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.


All vacancies posted in 2018 have now been removed. If they are still unfilled please resubmit.



 

 
Conductors/Musical Directors
 
Music Director – St Richard Singers, Chichester, Sussex. The choir is seeking to appoint a new Music Director to start in September 2019 to build on our established record and provide stability for the years ahead. The applicant will find a friendly and enthusiastic mixed voices choir and hardworking committee with a loyal and growing following. This is a paid position. Remuneration and professional fees are commensurate with experience and expertise, and guided by professional recommendations. Rehearsals are weekly on Mondays during term time from 7.30 to 9.30pm, including most Bank holidays and some half-terms. Our regular concert venue is acoustically one of the best in the area.

St Richard Singers is a not-for-profit organisation and Chichester’s longestestablished chamber choir in its 50th anniversary season 2019/ 2020. The choir performs 3 major concerts a year, one per academic term, and in addition occasionally sings in liturgical context. The choir currently has a membership of around 35 singers, and new members are informally auditioned. SRS is a committed and experienced body of singers who enjoy singing mainly sacred music from the Renaissance onward, both a cappella and accompanied by solo instrument or small orchestral ensemble. The departing MD, countertenor Jake Barlow, has provided highly professional excellent musical leadership, combined with great inter-personal and media skills, enthusiasm and vision. The choir has established a good working relationship with local instrumentalists and soloists, drawn from among university students and established musicians. Our website St Richard Singers has more information about the choir, including reviews, publicity and audio material of recent performances, as well as a restricted members’ area. We are also building up a social media presence.

If you think you are the right candidate to take SRS forward, please contact our Secretary SRS Secretary or call 07961 833587 for an initial conversation and to request an application pack. The recruitment process is then expected to consist of short-listed candidates attending an interview before a panel, and a 20 to 30 minute trial conducting session with the choir. The appointment will be made by the Committee on behalf of the choir. The new choir year officially starts on 2 September.

Applications should include a current CV, details of two referees, and a covering letter/ vision paper explaining your suitability with reference to the person specification. Interviews will take place on Mon 8 or 15 July, trials on Mon 15 or 22 July.

Full application pack from our Secretary, Sarah Nunn (sarahnunn144@outlook.com), and the website is https://www.strichardsingers.org.uk/

[Posted 12 June 2019 - Closing date 26 June 2019]


Songbirds in Harmony, a ladies choir based in Cannock, Staffordshire, is seeking an experienced MD to take the reins from 2020. We are an established choir of 9 years, and have almost 40 members, and sing modern pop music arrangements, mostly three part harmonies. Weekly rehearsals are at a school hall in Hednesford, Staffordshire,every Monday evening, and we rehearse throughout the year. We currently perform 4 concerts per year. The role of MD is a paid position. More information about the choir can be found at www.songbirdsinharmony.co.uk and you can contact us on info@songbirdsinharmony.co.uk or call Annette on 07557052711

[Posted 12 June 2019]


Diocesan Ladies Choir Lincoln is looking for a Musical Director from September 2019. We are an auditioned ladies choir (SSAA) of 25 members, set up 9 years ago with a mission  to take music to churches who have no choir or music opportunities of their own. We support traditional services or special occasions, fund raising events or deliver workshops to smaller choirs when needed. Our repertoire  not only includes traditional and  modern church music but also a range of secular music for Concerts and other events as required. and we are always keen to learn new music. We rehearse in the centre of Lincoln on alternate Saturday mornings and our members come from all over the county of Lincolnshire. We are looking for a new MD who is a competent pianist and has skills in vocal techniques and who can bring a range of music to a special group of ladies. Our current MD is moving to new employment and we are eager to find a new MD to lead us. If you would like to apply for this vacancy please send a CV and covering letter showing your suitability for the role to  diocesanladieschoir@gmail.com For any further information contact about the role contact Lynn Shaw (Chair) at l-shaw@hotmail.com

[Posted 12 June 2019 - Closing date 19 July 2019]


Musical Director needed for The South Downs Singers for September 2019. We are a very friendly community choir based in Polegate near Eastbourne, East Sussex. We are seeking an MD to replace our current director, who is moving out of county. The choir meets Thursday evenings at 7.30 until 9.30, with a well-deserved 15 minute tea/coffee break. Our rehearsals are held at St Georges Church Hall, Polegate. Our choir performs two concerts a year, for local charities, and we have a fun end of term bash for friends and family of the choir at the end June. We have a very diverse repertoire, from classical to contemporary and popular,  with the addition of new pieces every concert chosen by our MD.

