming to commission new operas.  Trevor can be contacted on 01453 764749 or emailed at musical_notes12@yahoo.co.uk.

 


Ben Pinnow is a  South Wales based choral conductor, accompanist and musical educator, Ben graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with a Masters in Choral Conducting where he received the Busenhart-Morgan-Evans Choral Conducting Bursary – awarded by the Worshipful Company of Singers. Ben is currently the musical director for newly formed professional choir, Seren Singers as well as City Voices Bristol, Roath Community Chorus and Opera in Situ which aims to bring opera into the community. As well as this, Ben is assistant musical director for Cwmbach Male Choir and Canton Chorus. He is also available to run choral workshops and 'Come and Sing' days and is much in demand as an accompanist. He can be reached by telephone on 07843669457 or email: benjapin@gmail.com

 


Accompanists/Pianists/Organists - Vacancies

 

Cleeve Chorale seeks an experienced accompanist for September 2019.  Cleeve Chorale is a sociable and welcoming, non-auditioned choral society based in Bishop’s Cleeve, north of Cheltenham.  Its membership (currently 55 singers) perform 3 major concerts each year alongside a programme of workshops and smaller events.  Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings at Bishop’s Cleeve Primary Academy.

The choir seeks to appoint a skilled pianist with outstanding sight-reading and score reading skills to accompany weekly rehearsals.   Additionally, the successful applicant would be expected to accompany the choir in performances where repertoire dictates.  Remuneration will be £50 per rehearsal, with additional fees for performances when applicable.  

To apply for this position, please send a letter of application and curriculum vitae, along with details of two referees to info@cleevechorale.co.uk.  The closing date for applications is Friday 10th May 2019.   Shortlisting will take place on Sunday 12th May with initial auditions in the week commencing 20th May. For more information please see the choir’s website: cleevechorale.co.uk or email: Catherine Newbury, chairman, info@cleevechorale.co.uk

[Posted 21 April 2019 - Closing date 10 May 2019]


Salisbury Community Choir (SCC) seeks a musician to provide professional standard accompaniment, under the direction of the Musical Director. SCC is a non-auditioned, friendly choir of around 160 members. It sings a wide range of music from choral classics to classic pop and newly commissioned music. Visit our website www.salisburycommunitychoir.org for more about us.

Rehearsal: Thursdays 7.15pm - 9.15pm in Salisbury
Terms: self-employed, fee per rehearsal to be agreed

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Attend Thursday evening rehearsals and accompany the choir as requested by the director. There are around 40-42 rehearsals a year.
  2. To accompany the choir on piano, organ or other appropriate instruments in concerts (a minimum of 3 concerts a year) and on tour. Concerts may include opportunities for playing solo on organ or piano.
  3. Under the direction of the Director, assist in the musical training of SCC.
  4. If unable to attend any given rehearsal or concert, to be responsible to book a replacement of at least equal standing and ability

ESSENTIAL SKILLS/EXPERIENCE

  1. A highly skilled pianist and organist
  2. A sensitive and imaginative accompanist with outstanding sight-reading and score-reading skills, and a strongly supportive of the singers through their way of playing
  3. Able to work as part of a team, collaborating with and supporting the director in developing the choir

Interviews will be held in July 2019. Auditions for chosen candidates will be during choir rehearsals in July. Ideally the accompanist will start work in September 2019.
To apply, please send your CV (with 2 references) and a covering letter by email to: Susan Mawer, Chair, SCC chairman@salisburycommunitychoir.org who is also able to answer informal enquiries.

[Posted 21 April 2019]]


St Peter’s Hale Cheshire PCC is seeking an Organist; our present organist is leaving to take up a Cambridge Organ scholarship. St Peter’s is an Anglican Parish Church with a strong choral tradition. Our volunteer adult choir of 16(SATB) sing at our main Sunday morning service each week, two evening services a month and at major festivals. Choir practice currently Thursday evenings. Members of our congregation are keen to support our choir and are appreciative of the choir’s commitment. Our Organist reports to the Director of Music. This requires 5/6 hours per week including Sundays and choir practice currently Thursday evenings. Our 2 manual pipe organ (electric action) was refurbished in 2005. Salary £5,000 pa. For further information on either position please contact Norma Entwisle -0161 980 3043 entwisle@uwclub.net To apply please submit CV to above e mail address. Closing date 15th May - interviews shortly afterwards.

