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
 

Parnham Voices seek a new Musical Director from September 2021. Parnham Voices is an a cappella chamber choir founded in 2001. The 20 strong choir is based in Beaminster, Dorset and draws its membership from the surrounding area. We aspire to high standards of performance and will tackle challenging music. We have good reviews and a loyal following. Our repertoire is varied; both sacred and secular, covering six centuries. We sing in various formations from four parts to eight parts. 

We rehearse weekly in Beaminster on Monday evenings from 7.30pm- 9.30pm from January to April/May and from September to the beginning of December performing seven to eight concerts each year in the West Country.  As Musical Director you would be expected to rehearse the choir weekly, conduct the concerts, work closely with the committee, and attend their meetings as an ex- officio member. You should also have a good understanding of vocal production, an ability to coach and a clear vision for the future of the choir. 

Covid has restricted our rehearsal opportunities but, when the rule of six pertained, we managed to form three sextets and sing in three different locations out of doors on a weekly basis. We are looking forward to restarting when the temperature rises a little.  This post will become available from September 2021 and the closing date for applications is Monday 5th July 2021., 

Auditions will be held when we have reformed as a choir and Covid regulations allow.  You are invited to submit your CV, with a covering letter stating your interests in the field of a cappella music and your experience of conducting this type of music.  Applications or any queries should be emailed to Sheila Furse, Choir Secretary, at saffas73@btinternet.com  

[Posted 12 May 2021 - Closing date 5 July 2021]


Stratford-upon-Avon Choral Society invites applications for the post of Music Director, following the retirement of Stephen Dodsworth, our Music Director for 31 years. Stephen has achieved a high standard of singing and inspired a high level of commitment from singers. We are a well -established SATB choir, founded in 1836, with around 80 singers. The Society has not been able to meet in person since March 2020 but has continued some online activities. We hope and plan to meet as normal from September 2021. The pandemic makes this a natural break point, and we are seeking a new Music Director who will help re-energise the choir on our return.

Please apply by email or letter to the Chairman, Mike Barrie, by 31st May 2021. Please include your CV and two references. We plan to interview candidates in June and to audition three shortlisted candidates in July. For the auditions, candidates will be asked to conduct a short rehearsal with the choir and with our regular accompanist. We hope the successful candidate will start at our first rehearsal of the 2021/22 season on 6th September 2021. The Music Director will be paid an annual fee to include the duties described in the job description. A full job description can be downloaded from the choir’s website or can be emailed on request - visit https://www.stratfordchoral.org.uk/music-director

[Posted 12 May 2021 - Closing date 31 May 2021]


Henley Choral Society is looking for a dynamic and talented Musical Director for their Youth Choirs. Applicants will need to demonstrate skills, commitment, vision and personality to lead and develop the 2 choirs - Juniors 7-11 and Seniors 11-18 years old. Rehearsals take place on Thursday early evenings during term time, although a change in evening would be considered for the most suitable candidate. The Youth Choirs sing a wide range of music from Mozart to Bruno Mars. Good rates of pay & reasonable travel expenses. Applications closing date is 28th May 2021 with interviews & auditions on 17th June 2021. Start date will be  9th September 2021.

For further details about the post and how to apply, please go to https://www.henleychoralsociety.org.uk/  & send applications to: Carol Kelly (Deputy Chair of HCS) carol.kelly1@btinternet.com with a copy to Fi Harding (HYC Manager/Administrator) Fi.harding@sky.com

[Posted 12 May 2021 - Closing date 28 May 2021]


Musical Director or Accompanist required. Barnstaple Male Voice Choir is a much-respected longstanding auditioned Choir and Registered Charity which celebrated its Centenary in 2019. We currently rehearse on a Monday evening from 19:30 – 21:30 and undertake concerts mostly in North Devon and the West Country, but we do undertake visits to other choirs and festivals either in the UK or overseas. (In recent years we have made hugely successful visits to France, Italy and Ireland.)
Unfortunately, our Musical Director has had to resign due to ill health, so we are looking to appoint a new Musical Director or Accompanist to join our Musical Team for the Choir’s planned restart in September.

We are looking for enthusiastic applicants with excellent musical skills and experience of directing/accompanying choirs to drive the choir towards achieving its ambition of becoming one of the most accomplished male choirs in the United Kingdom. We can offer the chance to lead an extremely loyal group of 50 active members, very eager to learn and totally committed to taking this renowned Choir forward after the pandemic.

Terms of engagement - The posts will receive an honorarium (paid quarterly) which is reviewed periodically.
Appointment process –
In the first instance you can ring our Choir Secretary on 07920 481232 for any further information you need. Applications, including a CV, a letter outlining your suitability for the role, and contact details of two referees, should be sent to the Secretary, Paul Enticott (enticott44@gmail.com) by 25th June 2021. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview in Barnstaple with members of the Committee. Further details of the choir can be found on our website www.barnstaplemalevoicechoir.co.uk and the Choir’s Facebook page.

[Posted 12 May 2021 - Closing date 25 June 2021]


Saffron Walden Choral Society is seeking a new Musical Director from April 2022, when our current MD will be standing down after directing the choir for 30 years.  We perform at the prestigious Saffron Hall, presenting three major concerts each year, and Christmas concerts with local school children at the parish Church of St Mary's.

The choir will be celebrating its 140th anniversary in 2023 and has almost 100 members (SATB).  Our repertoire includes most of the major choral works of the 18-20th centuries, along with contemporary works and commissions, including a number from our current MD, composer Janet Wheeler.  We have worked with many professional musicians and notably in 2019, performed Belshazzar's Feast with Marin Alsop and the LPO.

The new MD will be required to take weekly rehearsals on Monday evenings, conduct the choir and orchestra at concerts and work with the committee, who run the society. Experience of developing choirs and choral technique will be needed, capability to plan repertoire and concert planning.

Full information about this vacancy and the choir can be found on our website at www.swchoral.org.uk.  To apply please email vacancy@swchoral.org.uk with your CV and two references and a covering letter explaining why you feel your background and experience would be relevant to us and us to you.

[Posted 5 May 2021 - Closing date 14 June 2021]


Highworth Choral Society is looking to appoint an enthusiastic and encouraging Musical Director who can bring out the best in us to start face to face rehearsals in Sept 2021.
We are a friendly SATB Choral Society based in Highworth, who are keen to get singing again. We meet on a Monday evening and hold approximately 3 concerts a year. Formed in 1978, we have about 50 non auditioned members. We perform a wide range of music. Remuneration negotiable. For further info on us take a look at our website www.highworthchoral.org.uk Closing Date:15th June For further information please contact hcssecretary2019@gmail.com including a current CV.