Desired Skills
Competent piano skills, good practical knowledge of different styles of music, and ability to play for and direct choir at most rehearsals.

Other Responsibilities
Choosing repertoire, arranging soloists and accompanists for concerts, and arranging for someone to deputise for rehearsals should there be a
need.

Terms
The MD will be engaged on a self employed basis, responsible for their own tax, and national insurance. Current rate is £60 a rehearsal, with a £150 fee for each concert. Rates are regularly reviewed.

Please contact the chair Kelly Richards in the first instance for further information. Email: kelsie52@btinternet.com Mobile: 07967562110  Land Line 01323 832767

[Posted 7 June 2019 - Closing date 31 July 2019]


Musical Director/Conductor required for The Argus Singers from January 2020. We are a mixed voice choir of between 30 and 40 singers, singing in 3 to 4 part harmony, based in Chester-le-Street, Co Durham. Our repertoire has something to suit all tastes, sacred choral, folk songs, spirituals, jazz, swing and pop arrangements. The commitment is rehearsals every two to three weeks on a Saturday afternoon between 2 and 4.30, and we perform up to six concerts a year, which includes a Christmas concert. Rehearsals take place at Chester-le-Street Methodist Church between September and July and we are lead by our current conductor and accompanist. Further information can be found on our website www.argussingers.org.uk If you would like to be considered, please email our secretary at info@argussingers.org.uk

[Posted 7 June 2019]


Assistant Director of the West Sussex Youth Choirs - Specialist in Boys' Voices. West Sussex Music is looking for a specialist in Boys’ Voices to enhance the work of West Sussex Youth Choir. The Assistant Director will work with the Choir weekly and take on particular responsibility for working with our young tenors and basses. The post holder will demonstrate an uncompromising and focused drive to improve pupil achievement and increase numbers of learners in the West Sussex Youth Choirs. For the successful candidate, there is the possibility of further hours during the week tutoring small group and individual vocal students. The West Sussex Youth Choir is for talented singers from across the county in Years 9 to 13. The choir rehearses weekly in term time on Saturdays, 1-3pm at The College of Richard Collyer in Horsham. For further information about this role call 01403 286330

Application forms are available to download on our ‘Working for West Sussex Music’ page at: www.westsussexmusic.co.uk/page.cfm?title=working-for-west-sussexmusic  Completed application forms should be sent to recruitment@westsussexmusic.co.uk 

[Posted 7 June 2019 - Closing date 19 June 2019]


West London’s Capital Chorus seeks a musical director to lead it to new performance heights. We’re a men’s a cappella chorus, members of the British Association of Barbershop Singers, and we’re seeking a new director with a vision to continue the chorus’s growth and development. We’re an enthusiastic and diverse group of 30 men, hardworking, quick to learn, receptive to new ideas and with a keen sense of fun. We have a rigorous audition process and use riser recordings to review individual progress. In 2018 we won the most entertaining chorus award at BABS Convention. Our new MD will be energetic and inspiring. They’ll share our ambition and offer a strategy to further develop our singing and performance skills. Rehearsals are on Monday evening in West Ealing. For further information please contact Paul Gordon (Chairman) paulandsue@ic24.net  07747 641802 website www.capitalchorus.co.uk

[Posted 4 June 2019]


Foxton Community Choir, based near Market Harborough are seeking a new Musical Director to conduct rehearsals and concerts, to provide musical leadership and develop our repertoire and singing capabilities in an engaging and enjoyable way. We are a friendly, non-auditioning Choir of 30 members, some of whom can read music but most are enthusiastic amateurs who do not read.  We enjoy singing varied material from musicals, folk songs, hymns, opera and film mostly in 3 parts (SAB) and occasionally in 4 parts.  We rehearse every Thursday, 7.30 - 9.00pm in Foxton Church from September and ending in June with a social. We would welcome someone with some suitable conducting experience, enthusiasm and an ability to motivate but importantly who shares our emphasis on participation and enjoyment.

The appointment will be from September 2019 and the post comes with a negotiable Honorarium, dependent on experience.  For further details contact our present MD, Adele Rogers on 07581341957. Please email a CV or letter detailing your experience to gwollerton@btinternet.com.  We plan to audition short-listed candidates in July / early August 2019.

