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.


 
 

National Youth Choirs of Great Britain Trustees

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) are seeking up to three Trustees to support this outstanding national youth music organisation in continuing to thrive and grow. Trustees must have a commitment to, and passion for excellence in music and for music in the education and well-being of all young people regardless of background or circumstance.
Applications are particularly welcome from Trustees with skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Safeguarding
  • Education and participation
  • Governance and regulatory matters
  • Fundraising and development
  • Financial or legal acumen

We are keen to ensure the diversity of our Board and we welcome applications from all sections of the community, and from across the UK.
Trustees should have the time and commitment to attend four Board meetings a year, normally held in London, and to support the organisation less formally throughout the year as appropriate. Trustees will be expected to be ambassadors for NYCGB and choral music, supporting the organisation’s ongoing development of its profile and networks of young people, audiences and supporters.
NYCGB (Artistic Director Ben Parry, Chief Executive Anne Besford) inspires and empowers young people through the life-changing experience of singing together. Our five choirs - the National Youth Girls’ Choir, National Youth Boys’ Choir, National Youth Training Choir, the flagship National Youth Choir and National Youth Chamber Choir - have a membership of over 750 of the best young singers aged 9 to 25 from across the UK. Through our residential courses and special projects, we provide our young people with unbeatable opportunities to develop skills in music and performance, leadership and teamwork, and to grow in confidence and aspiration. Our choirs regularly give high profile performances at venues and festivals such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, Sage Gateshead, the Royal Concert Hall Nottingham, Edinburgh Festival, Snape Proms and the BBC Proms (including the first night of the Proms in 2018). The National Youth Choir is also invited to perform at events of national significance such as the 100th anniversary commemorations of WWI at Amiens in 2018 to an audience including HRH the Duke of Cambridge and the Prime Minister. High profile international artists NYCGB has worked with include Daniel Barenboim and Kylie Minogue.
NYCGB also supports the development of emerging young professionals through our Fellowship programme for future choral leaders and performers and our new young composers scheme. An emerging conductors scheme is also in development. We believe that all young people should be able to take part in high-quality singing and a major and growing strand of NYCGB’s work is our learning and engagement programme, including our Widening Access and Engagement initiative. We work with regional music education hubs, schools and partner organisations including regional choirs and venues to encourage more and more young people to sing together.
For initial expressions of interest or applications please email the Chair of Trustees (Professor Chris Higgins) at Chair@nycgb.org.uk


Conductors/Musical Directors
 

Imari Ladies Chorus is looking for an enthusiastic Musical Director to take up the post in February 2020. Founded in August 1995, this is a well-established A Capella ladies chorus of approx 40 members, singing a variety of songs usually in four part harmony.  We sing for fun and to raise funds for charity, and we have been particularly successful at this. We are looking for someone who is keen to promote enjoyment of singing through positive, friendly encouragement in rehearsals.
The Musical Director will:


*procure and teach new material

*Plan the musical programme of any performances

* Take weekly rehearsals

* Direct performances

Rehearsals take place at St Mary’s Church Hall, Victoria Road, Draycott, DE72 3PS on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Fee: to be negotiated. For further information or to express your interest please contact: Chris Jackson (Secretary)   farndalers@gmail.com Linda Gourlay (Musical Director) pollyteal@msn.com  , or telephone 0115 932 5855 - Or drop in at a rehearsal.

[Posted 9 December 2019]


Arun Choral Society is looking for an Assistant Conductor to join our musical team and work under our MD Joe Paxton. We are a 100 strong mixed choir with a long tradition in choral singing. The position is currently vacant, and we are looking to fill it as soon as possible. The new Assistant would sing in the choir (Monday evening rehearsal) and be available to take occasional rehearsal as required or assist the MD and choir when learning new repertoire by leading sectional rehearsals.
As such, interest from people of all levels of experience in choral direction will be considered. This position could be an internship for students who want to enhance their experience in choral conducting.