[Posted 5 May 2021 - Closing date 15 June 2021]


Meridian Music Singers is an SATB group of approximately 30 voices and we are seeking to appoint a Musical Director from September 2021. The position arises as our previous Director was not able to continue due to family commitments. In the interim we have had the services of a Director on a temporary basis doing what we can via ZOOM. However, after the COVID interruption, the Director will need to ‘get back to basics’ and develop our rather rusty choir members. We meet during term times (three terms) for ten weeks each term, preparing for 2 concerts, one at the end of the Autumn term and one at the end of the Summer term. Our friendly, mixed ability choir was founded about 10 years ago and we have a varied repertoire of music - show tunes, modern and traditional and some classical music. We rehearse in term time on Wednesday evenings from 7.30 – 9 p.m. at St Mary’s Church in Bluntisham, Cambridgeshire PE28 3LN. We now need a leader who will provide new challenges and combine their own ideas with ours for future programmes. An enthusiastic musician who can provide accompaniment for rehearsals, and is encouraging, innovative, and patient with a great sense of fun. This is a paid position based on a fee per rehearsal and per concert which will be discussed at interview. We welcome enquiries during Spring/Summer 2021, and selected applicants will be interviewed by a small panel, possibly on ZOOM but preferably in person, if feasible. Our aim is to introduce the successful applicant to our choir members in readiness for restarting choir practices on Wednesday 15th September 2021. For an informal discussion please contact our Chair Ann Lorman on 01480 495272 or email your CV to her at: chair@meridiansingers.com

[Posted 5 May 2021 - Closing date 30 June 2021]


Musical Director of South London Acapella Choir. Formed in 2009, in South-East London, The Pop-Up Choir specialises in unforgettable acapella arrangements of high-energy crowd pleasers, from pop and indie classics to spine-tingling soul from Prince and En Vogue to Fleetwood Mac...and more. 
We are looking for an established, ambitious, and proactive Musical Director with a strong fun-loving personality who is keen to work with a vibrant group of acapella singers to refine our sound. 

The Pop-Up choir is an auditioned SAATB acapella choir currently averaging 20 voices, with a view to expanding back up to 30 singers as social distancing eases. We are a co-operative choir with a committee to support the role of the Musical Director, whom we hope will be available to join us from September 2021.

Find out more about us here: @thepopupchoir | www.thepopupchoir.com | thepopupchoir@gmail.com

  • Weekly rehearsals on Tuesday evenings 19:00-21:00 . 
  • Three terms a year (following the school year: approx 30 weeks a year). 
  • The rehearsal venue is based in Vauxhall, SE London. 
  • Our usual MD fees are £100 per two-hour weekly rehearsal (fee includes prep time). 
  • Weekend workshop fees are £50/hr (fee includes prep time). 
  • Agreed rates for any paid performances undertaken. 
  • Full Job Spec: http://bit.ly/Pop-Up_MDspec_2021 

TO APPLY 
If you would like to lead our acapella rabble, please email us before the 16th May 2021 with the following: 

  1. Covering Letter and relevant work history. 
  2. Samples of any relevant personally written arrangements *if applicable. 
  3. Any links to related online content. 
  4. Please suggest three songs you think would suit the Pop-Up repertoire and why. 
  5. ...Please feel free to share anything else with us. 

We plan to invite MD’s to guest-lead part of our rehearsals during our summer term. 

[Posted 5 May 2021 - Closing date 30 May 2021]


Congresbury Singers in North Somerset are looking to appoint a new Musical Director from September 2021 (Covid allowing), due to the retirement of our MD after a period of twelve years. Congresbury Singers is a well-respected, long standing, non-audition amateur choir of about 38 singers. We are based in Congresbury, North Somerset and are made up of approximately ten First Sopranos, ten Second Sopranos, six Altos, six Tenors and six Bases with a number of soloists within the choir. We put on four concerts a year around April, June, November and a Christmas concert in December with a wide selection of programs varying from sacred to modern and show music chosen by the Musical Director in conjunction with the Committee. We have also performed Stainer’s “The Crucifixion“ each year during Holy Week in various churches in our area. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings between 8 and 9.30pm in The Old School Rooms in Congresbury with a regular professional accompanist. We have a break from rehearsals in July and August. The Choir is a Registered Charity and is managed by a committee of six personnel. Video clips of the choir’s performances are available on Facebook. For further information, please contact David Triffitt (Chair) at: dtriffitt40@gmail.com. Application is by CV and covering letter to David by 21 May. Interviews will be held in early June.

[Posted 5 May 2021 - Closing date 21 May 2021]


Meridian Music Singers is an SATB group of approximately 30 voices and we are seeking to appoint a Musical Director from September 2021. The position arises as our previous Director was not able to continue due to family commitments. In the interim we have had the services of a Director on a temporary basis doing what we can via ZOOM. However, after the COVID interruption, the Director will need to ‘get back to basics’ and develop our rather rusty choir members. We meet during term times (three terms) for ten weeks each term, preparing for 2 concerts, one at the end of the Autumn term and one at the end of the Summer term. Our friendly, mixed ability choir was founded about 10 years ago and we have a varied repertoire of music - show tunes, modern and traditional and some classical music. We rehearse in term time on Wednesday evenings from 7.30 – 9 p.m. at St Mary’s Church in Bluntisham, Cambridgeshire PE28 3LN. We now need a leader who will provide new challenges and combine their own ideas with ours for future programmes. An enthusiastic musician who can provide accompaniment for rehearsals, and is encouraging, innovative, and patient with a great sense of fun. This is a paid position based on a fee per rehearsal and per concert which will be discussed at interview. We welcome enquiries during Spring/Summer 2021, and selected applicants will be interviewed by a small panel, possibly on ZOOM but preferably in person, if feasible.

Our aim is to introduce the successful applicant to our choir members in readiness for restarting choir practices on Wednesday 15th September 2021. For an informal discussion please contact our Chair Ann Lorman on 01480 495272 or email your CV to her at: chair@meridiansingers.com

[Posted 29 April 2021 - Closing date 30 June 2021]


The Ratcliffe Chorale, Leicestershire is looking for a talented and motivational Musical Director, as our current leader will shortly be stepping away from her musical career to pursue other options. The choir is sad to see her go and wish her all the best. Throughout lockdown, she has led us on Zoom for Monday night rehearsals and we are working towards an informal outdoor performance in late June. We are looking for a new MD to lead and inspire us from September 2021. The candidate should demonstrate the leadership and other skills required to maintain and develop the choir, including a willingness to work via Zoom if necessary. Our aims are to improve our performance, support the group’s sense of community and maintain the enjoyment of music -making, which have been important to many members during the pandemic. We are a non-auditioning and friendly mixed choir of around 50 singers of varied ages and mixed abilities. Pre-Covid, we met on Monday evenings from 7.15 to 9pm during term time at Ratcliffe College near Leicester and we intend to be back singing face to face as soon as possible.