[Posted 3 June 2019 - Closing date 8 July 2019]


Magic Voices seek a Choir Leaders to start September/October 2019. Magic Voices Choir are looking for an exceptional Musical Director/ Choir Leader in the following areas: Sheffield, Barnsley and Lancaster. Applicants must have strong leadership, good keyboard skills and experience of leading vocal ensembles. Our repertoire is largely musical theatre and light contemporary pop. Our extensive library of musical arrangements are our own, written by West End Musical Director, Andy Rumble. This is a term time only position and a weekly, evening committent. Days of the week are negotiable and will start in September/ October 2019. All enquiries and for more information: info@magicvoices.co.uk Website: https://www.magicvoices.co.uk/

[Posted 3 June 2019]


Warwick and Kenilworth Choral Society are looking for a new Musical Director.  We are a non-auditioned choir, which loves to sing a wide variety of choral music – madrigals, 20th century works and oratorios have all featured in our recent programmes. There are up to 80 SATB voices and we work hard to produce performances that have received good reviews in the local press.
We are seeking a committed and experienced Musical Director who will prepare materials, conduct rehearsals and lead the choir in at least four concerts each season You will have the experience and expertise to be able to develop musical programmes with a wide appeal and will be working with the committee to achieve a varied programme.  You will be someone who can encourage and develop the choir’s musicality and skills. There will be opportunities to work with other professional musicians and you will have good contacts in the music world.
We have a dedicated accompanist who has an excellent reputation locally and will support you in achieving high performance standards. Rehearsals are held every Monday evening during term time in Warwick from 7.30 to 9.30pm. We are a registered charity and are managed by a committee elected by our members. 
Further information and a full job description can be found on our website http://wkcs.org.uk or by contacting our Chair, Ivan Moss (valandivanmoss@gmail.com). To apply please send a musical CV, including two referees, and a short covering letter outlining your suitability for the post to the Secretary, Warwick and Kenilworth Choral Society (d.brock268@btinternet.com). Closing date 17th June 2019.  Interviews will take place prior to auditions with the choir on 1st July.​

[Posted 29 May 2019 - Closing date 17 June 2019 ]


Musical Director/Conductor required for the Kilbarchan Singers. We are an enthusiastic group of around 20 singers based in Renfrewshire. Formed in 1982 as a madrigal group, the choir has now grown in size and repertoire. The choir rehearse and perform locally and on occasions throughout Scotland, singing a range of music spanning six centuries.  In the past the choir has also sung in Freiburg Munster, Notre Dame Cathedral and Brussels Cathedral.

All rehearsals are taken by the Musical Director together with the choir’s accompanist.  The MD is paid an Honorarium plus a set payment for travel expenses.  Typically the choir performs two or three concerts each year. Recent programmes and further information about the choir are available at:  www.kilbarchansingers.org.uk . For further information about the choir and the role of our Musical Director please contact our Secretary, Myra Grant at myragrant4@gmail.com or via our website. A Job Description and Person Specification are also available from our website.

If you are interested in applying, please submit a musical CV, together with a letter summarising why you are particularly suited to this position, no later than Noon Friday 28 June to myragrant4@gmail.com

[Posted 23 May 2019 - Closing date 28 June 2019]


Musical Director required, Nottingham. Lyrical soNGbirds is a lively, dedicated group of about 18 women who take our music seriously and wish to recruit a new MD to start in September 2019 to work with us to develop our choir to its maximum potential. An accomplished musician, you will have experience of conducting choirs, and be willing to encompass a variety of musical styles. You will demonstrate commitment, reliability and organisational skills. Our ideal candidate would be able to accompany the choir on the keyboard at rehearsals, and incorporate modern voice training techniques into rehearsals. 