[Posted 2 April 2019 - Closing date 15 May 2019]


Dunsford Singers are looking for a new, experienced choral accompanist from September 2019. We are an enthusiastic community choir in the Teign Valley, just south of Exeter. We meet on Monday evenings, 7.30 -9.00 pm, in Dunsford Village Hall. Our excellent MD, Tim Pithers, could offer a lift from Exeter. Remuneration is £45 per session for the right person. Concert accompaniment available. Varied repertoire - classical and modern. For more info please contact  Chairman Jan Middleton ( jon.middleton@tiscali.co.uk) or Tim Pithers ( trpithers@googlemail.com)

[Posted 21 March 2019]


Accompanist wanted for Shaldon Singers (near Teignmouth, Devon) Shaldon Singers requires a piano accompanist for the season starting on Thursday 12 September 2019.   Our concerts will be on Saturday 7 December 2019 and Saturday 16 May 2020.  We rehearse from 7.15 to 9 pm on Thursday evenings in term-time, at St. Peter’s Church, Shaldon.  If you would like to hear the choir, our next concert will be on Saturday 11 May and will include Gounod St Cecilia Mass.   We will have orchestral accompaniment for this, as is usual for our May concerts.  We are seeking someone who is used to accompanying choral societies and is a proficient sight-reader who is familiar with playing from open and closed scores.  An ability to play the organ is desirable, but not essential.  If you are interested in the position, please contact Ann Pardoe on 01626 873709 or shaldonsingers@gmail.com for full details.

[Posted 1 March 2019 - Closing date 31 May 2019]


The Winchmore Singers require a new accompanist from September 2019. We are a ladies choir and meet on Tuesdays between 10:30 and 12:30 in Enfield Town, for three 10 week terms. Please send a CV and letter outlining your suitability for the post to our Chair, Josephine Scotney, at jg.scotney@gmail.com

[Posted 26 February 2019 - Closing date 17 May 2019]


St Mary Magdalene Church, Richmond, seeks to appoint a Senior Organ Scholar for the academic year 2019-2020 (September till end of July), with the potential opportunity to continue for a second year by mutual agreement. The Organ Scholar receives an annual honorarium of £2,500 and generous extra fees for any weddings/funerals throughout the year. Music at St. Mary’s Music plays an integral role in worship at St. Mary’s. The church has a very able and enthusiastic robed SATB choir, supported by four paid Choral Scholars (SATB), which performs music covering a vast variety of musical styles from the Renaissance to the present day.

Typical Weekly Timetable
Thursday
19.30 - 21.00 - Choir rehearsal 
Sunday
08.45 - 09.20 - Choir rehearsal
09.30 - 10.45 - Morning Eucharist
17.00 - 18.15 - Choir rehearsal
18.30 - 19. 30 - Choral Evensong
This list is not intended to be exhaustive and the Organ Scholar may be asked to play at other services on occasion.

Person Specification
The successful candidate should be of a decent standard in organ playing and show a willingness to learn. The prospective Organ Scholar should show good initiative and have excellent self-management and organisational skills. He/she should be a good team-player willing to work well with others.