The successful applicant will work closely with the committee during the planning stages and will conduct and introduce the choir at concerts. Our musical repertoire has always been very varied and, to satisfy and interest the members of our group, we have enjoyed learning many different genres, from classical to jazz, sacred to secular. Such a varied programme has proved to be the most suitable for our non-specialist fundraising concerts. The appointment will be from September 2021 and comes with a remuneration dependent on experience. Please email a CV or letter detailing your experience to our Chair, Sue Roberts at: susanmroberts@gmail.com The closing date for applications is 30th June 2021. Selected applicants will be interviewed by a small panel and we hope to invite short-listed candidates to direct a rehearsal of the choir as soon as is possible, depending on the situation regarding Coronavirus at that time.

[Posted 20 April 2021 - Closing date30 June 2021]


Tonbridge Philharmonic Society (TPS), one of the UK’s foremost amateur choirs and orchestras is seeking a new Music Director. Tonbridge Philharmonic Society (TPS) has a thriving choir and orchestra at its heart, making this an appealing proposition to a candidate looking to make great music, lead vibrant performances, and chart an ambitious repertoire for both choir and orchestra. As the current Music Director Benjamin Westerman, is re-locating to Berlin, we are seeking a new Music Director to take over in Autumn 2021, as we expect to resume in person rehearsals in some form by then. We are also planning to revive our 75th birthday celebrations which were put on hold by the pandemic. Initially we hope to connect with interested candidates online for a general conversation, providing an opportunity to exchange information. Following this, we will invite candidates to attend a more formal meeting and audition. If you would like to express an interest in the role, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact the Society Secretary on www.secretary@tonphil.org.uk or write to 16 Manor Close, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 8YB. Further details can be found here

[Posted 19 April 2021 - Closing date 31 May 2021]


The Dublin Welsh Male Voice Choir (DWMVC) is looking for a new Musical Director to succeed their current conductor Brian Murphy. Dublin Welsh Male Voice Choir is a male voice choir singing in four-part harmony. This group of dedicated singers is based in Dublin and sing in the great tradition of Welsh male voice choirs. The choir has an extensive musical repertoire, ranging from Welsh hymns, operatic choruses, spirituals, popular music and classical music. We are seeking an enthusiastic, suitably qualified individual to lead the choir in rehearsals and performances from September 2021 onwards. The successful candidate will also be expected to respect and develop the uniquely Welsh ethos of the choir. Information on the choir can be obtained on our website https://dublinwelsh.com/ If you are interested in applying for this position, please apply by email to info@dublinwelsh.com, including a copy of your current CV.

[Posted 14 April 2021 - Closing date 30 April 2021]


Military Wives Choirs – Musical Directors

The Military Wives Choirs is currently recruiting for eight Musical Directors in eight choir locations across the United Kingdom:

  • Leuchars, Fife, Scotland
  • Cranwell, Lincolnshire
  • Kineton, Warwickshire
  • Bicester, Oxfordshire
  • Defence Academy, Shrivenham
  • Corsham & Colerne, Wiltshire
  • Odiham, Hampshire
  • Kingston upon Thames, South London

About the Military Wives Choirs
With 72 choirs and nearly 2,000 members in British military bases across the UK and overseas, the Military Wives Choirs is a charity that brings all women in the military community, not only wives, closer together and empowers them through singing.

Families of service personnel move around frequently and it can often be tough to put down roots or make new friends, particularly when loved ones are away for long periods of time. Research shows that singing in a choir can help to alleviate stress and can contribute to an improvement in mental health. The Military Wives Choirs therefore have a vital role to play by bringing women in the military community together to sing. Each choir’s weekly rehearsals provide an opportunity for members to connect with one another, feel supported and welcomed, and provide a safe and encouraging space for the singers to learn new music, develop musical and non-musical skills, and become familiar with the nature of rehearsals and performances, while benefiting from the well-documented mental and physical health benefits of group-music-making. Above all, a Military Wives Choirs Musical Director’s role is to make music fun and accessible to everyone, to promote a culture of support and respect, and to allow members to develop and shine as an ensemble.

In practical terms, the role involves leading engaging and varied weekly rehearsals, and ensuring that new and existing members feel welcome, conducting confident and well-prepared performances each year locally, and nationally on occasion, and working with the choir’s volunteer committee, including attending planning and repertoire meetings. There is also the opportunity to work with the wider charity team and other Military Wives Choirs MDs, especially the Artistic Planning & Engagement Manager and Artistic Director, conductor Hilary Davan Wetton, to facilitate professional and choir development and to ensure the highest possible standard.

The closing date for applications is midnight, 9th May. Remuneration will be competitive and based on experience. For more information and to apply, please visit https://bit.ly/31VwsKv. For an informal chat about the role, please email Julia Hudson, Artistic Planning & Engagement Manager, on jhudson@militarywiveschoirs.org.

[Posted 16 April 2021 - Closing date 9 May 2021]


The Fourth Choir is seeking an ambitious and engaging Musical Director to further hone, lead and inspire a diverse group of singers based in and around London. Founded in 2013 to give professional and non-professional LGBT+ singers and allies the opportunity to sing a cappella choral music to the highest standard possible, the choir has since performed more than 100 times in over 40 venues: from well-known performance venues including King’s Place, Shakespeare’s Globe and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, to less traditional spaces including Heaven nightclub, the Brunel Tunnel and the inflatable Colourscape pavilion. We are an auditioned choir of around 50 members (typically performing with 32-36 singers) with high expectations of our singers in terms of attendance, commitment and continued musical development, including working with 1-1 singing tutors, sight-reading and musical theory. Fostering a fully inclusive musical environment is at the heart of what we do, and we work to affirm the identities of our members, support their wellbeing, challenge stereotypes and explore innovative themes through our activities and concert programming.

We rehearse weekly on Thursday evenings in Lambeth, from 7.00-9.30. Pay is competitive at fixed rates for rehearsals, concerts, meetings and recordings. Visit our website to learn more about the choir and to express an interest in the role:  https://www.thefourthchoir.com/directorinfo.html

[Posted 14 April 2021 - Closing date 31 May 2021]


Musical Director, Hinckley Choral Union. We are looking to replace our current Musical Director who is retiring after 42 years. HCU is an SATB non auditioning choir of 60 – 70 members, which makes it one of the larger choirs in Leicestershire. It puts on three or four concerts a year, plus an annual Come and Sing event. Its programme is varied ranging from the traditional classical repertoire to Christmas music and a summer concert which has included pop classics, excerpts from musicals, and selections from G&S. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings and are supported by an excellent accompanist. The choir is looking for a Musical Director who is happy to conduct a wide range of music and can bring their own ideas for future programmes. They should have good music qualifications and be able to show successful previous experience of working with choirs or other musical groups. As part of the selection process, candidates will be asked to conduct a short rehearsal with the choir. Salary will be in line with comparable amateur choirs. Applications by letter to the secretary Paul Scola (paul.scola1@ntlworld.com), deadline of 10 May, and informal further enquiries can be made to the chairman Rupert Herd (ca.herd@btinternet.com or 01455 290767).