An hourly teaching rate is paid for rehearsals, subject to negotiation. We meet in term-time on Tuesday mornings 10-12 at Bramcote, Nottingham and our recent pattern for performances has included two or three concerts a year with occasional smaller, less formal events on request. For further details and to apply, please contact Carys Thomas. 01509 853975, email carys.thomas@gmail.com

[Posted 23 May 2019 - Closing date 16 July 2019]


Singspiration Choir – Halifax, West Yorkshire. We require a Musical Director. We are a small community choir of about 25 people. We are used to singing in three part harmony. We started approximately 7 years ago, 3years with our latest Director. Singspiration believe in singing for our wellbeing. It is important to us that choir is accessible for all. So we don't have music, we learn by repetition. We sing for well being and fun. A sense of humour is a must! We are a very friendly choir and aim to welcome everyone. Ideally we require someone who can read music and arrange songs in three part harmony (or buy in arrangements) and then teach them to us in a fun and relaxed way. We currently sing accompanied but have sung acapella. We look forward to receiving applications as soon as possible so we can appointment in time for our new term in September. My contact details are Linda Haggas, lindalou5995@hotmail.com 07739397892.

[Posted 23 May 2019]


Phoenix Chorale is looking for a suitably qualified and experienced Director of Music to continue to develop the choir’s musical and vocal technical abilities. Phoenix Chorale is a non-auditioning choir formed in 2011 which now has a membership of 45-50 experienced SATB singers who enjoy singing sacred and secular choral music from baroque to modern day and perform on average 2 concerts a year. Recent programmes have included Arnesen’s Magnificat, Rutter’s Magnificat and The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins, as well as Handel’s Messiah, folk songs and spirituals. Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings in term-time at St Peter's Church, Wyndham Square, Plymouth, PL1 5EG. More information about the choir can be found at plymouthphoenixchorale.org

Additional points:

•          Preferably you will be a singer and have experience of working with choral groups
•          You will have a good knowledge of the choral repertoire
•          You will have experience of working with professional soloists and instrumentalists

For further details about the position please contact Duncan Jackaman (Chair) at uncyduncy@hotmail.co.uk.

Phoenix Chorale invites applications for the post of Director of Music, which is tenable on an annually renewable contractual basis from September 2019. A stipend will be set at a competitive rate per rehearsal and for concerts. Please email expressions of interest and a CV to Rosemary Best at rbest250@gmail.com by 17 June 2019 (expressions of interest received after 17 June will be considered at the discretion of the committee). Shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend for interview and audition between 5:00pm and 9.30pm on either Monday 24 June, 1 or 8 July 2019.

[Posted 23 May 2019 - Closing date 17 June 2019]


Thanet Chamber Choir is seeking a new Musical Director to succeed Clifford Lister who is leaving after nearly 20 years of inspirational leadership. We are an auditioned chamber choir of 24-28 able singers based in Thanet in Kent and are seeking someone to develop still further our standards of music-making whilst enhancing and expanding the choir’s reputation .  The ideal candidate will be comfortable working with other professional musicians when required, have suitable conducting experience, good contacts in the music world, strong communication skills, an ability to motivate and inspire and a good sense of humour!  The choir rehearses on Monday evenings  and usually gives 4 major concerts a year, sometimes employing professional instrumentalists when appropriate, but with the emphasis generally on a capella performance. This remunerated post is available from Jan 1st 2020. For shortlisted candidates, interviews and auditions will take place in September. Further information about the post may be obtained from Iona McIntosh at thanetchamberchoir@gmail.com to whom application should be made by submitting a C.V. with the names and addresses of two referees and a short covering letter (e-mail) outlining your suitability for the post.

[Posted 23 May 2019 - Closing date 30 June 2019]


The Nantwich Singers are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic musician to lead us forward, following the retirement of our current Musical Director in June 2019. We are a well-established, highly regarded chamber choir of 19 experienced singers, with an enthusiastic following.  Our repertoire ranges from renaissance to contemporary music, mostly a capella.  We prepare 3-4 concerts per year, and enjoy a close relationship with St. Mary’s parish church, singing at special services two or three times per year.  Based in Nantwich, South Cheshire, we rehearse on Tuesday evenings in the parish church.  An elected committee oversees the running of the organisation.

A detailed job description and personal description are available on our website at https://thenantwichsingers.org/musical-director-vacancy. Applicants should send an up-to-date CV and a short covering letter stating why they should be appointed as Musical Director to chair@thenantwichsingers.org If you wish to have an informal discussion about the post, please ring David Guest on 01270 624197. Interview/audition during July and August. Start date by mutual agreement.