Application and Audition
The deadline for applications is 12noon, Friday 22 March 2019. Auditions will take place on Saturday 6 April 2019. To apply, candidates are asked to submit a complete CV along with a letter of application by email (preferable) or post to the Director of Music, Alexander Knight. Informal enquiries and visits to the church are most welcome.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to audition and will be asked to:
• Play two contrasting pieces chosen by the candidate:
- One by J. S. Bach.
- The other written after 1800.
• Play the final two verses of a hymn, provided on the day of audition; • Play a short sight reading test.
Email: alexk9@me.com

More information www.stmarymagdalenechoir.co.uk and www.richmondteamministry.org

[Posted 21 February 2019 - Closing date 22 March 2019]


Brighton Festival Chorus seeks Accompanist. Talented, accomplished accompanist sought for busy symphonic chorus, rehearsing on Tuesday evenings just outside Brighton.  There is the opportunity for the post to include some conducting of the chorus, if appropriate, and chorus mastering for major concerts in Brighton and at other UK venues.  Brighton Festival Chorus performs much of the major symphonic choral repertoire along with more unusual works, recordings and collaborations.  There are occasionally extra rehearsals during busy periods, for example during the Brighton Festival in May.  For further details about the Chorus visit www.bfc.org.uk

To apply for the post, please send a biog or CV to james@morganpochin.com

[Posted 18 February 2019 - Closing date 15 March 2019]


An Established Community Choir, The Braughing Sing, are looking for a new piano accompanist to work closely with our Musical Director.  Based in the village of Braughing, in North East Hertfordshire, we are a mixed ability, friendly and welcoming non-auditioned community choir of about 40+ members.  We rehearse on Tuesday evenings between 7.30pm and 9.00pm, during school term.  We have a repertoire ranging from choral to modern pop and perform two or three concerts a year. We are looking for an accompanist with good keyboard and sight-reading skills who will accompany the choir both at rehearsals and at concerts. The post is remunerated and will start as soon as possible. Additional information can be provided on request. Visit our Facebook Page - The Braughing Sing. Please send your application and CV (with an indication of your expected rate of remuneration) to mike@dasselshouse.co.uk 

[Posted 07 February 2019]


A vacancy exists for a pianist/accompanist/teacher for The CHEPSTOW U3A CHOIR.The role which whilst challenging with a small "c" ,is musically a very fulfilling and satisfying one, as one would be working with many trained choristers, and alongside Ted Darling as Choir Director who, in his day, was one of The UK's leading tenors. If such a person was additionally, also interested in assisting dementia patients though song, then this would be "right up their street"as we perform in many local care homes and are very well regarded. The position is a voluntary one, although The Choir could pay travel expenses if required. For further info visit https://www.u3asites.org.uk/chepstow/page/3379 and send a message to the Convenor, Anne Davies, via the online form.

[Posted 03 February 2019]


Garden City Singers, Letchworth Herts - are seeking an Accompanist to support rehearsals and performances, working closely with the Musical Director as the Choir continues to build on its existing reputation as a good amateur choir. You will be a skilled pianist and have excellent sight-reading skills with a willingness to prepare in advance of rehearsal. You will accompany the Choir at weekly rehearsals, held on Wednesday nights between 7:45 and 10pm with a break for a cup of tea and chat at The Central Methodist Church Hall, Pixmore Way, Letchworth. In addition you will be requested to accompany us at major concerts, in 2019 this will be in June, September and December.

Our members are a friendly and caring group and are looking forward to welcoming a new pianist. Initially the appointment will be from May 2019 but with a hand over period possible. Our existing accompanist wishes to step down by July 2019. The position attracts expenses on a sessional, self-employed basis with the suitably qualified, successful candidate receiving the sum agreed per calendar month. We do not meet in August and holidays can be accommodated subject to notification.

If you would like to apply for the above post, please send your CV, including contact details for a musical reference, to The Secretary at members@gardencitysingers.co.uk.
Interviews, including the chance to accompany 45 mins of a rehearsal, will take place in March/April 2019

[Posted 24 January 2019]


Peterborough Sings! seek a musician to provide professional standard piano accompaniment and to play a major role in the training of their two adult choirs, Peterborough Male Voice Choir and Peterborough Voices. The vacancy arises as the previous post holder, Alessandro Viale, recently left the UK at the conclusion of his Junior Fellowship at Trinity Laban.

Rehearsals take place in Peterborough on Mondays (PMVC) and Tuesdays (PV) from 7.00pm – 9.45pm. Scheduled performances, competitions and tours are available on request.