[Posted 11 April 2021 - Closing date 10 May 2021]


Wooburn Singers is looking to appoint an energetic Musical Director to build on the achievements of our current conductor Tom Hammond-Davies.  Formed in 1967 by the late Richard Hickox, the choir has had 5 excellent conductors over the ensuing 54 years.  We are an auditioned chamber choir based in South Buckinghamshire with a good reputation in the area.  We have approximately 50 members and perform four or five concerts a year, both a capella and with piano, organ or various instrumental ensembles.  Soloists range from well-known professionals to up-and-coming students and also from within the ranks of the choir.  Our professional accompanist, Simon Howat, is a soloist in his own right. We perform a wide range of music from renaissance to the present day.  Tom Hammond-Davies has decided to step down after 8 years as our musical director from this summer in order to continue his increasing work with the Oxford Bach Soloists and we wish him well in his future enterprises.  The choir is therefore seeking to recruit a new Musical Director starting in September 2021, though with involvement in planning the 2021-22 season in advance of taking up the post.  The role and requirements are described below.  Further information about the choir is available from our website.    Any other information or questions can be directed to Ros Maidment, the choir chairman.   We rehearse at The Beaconsfield School, Wattleton Rd, Beaconsfield HP9 1RR on Wednesday evenings during school term times.  Please email a full CV including the names of two referees to chairman@wooburnsingers.org.uk plus a covering letter outlining why you and Wooburn Singers would be good for each other.   Appointment commencing 8th September.

[Posted 7 April 2021 - Closing date 30 April 2021]


Music Director for Bristol Chamber Choir. Due to the retirement of our Musical Director of ten years we are now looking to appoint a new Music Director to continue to lead this historic choir, which can boast Robert Lucas de Pearsall as a founder member of what was then the Bristol Madrigal Society, all the way back in 1837. The society started singing madrigals in a pub in Cotham and has grown and endured to become the Bristol Chamber Choir. As a choir we still remember Pearsall and the madrigals he loved and we have sung much of that music, but now with the addition of a much broader range of repertoire as well. We are still primarily unaccompanied and always aim for a high standard, whilst maintaining the ethos of acceptance, fun and friendship that keeps our members faithful and engaged with the choir for (literally) decades. We are an auditioned choir of some thirty experienced singers, who perform at least six concerts per annum of music ranging from madrigals and early sacred music through to 20th century and contemporary compositions.  As well as a cappella, we often perform with soloists and small chamber ensembles. We are seeking a qualified and experienced Music Director, with the leadership skills to inspire and develop the choir’s musical and vocal abilities, achieving a high level of performance.
We welcome applications from experienced conductors who:

  • Have experience of working with auditioned amateur or professional choral groups, being experienced singers and competent keyboard players, but who do not rely too heavily on the piano or keyboard
  • Have a good knowledge of chamber choral repertoire, particularly a love of Early music, but also the desire to perform contemporary works, mostly unaccompanied
  • Are able to engage and inspire choir members at rehearsals, setting high standards
  • Are able to plan varied and interesting concert programmes
  • Have a positive approach, patience and a sense of humour – this is essential!
  • Ideally, have experience of working with professional soloists and instrumentalists

We rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm in term time near Whiteladies Road, Bristol. Performances are usually in or near Bristol, mostly at weekends, with an occasional weeknight evening concert.  For more information about the choir including a job description and person specification, please see our website at: https://www.bristolchamberchoir.org.uk/

Remuneration will be negotiable and paid per term, set according to experience and qualifications. For further information, please email info@bristolchamberchoir.org.uk - To apply, please email a CV with the names of two referees, as well as a covering letter, to the same email address by 30 April 2021.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on Zoom, or in person if feasible, after which those selected will be asked to attend an audition with the choir when restrictions permit, hopefully in the summer term or in September.

[Posted 26 March 2021 - Closing date 30 April 2021]


St Wilfrid, Harrogate have a vacancy for a young organist/choral conductor from September 2021. The post is designed to be suitable variably for pre-undergraduates, undergraduates or postgraduates for whom music may be an additional career (hence the flexibility with the designation of Organ Scholar or Assistant Organist). There are weekly commitments on a Thursday evening and Sunday morning only, and there is a travel grant available to assist with costs alongside the salary. It should be a really exciting time to join a flourishing music department with a new organ, specially-commissioned psalter and the formation of a new children’s choir all happening this September. More details here http://www.stwilfrid.org/organ-scholarship/

Anthony Gray

Director of Music

St Wilfrid, Harrogate

[Posted 12 March 2021]


Musical Director – West Sussex Philharmonic Choir. An enthusiastic and inspirational Musical Director is required for an established choir in Horsham, West Sussex. The West Sussex Philharmonic Choir was founded over 40 years ago and today numbers around 75 non-auditioned members.  Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 8.00pm-10.00pm from September until the end of April at the Barn, Causeway, Horsham with the support of a professional accompanist.  We currently perform 2 concerts a year at St Mary’s Church, Causeway but would like to explore the possibility of extending our season until July to include a third concert under the new Musical Director.
The choir’s substantial repertoire is both sacred and secular and is taken from all the major classical composers, including modern pieces by Jenkins and Lauridsen.   We are keen to increase our membership and reach new audiences and the new Musical Director will play a key role in achieving these ambitions.
Essential requirements will be:

  • Extensive experience of leading rehearsals, teaching vocal techniques, developing the skills of choir members and promoting high standards of performance
  • A successful history of selecting and conducting professional soloists and orchestral players for concerts
  • Knowledge and experience of planning concert repertoire in conjunction with the committee to provide the variety and challenge which will enthuse choir members and audiences
  • Experience of working with music groups online and a willingness to engage with members and audiences on social media

Remuneration will be competitive and based on experience
Closing date for applications:  Friday 16th April
Please send expressions of interest and CVs to:  duncanbsmeaton@aol.co.uk
Visit the WSPC’s website:  www.westsussexphilharmonicchoir.org.uk

[Posted 11 March 2021]


Gotherington Singers, a well-established choir of female singers, is seeking to appoint an Deputy Musical Director/Accompanist to start in September 2021. We are looking for an experienced, committed, and enthusiastic accompanist to work with our Musical Director to take this friendly choir forward. Please contact the Chairman for further information and job description. 01242 317276 or email sall.newbury@gmail.com You can check us out on our website www.gotheringtonsingers.co.uk

[Posted 3 March 2021 - Closing date: 12 April 2021]


Phoenix Chorale is looking for a suitably qualified and experienced Music Director 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, performing on average 2 concerts a year. Concert programmes prior to the pandemic have included the Magnificat by Arnesen, The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins, excerpts from Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten as well as Handel’s Messiah, folk songs and spirituals. During the last year the choir has pursued an active programme of online rehearsals, as well as socially-distanced rehearsals when Covid-19 restrictions permitted. Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings during 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 amateur choral groups
  • You will have a good knowledge of the choral repertoire
  • You will have experience of working with professional soloists and instrumentalists
  • You will have the ability to engage and inspire choir members at rehearsals
  • A sense of humour is essential
  • You may also have experience of working with music groups online

Phoenix Chorale invites applications for the post of Music Director, which is tenable on an annually renewable contractual basis from May 2021 (or from the date of appointment if later). A stipend will be set at a competitive rate per rehearsal and for concerts. For further details about the position please contact Rosemary Best (Phoenix secretary) at rbest250@gmail.com. Please email expressions of interest and a CV to rbest250@gmail.com by 30 April 2021 (expressions of interest received after 30 April will be considered at the discretion of the committee). Shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend an audition with the choir when restrictions permit - it is hoped this may be possible in May/June 2021. Candidates may also be asked to attend a Zoom interview prior to the audition.