[Posted 23 May 2019 - Closing date 30 June 2019]


Sale Male Voice Choir would like to invite the interest of a local musician to take the role of Musical Director from September 2019. As the only traditional Male Voice Choir based in the Borough of Trafford,  the Choir has a stable membership of around 22, singing a typical MVC repertoire (musicals, folk songs, hymns, opera and film music- mostly in four part harmony TTBB and occasionally a Capella).  Members have a range of previous musical experience, and give a good commitment to both rehearsals and concerts.  The ethos of the Choir is to enjoy singing and fellowship, to entertain audiences and do good in the community. Rehearsals are held on Thursdays (7.30 pm- 9.30 pm) at the Congregational Church, Heyes Lane, Timperley WA 15 6 EA.

Apart from 3 or 4 normal concert performances per year, the Choir aims to take music to as wide an audience as possible. Venues have ranged from the sublime Manchester Cathedral to other churches, residential and care homes, hospitals, supermarkets and even some outdoor appearances.  Recognising the health benefits derived from singing, the Choir encourages audience participation, especially in the sessions it provides for dementia patients and their careers.  The Choir also offers to sing without fee for charity-organised events.

People have tended to join the Choir as their family commitments relax, retirement beckons, or on moving to a new area.  The same might also be applicable for the  Musical Director role.  Particular expertise or experience is less important than an ability to encourage and develop the Choir to our mutual satisfaction and enjoyment.  While the the position is not remunerated, reasonable expenses would be paid, as occurs with our regular accompanist.

If you would like to consider offering your services in the first instance please contact  Bob Davies, the Choir Chairman by telephone 0161 962 4239 or by e-mail when you could attach a musical c. v. rad76dazzle@hotmail.co.uk

[Posted 17 May 2019 ]


A new Musical Director is sought for N-Choir, a vibrant, exciting and friendly women's community choir based in Bramhall, Stockport. Currently with 80 members, the choir meets on Monday nights during term time. Due to the retirement of their current MD the choir seeks an inspiring and supportive conductor to work with this fabulous group of women starting in September 2019. Ages range from 18 - 78, repertoire is pop/gospel/African/world. We perform two big concerts a year with the whole choir (Christmas and summer) but smaller groups from within the choir sing for local charity events on invitation. Website: www.n-choir.com    Facebook: N-Choir . Please contact nchoir.info@gmail.com for further information or to express an interest in post.

[Posted 17 May 2019]


Director of Music required. Strode Musical Theatre Society are a long standing four-part harmony choir based in Street, Somerset, we sing songs from the shows offering our choir members a fun, enjoyable vocal work-out and our audiences a pleasurable social occasion. We meet on Wednesdays at 7.30 for a two hour practice during September to May and expect to perform at least four concerts in May.

  • Excellent professional accompanist
  • Established practice site
  • Large varied repertoire (from Gilbert and Sullivan to Mary Poppins)
  • Looking to become charity status
  • Occasional social events for choir members during the year

We are looking for a Music Director to be the head of our choir.  Either a professional or enthusiastic amateur would be welcome to apply.

The pay range is negotiable.

The principle duties of the Director of Music shall be:

  • to work with the Society in the preparation and presentation of high quality concerts each year
  • compile appropriate programmes (with the help and approval of the committee)
  • to suggest suitable soloists
  • to write programme notes
  • to liaise with accompanists, soloists as necessary
  • to rehearse the Society
  • to conduct performances
  • plan and produce special musical concerts and/or workshops
  • teach music to choir members and accompanist
  • conduct/lead the choir
  • over time, to raise the standard and reputation of the Society
  • to ensure that rehearsals and concerts are enjoyable and rewarding for participants
  • to advise the Committee on all artistic matters

 

Please send initial expressions of interests by email at strodemusical@yahoo.com

[Posted 17 May 2019 - Closing date 30 June 2019]


The Cecilian Singers is a Leicester based chamber choir of some 30 voices with a reputation for musical excellence. We are looking for a dynamic and experienced Musical Director to replace Jeremy Jackman, who is stepping down in 2020 after 30 years at the helm. The Cecilian Singers perform mostly a capella, although with orchestra or small ensembles on occasion, with 4 or 5 concerts a year performed in and around the East Midlands. Repertoire ranges largely from the 16th to the 21st century.  All members are very experienced in choral singing and many are soloists in their own right. Rehearsals currently take place with Jeremy Jackman in Leicester usually on Saturdays from 10 till 4pm on a roughly monthly basis, with some additional shorter rehearsals taken by our Assistant MD Guy Turner.