Peterborough Male Voice Choir and Peterborough Voices are ambitious auditioned ensembles. In recent years they have performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, Brighouse and Rastrick, Black Dyke, Grimethorpe Brass Bands. They have an impressive record of competition success and have toured extensively, both in the UK and overseas. Further details of our organisation and activities can be found at www.peterboroughsings.org.uk.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Attend year-round Monday and Tuesday evening rehearsals and accompany the choirs as requested by the director.
  • Accompany the choirs in concerts, competitions and on tour.
  • Contribute to the continuing development of members through regular sectional rehearsals.
  • Lead sectional and full rehearsals, coaching choir members and preparing repertoire for performance.

PERSON SPECIFICATION:

  • A skilled pianist; a sensitive accompanist with outstanding sight-reading and score-reading skills, willing to prepare each work(s) in advance, and a strong empathy toward choral rehearsal technique and confidence building for singers.
  • An experienced and confident musical leader able to use a variety of strategies to train and develop singers.
  • An excellent communicator able to confidently model vocally.
  • Fluent in reading short score and open score.
  • Able to work well as part of a team, being willing to collaborate with and support the director in developing the choirs.
  • Have good social skills and a willingness to interact with choir members.

 

The position is paid on a sessional, self-employed basis. Fees in 2017 amounted to c. £9k.

Interviews will be held in January 2019. Auditions for chosen candidates will be during choir rehearsals at the end of January 2019. Ideally the accompanist will commence work on 11th February 2019.

To apply, please send your CV (with 2 references) and a covering letter by email to: Jo Royle, Administrator, Peterborough Sings! jo.royle@peterboroughsings.org.uk, who is also able to answer informal enquiries. The closing date for applications is Friday 7th December.

Potential candidates are warmly invited to discuss the role informally with the previous postholder, Alessandro Viale (viale.alessandro@gmail.com) and/or the director, William Prideaux (will.prideaux@peterboroughsings.org.uk/ 01733 425194).

[Posted 12 November 2018]


Piano Accompanist required for Morecambe Bay Singers, Lancashire asap. The Morecambe Bay Singers are seeking a friendly, fun and enthusiatic pianist who can sight read to accompany this 70 year old choir. Originally the Trimpell Choir formed in 1947, then famously performing as Morecambe and District Philharmonic Choir, they still meet every Wednesday evening at Morecambe Parish Church.  Their versatile concert repertoire ranges from majestic masses and requiems to popular pop songs and show tunes. If an accompanist cannot be foumd then the choir is in danger of folding.

The choir meets every Wednesday at Morecambe Parish Church, Church Street. 7.30pm until 9.45pm with a break for a cup of tea and a chat.  They are a friendly, inclusive choir who welcome anybody with a love of music and singing, whatever level, with no auditions.  Musical Director is Laura Pointer.

If you can help please visit the website https://www.facebook.com/morecambebaysingers or http://www.thedrawingroom-design.co.uk/mbs/ or email mbschoir2017@gmail.com

[Posted 12 November 2018]


Choir pianist wanted for Richmond (North Yorkshire) ladies' choir called Musicality (28 members).  We cover many genre from showsongs and pop to spirituals, sacred and madrigals.  Our accompanist, Gillian Ash, who also conducts from the piano is stepping down after 10 successful years.   We cover many venues including stately homes and local theatres. Find us on facebook@musicalityladieschoir.

[Posted 12 October 2018]


New Harmony Singers (Torfaen), require an experienced accompanist to take up position as soon as possible. Rehearsals are held on Sunday evenings in St Mary's Church Hall, Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran: 7:30pm - 9:30pm. The accompanist will be required to play for rehearsals and an average 12 concerts per year. Details of remuneration available on application. Please ring Ms P Guy (BEM), Musical Director on 07969045826

[Posted 4 October 2018]