For more information about the choir go to plymouthphoenixchorale.org

[Posted 12 February 2021 - Closing date: 30 April 2021]


Rock Choirs are seeking new Choir Leaders working on a self employment with a guaranteed minimum income basis. We invest heavily in our training programme and if you have the piano and vocal skills required, we will train you to become a great Rock Choir Leader.  Choir Leaders usually run 3-4 evening choirs per week (sessions are 1.5 hours long) but some Leaders also choose to run some morning sessions. These sessions are run from Monday to Thursday, giving our Leaders the time and flexibility to pursue other ventures and interests. We run our ten-week terms alongside the school year which works well for those with family or caring commitments as well.

What we need from you:

  • The time to commit to grow your Rock Choir business and the flexibility to attend interview and full leader training, as well as ongoing training throughout your career with Rock Choir.
  • Proven demonstration of grade 5 piano (you can be self-taught!)
  • Vocal skills
  • Natural leader
  • Engaging teacher
  • Own / have access to a portable piano and sound equipment
  • Driving license and use of a vehicle
  • No criminal conviction
  • Right to work in the UK

Ability to commit to the following dates at present:

Rock Choir Virtual Open Day : 14th February
This will be a 1-2hr session where you can learn more about Rock Choir and the role and expectations of training to lead choirs with Rock Choir. You will get to meet Leaders as well as get an opportunity to ask questions before we head into the audition and interview stage.
After this event you will be invited to send in a full CV and live performance video.
Rock Choir Virtual Recruitment Event : 28th February
This event will be 2-3hrs long and you will able to progress your application and learn more about the company in detail. It will be a fun and informal session that will give you a true representation and experience of the creative and teaching styles that we use to give the best experience to our membership across the UK.
After this event you will be invited to an online formal interview.
Interviews: Week commencing the 1st March

Should you be successful in your application your training will commence in the Spring with a view to start teaching choirs Summer/Autumn 2021.

Please visit rockchoirjobs.com and fill out the enquiry form to contact us!

[Posted 27 January 2021]


Corsham & Colerne Military Wives Choir are looking for a new Musical Director.  In normal circumstances we rehearse just outside Bath one evening a week.  We are looking for someone special to lead a group of special ladies.  Good solid experience of leading different choirs, able to teach music from different genres to ladies with varied singing abilities.   You must have confidence and expertise in a positive, supportive and empowering manner.  Experience of delivering results of a good standard to strict deadlines.  Desire and ability to support military families.  Experience of conducting a similar choir (in terms of size, standard and repertoire), or, if no experience, considerable and recognised training and qualifications (Degree, Grade 8 Singing, DipABRSM)

Desirable personal attributes: A dynamic and versatile conductor with appropriate directing, choir training and vocal coaching skills, and supportive and empathetic personality with a willingness to learn and understand the unique challenges of military life. Creative and thoughtful with a source of good ideas to move the choir forward. A calm and confident leadership style able to inspire confidence in others and maintain authority and last of all organised and reliable. This is a very exciting and rewarding role for the right person with lots of exciting opportunities.  You will belong to a huge network containing 75 fantastic choirs and be involved in some very exciting projects.  If you think you are the right person please apply with your CV and a cover letter of 2 A4 sides and send to Rachael at corshamandcolerne@militarywiveschoirs.org

[Posted 22 January 2021]


Conductors/Musical Directors - Jobs Wanted

 

 
Dominic Lo is a young and enthusiastic Musical Director based in Finsbury Park, London. After graduation, Dominic found his experience coaching musical theatre ensembles to be invaluable as a choir leader. He has worked with experienced singers and amateurs alike and always pushes his groups for their best performances whilst still ensuring rehearsals are fun and exhilarating for choir members. He has run Singspiration Choir in Halifax, Tintagel Voices in Sheffield, Tuneless Choir in Ramsbottom, founded Bluebell Wood Singers in Rotherham and plays dep piano for the Kaos Signing Choir in London. Website: https://dominiclo.wixsite.com/dominiclomusician/choirs Email: dominiclo@hotmail.co.uk Mobile: 07835243335

Shari-Ann Bolton is an experienced Organist and Director of Music looking for a suitable position willing to relocate please contact me either shariann.bolton@gmail.com or Tel 07595484821

Tobias Patrick Wolf FRSA is an award-winning German conductor, composer, and educator. As Music Director of The King’s Philharmonic Wind Orchestra and a number of choirs in the North East of Scotland, he brings with his explosive energy the challenging repertoire to be performed at the highest level – here in the UK, but also as Guest Conductor on the European mainland and around the world. Tobias conducts at the University of Aberdeen and has taken part in a top 3 UK chart album with Royal wedding composer Professor Paul Mealor. He has appeared on Classic FM and on German radio and television. Only in his late twenties, he has performed around the globe, several times for the Royal family, including HM The Queen and HRH Prince Charles. Tobias is offering his services as Conductor or Music Director for both choirs and instrumental ensembles of any kind. Based in Aberdeen, enquiries welcome from all over Scotland. More information and contact: www.tpwolf.com


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

 

Southampton Choral Society are seeking an Accompanist/Organist . The successful candidate will have appropriate qualifications and experience in accompanying choirs and/or solo singers at the piano, and be comfortable playing in all genres of choral music.  Our accompanist is expected to take part in  our concerts when appropriate, plus our annual workshop, and being an organist would also be desirable. Knowledge of singing technique, the ability to transpose and to share occasional split rehearsals as Repetiteur would also be useful. Southampton Choral Society is a friendly amateur choir of about eighty members, performing 3 or 4 concerts a year in various venues in the Southampton area, and its members also provide smaller groups such as our Celebration Choir for weddings, funerals, and other events, including Civic occasions. Concerts have included the Verdi Requiem, The Dream of Gerontius, (conducted by our Patron, Brian Kay), The Armed Man, and themed compilations, and more information on past concerts can be found on our website: www.southamptonchoralsociety.org.uk.  Our Musical Director Andrew Hayman is also a tenor soloist, lay clerk at Winchester Cathedral, and a music teacher.