The choir is a registered charity and managed by a committee of elected trustees in close collaboration with the Musical Director. Full details of the choir and its activities can be found on our website – www.ceciliansingers.co.uk. An application form and job pack can be downloaded from https://www.ceciliansingers.co.uk/md-application1/  Shortlisted candidates will be expected to conduct one of the choir’s Saturday workshops as part of the assessment process and will also attend a personal interview. The successful candidate will be expected to start in post in January 2021.

[Posted 4 May 2019 - Closing date 28 June 2019]

 

 

Coastline Harmony is looking for a new MD as we sadly bid farewell this summer to our encouraging, funny and patient Miguel. We’re an award-winning, friendly, female voice groupof around 30 members who share a love of a cappella singing. We rehearse every Thursday evening in Southwick from 7.15 pm to 9.30 pm.

The successful applicant will be able to generate enthusiasm, fun and a positive attitude towards learning, as our members are mostly non-music reading and we learn our songs by ear. In return, we offer commitment, a joy of singing and friendship. We pay expenses and a modest fee.

Want to know more? Visit our website http://coastlineharmony.co.uk/ or emailcoastlineharmony@outlook.com for full details.

[Posted 26 April 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]


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 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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]

 

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

 

Arun Choral Society seeks a new rehearsal accompanist from November 2019. The society is seeking a experienced rehearsal accompanist to take over from our incumbent, Sue Graham-Smith who will be leaving us in the Autumn Term. We rehearse in the hall of a Primary School in Arundel on Monday evenings from 7.30 – 9.30pm mainly during term time. We perform two orchestral concerts each year in the Cathedral, as well as carol services with local primary schools and a summer concert of lighter music.

The role offers the opportunity to help to prepare the choir for a stimulating repertoire of concerts, and the possibility of playing organ, piano or harpsichord in performances. The post will involve working with our Musical Director Joe Paxton. This is a permanent post (subject to a three month probationary period) Remunerations and fees are commensurate with experience and expertise and guided by professional recommendations.
For more information visit www.arunchoralsociety.co.uk or contact Hedda Wells librarian@arunchoralsociety.co.uk

[Posted 19 June 2019]


South Somerset Choral Society - Rehearsal accompanist vacancy. Following the appointment of Martin Schellenberg to be MD of Cantamus Dorset, the South Somerset Choral Society (SSCS) has a vacancy for a rehearsal accompanist from September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.
SSCS is an established and successful choir with some 80 unauditioned, dedicated  and very friendly members from Chard, Crewkerne, Ilminster and the surrounding areas. We put on concerts of predominantly classical music from all eras, usually with professional soloists and orchestra, under our Musical Director Tim Donaldson.

The rehearsal period for our two main concerts (Autumn and Spring) and Christmas events runs from September to March/April, with a less formal event in the summer. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings 7:30pm to 9:30pm (sometimes a little over) in Barrington Village Hall, near Ilminster, Somerset, or occasionally elsewhere if that venue is not available.

More details about the choir and our repertoire (including the music for the forthcoming Autumn term) are available here:  http://www.southsomersetchoralsociety.org.uk/index.html This role is likely to suit someone qualified to a high standard or with suitable equivalent experience. A fee is payable on a “per rehearsal” basis. If you would like further details, have any queries, or are just interested in applying please contact Tim by email in the first instance: conductor@southsomersetchoralsociety.org.uk

[Posted 12 June 2019 - Closing date 12 July 2019]


Hailsham Choral are looking for a skilled and sensitive keyboard player with good sight- reading and score-reading skills to start in September 2019. Ability to play the organ would be an advantage. The successful candidate should be able to work well as part of a team, collaborating with the Musical Director and Committee and providing support to the choir. Hailsham Choral, with about 60 members, was established in 1961. We rehearse on Thursday evenings, from 19.30 to 21.30, at the Hailsham Civic Community Centre and perform four main concerts a year, at least one with
orchestra and professional soloists. We also take part in other events, like the Hailsham Festival, and have good links with Hailsham’s twin town, Gournay en Bray, where we have sung in the past. We have a wide repertoire from Baroque and Renaissance music to oratorio, from opera choruses to folksongs. Our choir is auditioned and has a good reputation in the area. For more information see our website: www.hailshamchoral.org or contact:hcsinfo@hailshamchoral.org

If you are interested, please apply by email to hcsinfo@hailshamchoral.org with your CV and a covering letter.