Guilsfield Singers (Mid Wales) seek accompanist for rehearsals and concerts. Guilsfield Singers are a friendly, mixed choir of some 40 – 50 people who meets Thursday evenings at the Old School in Guilsfield, a large village between Welshpool and Oswestry. Our previous accompanist, Paul Wardell, is now the choir’s Musical Director, hence the vacancy. The choir usually gives 4 – 6 performances a year, in Welshpool, Guilsfield, and the surrounding area. Concerts in 2017  included Stainer’s Daughter of Jairus,– one of a handful of performances since 1912 – a supper concert in July at Guilsfield Community Centre, a concert at Montgomery in October, a slot at the Llanwddyn Folk Festival, and finishing off with a carol concert at Guilsfield. This year’s spring concert includes Rutter’s Magnificat. The choir’s repertoire includes music from the 16th to 21st centuries, sacred and secular, serious and lighthearted;  folk songs and spirituals, cantatas and carols, requiems, and medleys from musicals.

Please contact the Choir’s Chairman, Diana Gerrett, email b.gerrett@gmail.com for more information or to express an interest.

[Posted 16 May 2018]

Accompanist - Marlow Gospel Choir (Buckinghamshire). Marlow Gospel Choir is a new community choir led by Caroline Slade, based in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. We are seeking an accompanist for a June workshop, and for weekly rehearsals on Wednesday evenings from September. The right person would be skilled at improvisation and have some knowledge or interest in gospel music, and a love for making music with the local community. Fees will be discussed but are unlikely to include travel expenses.

For further information please see 'Marlow Gospel Choir' on Facebook or contact cjmc.slade@gmail.com

[Posted 9 May 2018]



Sawtry Chorale, based in Sawtry near Huntingdon, Cambs, are looking for a pianist for rehearsals and concerts from September 2018. We are an amateur SATB community choir of 30 un-auditioned members who enjoy singing a wide range of music. Our ideal pianist will have strong keyboard and sight-reading skills, plenty of patience and be flexible and sensitive in supporting the M.D and choir members. We will, however, consider all applicants (including talented and enthusiastic young people aged 13+) who have achieved good piano grades. It could be that you are now looking to gain that experience as an rehearsal pianist but don't yet feel ready to accompany at concerts. Rehearsals take place in Sawtry from 7.45 - 9.45pm on Wednesdays with breaks for summer, Christmas and a week at Easter. Remuneration is paid for each rehearsal in attendance with additional fees for concerts (usually 4 a year). Fees dependent on experience/ qualifications. Expressions of interest with a CV can be sent via email to joyceday1930@hotmail.com

[Posted 25 April 2018]


St. Mary Bromley wish to engage an organist to play for two, preferably three Sunday mornings a month at our 10.30 a.m. services. The fee paid is £50 per service. We have an able and enthusiastic choir that practice on a Thursday evening and sing at the morning services of Holy Communion and evening services. We are seeking an organist who will be familiar with church choral music.

The music of St. Mary’s includes a broad range of anthems in line with RSCM suggestions. St. Mary’s has a website that will give you a flavour of our life http://www.stmarys-bromley.org.uk/ Please reply to the Vicar, Revd Alan Keeler agkeeler@tiscali.co.uk

[Posted 22 March 2018]


Saint Aldhelm's Parish Church, is seeking a new organist/accompanist to organise and play the music for our 10am Sunday Eucharist. You would also be required to play at special celebrations specified in the Church calendar (Maundy Thursday, Easter Saturday Vigil, Christmas Eve Midnight Mass and Christmas Day). You would also get first refusal on any other services; weddings or funerals. You would also be required to work with and develop our music life with choir/band practice on a Saturday morning: 10am to 12noon. We use Common Worship Liturgy accompanied by a combination of traditional hymns and more contemporary worship songs, and worship is in a modern catholic tradition. We have a small but enthusiastic choir, and have recently been working on developing a worship band with bass guitar and drums. We are offering fees of £40 for the Saturday practice session and £70 for Sunday and special services. Saint Aldhelm's is on Silver Street, upper Edmonton, N18 1PA, very close to the Great Cambridge Roundabout. Please send application and CV to our email address; vicar@aldhelms.co.uk