We have collaborated with other local choirs and children’s choirs: notably, with a   grant from the BBC, the choir performed a new choral cantata about the abolition of slavery: ’Freedom’ by Ian Schofield. The Society presents awards to promising young local musicians, and has included performances by them at appropriate moments in our concerts.
Rehearsals take place at 7.15 pm on Monday evenings at St James Road Methodist Church, SO15 5HE, which is on a bus route, and it will be expected that the successful candidate lives within reasonable travelling distance. Fees: £80 per rehearsal, concert fee negotiable, depending on work required.  There will be an audition, and the chosen candidate will have a probationary period, to be arranged by mutual agreement. Applications by CV with a covering email should be sent to the General Secretary, Mrs Diana Barnes: secretary@southamptonchoralsociety.org.uk

[Posted 15 May 2021]


The Tan House Singers, a 34-voice SATB non-auditioned, friendly choir based just west of Gloucester, are seeking an experienced accompanist to start in September 2021. We perform two or three concerts a year and host an annual Come and Sing event, and our repertoire ranges from early music to modern. We are looking for good keyboard and sight-reading skills in an imaginative accompanist who knows how to support singers and assist the director in the development of the choir. We rehearse between 7.30 pm and 9.30 pm on Monday evenings during school terms, but if Covid safety measures are still in place in September, rehearsal times might be reduced. For more information please contact Sylvia Funston, Secretary, THS at waterscross@gmail.com.

[Posted 12 May 2021]


Ashford Choral Society is seeking an experienced Accompanist for our new season starting in September 2021. Ashford Choral Society is one of the longest-running societies in existence, with a history of music-making since 1857. Currently there is a membership of around 120 singers who usually perform three or four concerts each season during the period September to May. Every year the choir has the opportunity to perform some of the major works of the choral repertoire with leading soloists and a professional symphony orchestra. The society also holds an annual carol concert to raise money for chosen charities. We rehearse on a Tuesday evening from 7.30-9.15 in Ashford.

We are looking for a skilled pianist with outstanding sight-reading and score reading skills to accompany weekly rehearsals. Ideally we are seeking to appoint a candidate who can play organ/harpsichord for concerts where this is required.  The Accompanist will be engaged on a self-employed basis, responsible for their own tax and national insurance. For further information please contact or Musical Director, Matthew Raisbeck, at matthew@livinglively.org.uk.

[Posted 5 May 2021 - Closing date 31 May 2021]


Harlow Chorus requires a skilled pianist or organist to provide professional standard piano accompaniment at all term time Monday evening rehearsals of Harlow Chorus under the leadership of the Music Director. The role may include accompanying the chorus at some concerts & occasionally deputising for the MD. For further information on the choir please visit our website: www.harlowchorus.org.uk To apply, please send your CV (with 2 references) and a covering letter to Rosemary Davis by e-mail, rosemarydavis131@gmail.com

Shortlisted Interviews & auditions will be held during choir rehearsals in June & July. Ideally the Accompanist will commence work on 6th September. For a full job specification visit the link

[Posted 26 April 2021 - Closing date 4 June 2021]


Cleeve Chorale seeks an experienced accompanist for September 2021.  Cleeve Chorale is a sociable and welcoming, non-auditioned choral society based in Bishop’s Cleeve, north of Cheltenham.  Its membership (currently 40 singers) usually perform 3 major concerts each year alongside a programme of workshops and smaller events.  Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings.

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.  For more information please see the choir’s website: cleevechorale.co.uk or email: Catherine Newbury, chairman, info@cleevechorale.co.uk The closing date for applications is Friday 21st May 2021 and initial auditions will take place in the week commencing 7th June.

[Posted 16 April 2021 - Closing date 21 May 2021]


JGM Singers a brand new choir in Cheshire is looking for a regular accompanist for our rehearsals. Rehearsals take place monthly, on the first Saturday of the month from 10am – 5pm, in Sandbach, which is easily accessible from the M6. Our first concert will be Mozart’s Requiem in October 2021, followed by Will Todd’s Mass in Blue in May 2022 and (covid permitting) a trip to Bruges in summer 2022 so we have a great first season planned we are just looking for the missing piece of the puzzle, a fabulous accompanist to join us! We are looking for someone with experience as a choral accompanist, great keyboard skills and, most importantly, someone who likes rehearsals to be fun. If you think you may be the person for the job please contact us via email thenoise@jayneguestmusic.co.uk for more information and with any questions you may have.

[Posted 16 April 2021 - Closing date 17 May 2021]


Penshurst Choral Society, based in Kent, is seeking to appoint an accompanist from September 2021 working under the direction of our Director of Music and conductor, Joe Tobin. We are a keen, un-auditioned choir, 60 strong. We sing a wide repertoire from early music to modern. We have traditionally performed three concerts a year at Christmas, February and in June, although scheduling of these is likely to change. We normally meet for rehearsals in Langton Green, Tunbridge Wells every Tuesday evening 8 pm to 9.50 pm during September to mid-June with breaks for Christmas and Easter. We have continued online since September 2020 but hope to return to in person rehearsal in September 2021. An applicant for this post must be able to record piano/accompaniment parts. Some experience of working online would be preferred. Experience of taking a rehearsal or part of a rehearsal in an emergency would be an added bonus. We pay an honorarium per rehearsal and a fee for participating in concerts. Candidates will be working with Joe Tobin supported by an active Committee. Further information about the choir can be found at www.penshurstchoralsociety.co.uk or via Facebook. For further information please contact the chairman Mary Symes at info@penshurstchoralsociety.co.uk or 07776 188194

[Posted 14 April 2021 - Closing date 30 May 2021]


Bury Bach Choir are seeking a talented, reliable and friendly accompanist who will contribute to our enjoyable and hardworking rehearsal atmosphere.  

Key responsibilities: 

  • To play piano accompaniment (including for vocal exercises and warm-ups) at choir rehearsals and occasional events.
  • To play for concerts as required.
  • To conduct occasional rehearsals in the absence of the Music Director.

You will have:

  • Outstanding keyboard skills, especially at the piano (for concerts, the ability to play the organ and/or harpsichord would be an advantage)
  • Significant experience of accompanying a choir singing classical choral repertoire
  • Excellent sight-reading and vocal score reading ability (to read and play SATB parts instead of accompaniment when necessary)
  • The ability to follow the conductor
  • The ability to listen to singers and bring out voice parts where necessary
  • Good transposition skills

You'll find full details on our website, www.burybachchoir.co.uk
Application deadline:  noon on Monday 12 April
Please apply by email to chair@burybachchoir.co.uk with CV, covering letter and links to any recent performances / rehearsals.