Ideally, you will possess or be developing conducting, keyboard and score-reading skills, and a good knowledge of choral repertoire, and you will have a generous attitude towards working with an amateur group that wants to be challenged and inspired. He or she would be a confident musician and can play his / her part in helping the choir to maintain high standards in all its performances. The Assistant Conductor will be employed by the choir at the rate of £2500 p.a. For more information or to express your interest, please contact Hedda Wells at concertsec@arunchoralsociety.co.uk

[Posted 28 November 2019]


Parish Director of Music St Barnabas with Christ’s Chapel, Dulwich, London SE21. St Barnabas is a large, modern, welcoming and inclusive church that sits in the central Anglican tradition. We have a strong musical and choral element to our liturgy. Our parish choir, which has a membership of around 70 adults and young people, is at the heart of our collective worship. Christ’s Chapel (c.1616) in the centre of Dulwich Village offers worship using the Book of Common Prayer.
The organ at St Barnabas was built during the construction of the new church between 1992-1996 by Kenneth Tickell & Company. The organ at Christ’s Chapel, built in 1760 by George England, was restored in 2009 by William Drake and remains one of the best organs in the area.
We are looking to appoint a person of mature and open character, who is resilient and robust and has a good sense of humour. He or she should be an experienced and professional musician with a vision for music ministry in churches who:
  • is an excellent organist and skilled choir director
  • can work collaboratively and communicate effectively
  • can plan music that engages the whole congregation in worship
  • understands liturgy and is committed and reliable.
Salary: £17,000 (plus fees) - Part-time: 15 hours a week - Application deadline: noon 15 January 2020. Interviews: 24 January 2020. Appointment from 1 May 2020. For an informal conversation please contact the vicar, Revd John Watson on 020 8693 1524 or email vicar@stbarnabasdulwich.org Download the candidate pack from www.stbarnabasdulwich.org/vacancies

[Posted 27 November 2019 - Closing date 15 January 2020]


The Philharmonic Choir of Manchester seeks a Musical Director. We are looking for a musical director with experience of choral conducting. You will need the ability to coach and inspire amateur singers,making rehearsals enjoyable learning opportunities. Your selection of our repertoire will underpin this ability. Beyond that,the success of our concerts will depend on your recruitment of soloists and instrumentalists.We would like you to commit yourself to the role for at least 2 years and preferably longer. In return you will have the support of an active management committee-as well as £60 per rehearsal and £120 per concert.

We are a well established 50-strong SATB choir. We offer people chance to enjoy and perform music in the European classical tradition.As a matter of principle we are open to all without audition, but we do expect members to attend our weekly rehearsals and to perform in our 3 annual concerts in St.Paul’s Church,Withington,Manchester. You can find further information on our website:www.philchoir.org.uk. If you would like us to develop further please send your C.V.to our chair, Paul Bradbury,at bradburys1950@hotmail.com by December 20th. You can make enquiries to that address or to Paul on 07926225014. The selection process will take place in January with a view to the successful candidate taking up the position in May.

[Posted 25 November 2019 - Closing date 20 December 2019]


Music Director, Dulwich Choral Society. Dulwich Choral Society is one of London’s leading amateur choirs. Now almost 120-strong, it celebrated its 75th anniversary in April with a performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Cadogan Hall. Other recent highlights have been a cycle of the major Bach choral works, in prestigious locations, and the world première of Jonathan Dove’s Arion and the Dolphin.

We rehearse in Dulwich on Monday evenings during term-time and usually give two major concerts per year with high-calibre soloists and orchestra, plus a lighter summer concert, a carol concert in aid of local charities, and a Come and Sing Day.

Aidan Oliver is leaving us at Easter 2020 after 13 hugely successful years, following his recent appointments as Chorus Director for Glyndebourne and the Edinburgh Festival Chorus. We are looking for a successor to build on his achievements and develop a new vision for our future.

The closing date for applications is 15 January 2020. Full details, including the job specification, the person specification and how to apply are at https://tinyurl.com/rmnyg81 and in the About Us section of dulwichchoral.com.

[Posted 19 November 2019 - Closing date 15 January 2020]


Bricket Wood Community Choir is looking for an enthusiastic Musical Director/Conductor to take over the choir from September 2020. The choir is around 55 strong, with very mixed abilities.. sopranos, altos and male voices. We sing a very wide range of music including musicals, songs from films, Gospel songs, popular songs and even a bit of classical music.
The current MD also acts as accompanist, though there has been a separate accompanist in the past, so either an MD who can also accompany or who can bring in a separate accompanist would be considered. A salary will be offered commensurate on experience.