[Posted 23 May 2019 - Closing date 15 June 2019]


St Mary’s Church, Attleborough (Norfolk) seek an enthusiastic and talented Assistant Organist.
 
• RSCM-affiliated choir of 20-25 adults and nine children trained to a high standard (recent engagements include Norwich Cathedral and St Edmundsbury Cathedral)
• Traditional Churchmanship and monthly Choral Evensong
• 3 manual Norman & Beard organ
• Working collaboratively with the Director of Music
• Start date: 1st September 2019

Full job description: www.attleboroughchurch.org.uk/assistant-organist

[Posted 23 May 2019 - Closing date 16 June 2019]


Nidd Chorale are looking for a competent accompanist with good listening skills who will enjoy exploring new music, has a sense of musical style, sensitivity and the patience of a saint! And being part of our very welcoming choir family. A sense of humour is essential, and the ability to read minds an advantage. This is a permanent post (subject to a three month probationary period) and remuneration is negotiable and in line with current practice. The appointment will start as soon as possible, at our mutual convenience. There will sometimes be engagements outside the normal rehearsal schedule. You will be expected to accompany us in performance, and take a part of, or the whole rehearsal on occasions.

As well as performing a mainstream repertoire we also sing less familiar works ranging from the Renaissance to the present day and have commissioned three works in recent years. Next year is the choir’s 20th Anniversary. We rehearse on Monday evenings, during term time, 7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. at the Methodist Church, Summerbridge in Nidderdale (about 8 miles north of Harrogate) Parking is available and free. Our first rehearsal in the autumn term is on 2nd September 2019.

For more information and an informal conversation, please contact either Maggie Wilkinson (Chair) at maggiewilkinson778@gmail.com  or telephone 01423 781018 or Margaret Mitchell (Musical Director) on me.mitch@btinternet.com or telephone 01423 711041. Interviews and auditions will be held at Summerbridge Methodist Church on Monday 24th June. To apply, please submit your c.v. (as far as it’s relevant to this post) with the names and contact details of two referees, to the Chair and MD by email.

[Posted 23 May 2019 - Closing date 14 June 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]]


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]


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]


 
 
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
 

Choir of the Queen's College Oxford has a vacancy for a Tenor Lay Clerk to start October 2019

.‘One of the world’s most renowned choirs’ (Classic FM)

•           Stipend of £3300, plus funding for singing lessons
•           Three services per week during term-time
•           Concert engagements across the UK
•           Annual international tours (e.g. China, U.S.A., Spain)
•           Broadcasts for BBC Radio and CD recordings
•           Free dinner in the college hall after each service

To apply, please send a CV setting out relevant experience to Owen Rees (Director of Music), owen.rees@queens.ox.ac.uk Auditions are expected to be held in the week of 8 July. Visit www.queenschoir.com

[Posted 3 June 2019 - Closing date 28 June 2019]


The Harmonium Singers are seeking singers. We are Andover’s Chamber Choir with a membership around the mid 20s and committed to performing to a high standard.  We are currently seeking an alto, a tenor and a bass.  Please take a look at our website www.harmoniumsingers.org.uk where you can also hear us!  If you think you might be interested please contact our Co-ordinator Penny Wood on 01264 351942 or email enquiries@harmoniumsingers.org.uk

[Posted 3 June 2019]


Phoenix Choir of Crawley are looking for Sopranos, Tenors and Basses. We are a friendly and supportive mixed voice choir that hold 3 concerts a year and perform within the community. Rehearsals are held most Thursday evenings in the school calendar at St Mary's Church RH10 6DL from 7.45pm-9.45pm. Our singers come from North Surrey and around Sussex. See phoenixchoircrawley.org for more information and contact.

[Posted 17 May 2019]


Colla Voce Chamber Choir (www.collavocechoir.co.uk) is looking for skilled bass singers in particular, but also is interested in hearing from tenors as well.  Based in Cradley Heath in the Black Country, Colla Voce are a group of 25 experienced singers, singing a variety of choral classical music.  An ability to sight read music is desired and some experience in singing in a chamber choir would be an advantage.  Contact collavoceinfo@gmail.com for more information, and visit our website to hear sound clips and to see our recent repertoire.

[Posted 17 May 2019]


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]