[Posted 20 March 2021 - Closing date 12 April 2021]


Bath Choral Society, an auditioned choir established in 1887, are looking for a new accompanist. The main function of the role is to play for Wednesday evening rehearsals, assisting the Musical Director in preparing the choir for performances. A suitable candidate may also as the need arises, be invited to play for concerts and to take rehearsals. A high level of pianistic skill is required, and a strong awareness of the musical needs of a choir.

Principal Duties

  • To accompany Wednesday evening rehearsals, 7.20 - 9.30
  • To take occasional sectional rehearsals
  • To assist, if necessary, the Musical Director in audition of new members, and re-audition of existing members

Additional Duties

  • To deputise for the Musical Director in his absence
  • To play for concerts as an organist, pianist or continuo player
  • To play for concerts on tour

Terms of engagement - The Accompanist will be engaged on a self-employed basis, responsible for their own tax and national insurance. The current rate of pay is £75 for each Wednesday evening session, with auditions and extra rehearsals paid pro rata. Concerts, workshops and tours, if applicable, are paid separately. Rates of pay are reviewed periodically.

Person Specification

Essential:

  • Excellent pianistic skills
  • Experience of accompanying choirs

Desirable:

  • Skills as organist and/or harpsichordist
  • Choral conducting experience
  • Knowledge of vocal production

Appointment process - Applications, including a CV, a letter outlining your suitability for the role, and contact details of two referees, should be sent to the Chair, Peter Martin (pjminbath@btinternet.com) by 15th March. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to play for half an evening rehearsal during the autumn term. The post is available immediately, and we would hope that the successful candidate would be able to take up the position no later than April 2020. Our Musical Director, Shean Bowers, would be happy to discuss the role informally. He can be contacted via Peter Martin 01225-859856.

[Posted 23 February 2020 - Closing date 15 March 2020


 
 
Accompanists/Pianists/Organists - Jobs Wanted
 

Paolo Buttaboni - Experienced, professional piano accompanist available: Classical, Choral, Gospel, Jazz and Musical. London-Greater London area.  Contact: Paolo 07826 439043  or pbuttaboni@yahoo.co.uk


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
 
Sopranos and tenors wanted for Woking based Mosaic Chamber Choir. We are a small highly reputable, auditioned, chamber choir singing a full range of choral music, from small choral works (Vivaldi and Mozart), to modern choral pieces such as Whitacre, Parry, Emerson, McDowell. Please contact us on committee-mosaic@googlegroups.com or via our website mosaicchamberchoir.org.uk

[Posted 27 April 2021]]


New choir forming in Yorkshire Announcing an opportunity for male and female singers in the Airedale, Wharfedale, Washburn Valley, Nidderdale areas of Yorkshire, to form a new choir which will give the première performance of Tristan and Iseult, a song-cycle version of the well-known Celtic legend, for 24-30 mixed voices in 8 parts. It includes opportunities for 5 soloists and a spoken narrator, as well as the chorus; all are accompanied by piano.
The intention is to commence rehearsals as soon as corona virus restrictions are lifted and most adults have received their vaccine jabs. The first performance will be late autumn this year or next year. The rehearsal venue and a regular rehearsal night of the week will be chosen to suit the majority of participants.

Patrick Lee (the composer) and David Mawson (the accompanist) are looking for singers who can read music and do have some choral experience, can commit to weekly rehearsals and practice between rehearsals, may want to take on one of the five soloist roles and can transport themselves to and from rehearsals. The first performance of Tristan and Iseult will be one half of an evening’s entertainment. The other songs in the programme will include some well-known choral music from a range of styles as well as arrangements of songs created specifically for this ensemble.
If you are interested in becoming part of this bespoke choral ensemble, please  contact Patrick and David at tristan.iseult@btinternet.com between now and the end of June 2021.

[Posted 26 March 2021]]


The Music Department of St. John The Baptist Church, Catford seeks to appoint voluntary singers for all voice parts. St. John's Church Choir is a very supportive and welcoming ensemble of both amateurs and professionals. We pride ourselves on striving to achieve professional musical standards through structured rehearsals and ambitious repertoire whilst maintaining a relaxed, friendly atmosphere with a good rapport. An ideal candidate may be a beginner with an ambition to become a proficient section and solo singer and a desire to improve reading and technique, or may be an experienced and trained musician wishing to maintain and improve his or her sight-reading ability and musicality. Our main duties are the Sunday Sung Mass and the principal feast days. We occasionally sing Evensongs at other, local institutions including Southwark Cathedral. Rehearsals on Fridays (depending on sight-reading ability): 7.00pm - 8.30pm. Sundays: 9.30am - 10.15am rehearsal, 10.30am - c.11.45am Service. For more information and to arrange an audition, please contact the Organist & Director of Music, Jack Stone: music.stjohnscatford@gmail.com 

[Posted 4 March 2020]]


St Mary Magdalene Church, Richmond, seeks to appoint Choral Scholars for the academic year 2020-2021 (September till end of July). We are looking for 4 Choral Scholars (SATB), who are each paid an annual honorarium of £1,500 plus extra fees for any weddings/funerals as available through the year. Application pack and further information on our websites: www.stmarymagdalenechoir.co.uk/join or www.richmondteamministry.org/stmary/music

Closing date: Friday 20 March 2020, 12.00noon

Suitable candidates may be interviewed before the closing date and we reserve the right to withdraw the position if an early appointment is made. Applicants are therefore encouraged to apply early. Send CV to Director of Music Alex Knight, music.stmarys@richmondteamministry.org

[Posted 27 February 2020 - Closing date 20 March (12.00 noon)]


St Nicolas Parish Church, Pevensey, East Sussex is looking for new singers in all parts to shape and grow the existing small choir by contributing music from plainchant to polyphony. The church has stood in the shadow of the castle since the Norman Conquest and remains a mainstay of local life, a living link between today’s village community and Pevensey’s medieval Cinque Port heritage. There is one Sunday service at 11.00 a.m. with a weekly rehearsal before the service and occasional Festivals. St Nicolas has an inclusive Anglo-Catholic, Book of Common Prayer tradition. Commitment can be tailored to availability and repertoire to resources.  We would also welcome singers prepared to reinforce the choir at major Festivals such as Christmas and Easter. For further information contact Victor Potter, Director of Music on 07768 274461 or info@victorpotter.co.uk

[Posted 23 February 2020]


Mosaic Chamber Choir, Woking, Surrey looking for tenors to sing in our 25 strong choir. Based in Woking, Surrey; we are an auditioned choir and rehearse on Monday evenings - 7:30 - 9:15 pm. We sing a varied repertoire of old to modern music (Brueckner, Durufle, Whitacre, Gjeilo). Our next concert will be Schubert Mass in G with a small chamber orchestra at St Mary’s of Bethany Church, Woking.  Please contact Sara Davies saradavies631@btinternet.com or info@mosaicchamberchoir.org.uk  Information about our choir:  www.mosaicchamberchoir.org.uk