[Posted 12 February 2018]




The Pewsey Belles Ladies Choir based in Pewsey, Wiltshire is seeking to appoint a piano accompanist from February 2018.  Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings, 1930 – 2100 in The Wesley Hall, behind the Methodist Church, Goddard Road, Pewsey, Wiltshire.  We do not meet during school holidays and are willing to be flexible with regard to holidays or any other commitments applicants may have.  The pianist would accompany rehearsals, concerts and events.  This is a friendly and welcoming unauditioned community choir whose main aim is to have fun.  We sing various styles of music (pop, sacred, musicals).  You can contact us via the website: pewseybelles.org.uk or via email to the choir secretary: jean.mcguigan@totalise.co.uk.

[Posted 12 February 2018]



 

Accompanists/Pianists/Organists - Jobs Wanted

 

John Eagles. Well-qualified and experienced organist and choirmaster (M.Mus, FRCO (DipCHD)) seeks position of Director of Music (or equivalent) at an Anglican church with potential for maintaining or developing a high standard of liturgical performance within the framework of a supportive and collaborative ministry. Preferred locations: north-west London, Hertfordshire/Buckinghamshire borders. Please contact John EaglesTel: 01895 753271. Email: johnr.eagles@yahoo.co.uk


Anthony Merryweather, an experienced and reliable accompanist is available for concerts, exams, choral society rehearsals, music festivals and recordings. Piano and Organ. London and Home Counties. Sometimes available at short notice.  More info at www.mraccompanist.co.uk 07712 833705

 


Gina Eason - Enthusiastic and capable lady organist and choir director with many years experience seeks both permanent position and opportunity to become a member of a team and church family  at church near her home in Dorking/Reigate area. Gina Eason email: keyboardistic@aol.com Tel: 01306611404

 
 

 
Choirs seeking Singers
 

Coro Nuovo is looking for strong experienced altos and tenors.  We are based in Sussex and led by international opera singer Andrew Rees.  We have limited rehearsal (about 4) on Saturday mornings before a concert.  We are based in Haywards Heath but attract singers from Sussex and Surrey.  We do not note bash – singers work hard in between rehearsal and concerts are well attended.   We also support young musicians with a bursary each year.  It’s an exciting new choir with a wide repertoire.   Please contact www.coronuovo.org.uk

[Posted 3 April 2019]


Experienced sight singers, and those willing to improve sight singing skills, are invited to join The Severn Ensemble, an octet of sopranos, altos, tenors, baritone and bass. The ensemble is based at the Church of The Immaculate Conception in Stroud, and performs concerts and occasional liturgies. The ensemble will rehearse and perform English Tudor anthems and motets, European sacred choral music and some contemporary work for concerts and liturgical singing in Stroud, other parts of Gloucestershire and further afield. Please contact the founder Director at: 11tgjones@gmail.com with details of experience and your home location.

[Posted 12 February 2019]


The Choir of St Ambrose, Bristol is looking for fine-voiced tenors and basses. We are a small, high standard choir comprising choral scholars and experienced singers, some professional. Strong sight-reading required. We meet once monthly for an early morning rehearsal before the morning eucharist at St Ambrose church, Bristol (BS5), and are building repertoire for a tour of concerts. There is no payment, so everybody comes for the pleasure of singing together to an excellent standard. For more details and to trial with us, please email the director, Jonathan James, on hello@jonathanjamesmusic.com.

[Posted 20 December 2018]


St John’s Chamber Choir (Bury St Edmunds) needs good readers in all voice parts.  Based in Bury St Edmunds, StJCC is a new choir that is affiliated to St John’s Church. We aim to sing lots and rehearse little so strong reading skills are essential. The choir sings at a service on the first Sunday morning of each month and at Anglican Evensongs four times a year. We intend to build in other engagements, including concerts and services, often at seasonal events such as Easter, Summer and Christmas.  Enquiries from any voice part will be welcome. For more information, please contact the director: andrew_watts@lineone.net

[Posted 07 February 2019]