[Posted 17 February 2020]


St Mary’s Scholars Sing in the magnificent Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick!  St Mary’s Scholars invites you to join our pool of singers for performances at Holy Week, Victorian Evening and 6 Sundays a year.  Confident sight readers needed, all voice types welcomed.  Contact Mark Swinton – email: adofm@stmaryswarwick.org.uk tel: 01926 403940 (ext. 3) www.stmaryswarwick.org.uk

[Posted 13 January 2020]


North8 welcome applications for the permanent role of TENOR and for deputy singers of all voice types. We are a young, experienced vocal octet based in Leeds. Formed in 2018 by professional, postgraduate and undergraduate singers, our aim is to create a space where we can develop our ensemble choral skills by exploring a broad range of choral repertoire and performing together in a semi-professional capacity, with voices either one or two to a part. Our singers attend fun, challenging monthly rehearsals and perform our concerts simply because it is our passion to sing together. However there are ever-growing opportunities for our singers to perform at additional paid events, such as weddings (ranging from £70-£120 per musician, depending on event).
A number of our singers have experience in choral conducting, so we often work collaboratively to suggest new repertoire to sing. North8 are regularly asked to provide vocal leaders to run singing workshops throughout the year; this work is advertised internally to our North8 singers and ranges from £70-£100 per rehearsal/workshop. As such, singers with an interest in choral leadership would have an advantage during the audition process. There is also the opportunity to arrange or compose music for the ensemble, if you are interested in doing so. If you are keen to develop as an ensemble singer and would like to meet others from in and around Leeds with a similar passion, we would love to hear from you! Details of all auditions here: www.north8choir.com/auditions

NB: The website says deadline is next week but we are constantly recruiting deputy singers at the moment so would love to hear from anyone in the next 6 months

[Posted 13 January 2020]


Schola Anselmi - St. Anselm and St. Caecilia Church, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3JA The church of St. Anselm and St. Caecilia is located just minutes away from Holborn station (Central & Piccadilly Lines) very close to Lincoln’s Inn Fields. St. Anselm and St. Caecilia has had a strong musical tradition for many years; indeed Thomas Arne was the Director of Music at the Sardinian Chapel, which preceded the current building. We have a thriving junior choir, but are seeking new members from excellent amateur choirs in the London area, or people who are willing to travel to London. 

I am looking for new choir members (all voice parts, but particularly sopranos and altos!) who would be interested in joining the 'Schola Anselmi'  from January 2020 - the adult choir who sing for the Latin Mass at 12pm. Our repertoire is ambitious; we sing a different acapella mass setting each week, e.g. Byrd/Palestrina, Victoria etc). The choir is mostly one or two per part - and so there will likely be scope for solo(s) - either during a mass setting or motet. The main aim is that we have as much fun as possible, exploring as wide a range of acapella mass settings as possible. The commitment is fairly light: rehearsal from 11am on Sunday(s), with mass finished shortly after 1pm. The only pre-requisite is excellent sight-reading; there is no requirement to be Catholic! 

We are holding an 'open rehearsals' day on Sunday, 15th December when we will sing the Imgoen Holst 'Mass in A minor' before retreating to the Seven Stars for a Christmas drink. Should you be interested in trying us out, please do not hesitate to email me: adamoliverbalkwill@gmail.com or via WhatsApp: 07793 451 473.

[Posted 3 November 2019]


£800 CHAMBER CHOIR SCHOLARSHIPS - SATB. One of North London’s finest chamber choirs, Hampstead Chamber Choir is offering four scholarships of £800, one for each voice part (SATB), for the 2019/2020 season. Hampstead Chamber Choir has been a key fixture of the musical scene in North London for forty years, performing works from across the spectrum of the choral canon to a high standard. Meeting every Wednesday evening in term time, the choir puts on four concerts a season and for the 2019/2020 season is offering a scholarship in each part, worth £800 a season. Scholars will be a key part of the choir as it enters the next phase of its development, providing key support in each voice part and helping the choir meet its ambitious musical aims for the season ahead. Repertoire for this term includes French repertoire with orchestra (Langlais, Faure, Villette, Poulenc). Interested applicants should contact dominic.brennan@me.com with a brief outline of their experience. The scholarships would be ideal for accomplished singers that are at the beginning of their choral careers or experienced choral singers on the London scene. Do please get in touch if you have any questions!

[Posted 3 October 2019]


Cardiff Bach Choir now has vacancies for Altos, tenors and basses. Cardiff Bach Choir is one of Wales foremost amateur choirs with a membership of around 65. We usually give three main concerts a year featuring the great choral classics but also more unusual works

For more information visit our website www.cardiffbachoir.org.uk Or email Secretary@cardiffbachoir.org. To arrange an informal chat

[Posted 28 September 2019]


The Fortune Green Choir welcomes new members for the 2019/20 season, including our annual Spring Singfest choral event. No auditions are necessary and the choir sings a wide variety of repertoire including classical, pop, sacred, folk and music theatre. Our first rehearsal of the term is on Tuesday 17th September, 7-8.30pm at Emmanuel Church, Lyncroft Gardens, West Hampstead. More information can be found at www.sing-for-fun-in-fortune-green.webeden.co.uk/

[Posted 14 September 2019]


Bondington Voices is a group of up to 18 singers, singing mainly unaccompanied sacred music, largely from the pre-Classical period, but also from the 20th C and later.  We are based in Berwick-upon-Tweed, sing evensongs in local churches and take part in concerts.  We require an alto – male or female – with reasonable sight-reading, ideally.  We rehearse fortnightly, on Sunday afternoons, in a central Berwick location.  Please contact stephenblock33@gmail.com

[Posted 27 August 2019]


The Hurst Singers (central Berkshire) is looking for singers (especially men!) to join our four-part choir of around 30. We have an ever-expanding repertoire from all parts of the musical spectrum - jazz, musicals, madrigals, the classics, secular and sacred. We hold about three concerts a year, plus other events, and a small group from the choir takes on additional repertoire. We are open to new ideas and singing formats. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings, 7.30pm, at St. Johns Village Hall, Mortimer, Berkshire. For details contact Mari Fleming on 01189 332805; mariatseasons@aol.com or Elaine Cox (MD) at siccarpt@gmail.com

[Posted 14 August 2019]


The Bridgewater Singers is a well-established amateur group of 18 mixed voices (SATB) which meets to rehearse on Monday evenings in Stockton Heath for approx. 40 weeks of the year. We regularly give 3 or more concerts per year and sing a wide variety of music from Renaissance to modern day.
Currently we are looking to expand our numbers in all sections. If you have a love of singing and are looking to give voice to that love in a friendly and supportive group, more general information can be found via https://www.makingmusic.org.uk/group/bridgewater-singers  and on our own website www.bridgewatersingers.org  where there is more specific detail about the requirements/expectations.

[Posted 12 July 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]