Bricket Wood Community Choir is a well-established Community Choir based in Bricket Wood, a large village west of St Albans. The choir meets on Tuesdays in term-time in the local church, from 7.30 – 9.15pm. It has become a very important part of village life and has an ethos of inclusivity and fun above all. The choir like to raise money for charity at their annual summer concert and enjoy occasional social events throughout the year. Music sung is very varied, including Gospel songs, medleys of show tunes, popular songs and even a bit of classical, usually in three parts, occasionally in four. More information about the choir can be found at https://www.bwcommunitychoir.com or by emailing info@bwcommunitychoir.com

[Posted 19 November 2019 - Closing date 1 June 2020]


Musica Vera, a mixed voice chamber choir of currently 20 voices, founded in 1964, is seeking a new Music Director to start in early 2020, preferably somebody who lives in the Cheltenham/Gloucester area. The position arises following notice of the resignation of our current Music Director due to pressure of other commitments. We are looking for somebody to consolidate and further develop the choir’s music making skills within the varied repertoire of music which we perform.  An Honorarium is payable. For further details please contact the Secretary:  secretary@musicavera.eu

[Posted 18 November 2019]


The J Singers choir in Bridgwater, Somerset, are looking for a new Director of Music to take over in early 2020 - preferably someone living in the area. Regular rehearsals are on a Tuesday evening and modest remuneration is available.

Founded in 1966, we currently have about 20 members and sing a varied mix of music, normally in 3 or 4 parts, ranging from traditional ballads, songs from the West End shows and film themes, through to world music, works by modern choral composers such as John Rutter and Paul Mealor, as well as popular songs from groups such as Abba and The Beatles. Although reading music isn't a membership requirement, recruits do undergo a voice test.

In addition to enjoying ourselves, part of our ethos is to benefit others through performing concerts to air charities and other good causes - typically around 10 per year. We're looking to continue to improve our performances, while maintaining our variety and our enjoyment of singing. We're also keen to expand our membership.

For further information or to express your interest, please contact David or Tim via our website http://www.jsingers.org/ (which also includes further information about us, our repertoire and our activities), or email md@jsingers.org.

[Posted 13 November 2019]


Musical Director for Cherwell Choral Society. Cherwell Choral Society (previously known as Warriner Choral Society) is a long established non auditioned choral society based in Bloxham, Oxfordshire, currently with around 90 members, rehearsing on Tuesday evenings.  It has acquired a reputation for producing high quality performances, with three or four concerts a year supported by professional musical director, accompanist, orchestra and soloists.  

Our current MD is moving on after 15 very successful years, and we are seeking an energetic and enthusiastic replacement, to start in January 2021. This is a great opportunity for a new MD to work with us in our ambition to advance even further the reputation of the choir, to achieve outstanding concert performances of a varied repertoire, and to provide an enjoyable and stimulating experience for choir members both at rehearsal and concert. It is a particularly exciting time for the choir, as we have just changed our name to Cherwell Choral Society to better represent the geographical spread of our members and our audiences. We expect that the successful candidate will have a music degree, several years experience conducting mixed voice choirs,  a good knowledge of the classical choral repertoire, and the ability to achieve rapport and generate enthusiasm in our choir. Competitive remuneration based on skills and experience. For further information and details of the application process, visit https://cherwellchoral.org/md-vacancy or email recruitment@cherwellchoral.org

[Posted 11 November 2019 - Closing date 31 December 2020]


Wigan Choral Society is looking for an enthusiastic Musical Director with a knowledge and experience of choral conducting to take up the post in March, 2020. Experience of conducting an orchestra would be an advantage. Our well-established choral society of about 60 mixed voices enjoys a wide repertoire of mainly sacred and some secular music ranging from baroque to more contemporary works.  Further details about the choir and details of past and future performances can be seen on our website.

We are looking for a keen musician, preferably a music graduate, with a wide knowledge of choral repertoire, who can maintain and develop the standard of the choir through good vocal training and promote enjoyment of music-making through positive, friendly encouragement in rehearsals. The Musical Director will:

* Plan the musical programme of at least three concerts each year in consultation with the committee.
* Take weekly 2 hour rehearsals (Monday) and conduct concerts.
* Be responsible for engaging soloists if required.

Rehearsals, supported by a professional accompanist, take place at St Michael’s Church, Swinley Road, Wigan, WN1 2BJ on Monday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Next season’s performances have been arranged and will include Mozart’s Requiem on April 4th, 2020, and an Opera Choruses-based concert on June 27th, 2020. Interested candidates should submit a CV and brief covering letter. Please send them to our Secretary, Annemarie McAllister (email below). If short-listed you will be asked to attend a short interview on a Monday evening in January 2020 and direct a 30 minute rehearsal of a specified piece from Mozart’s Requiem.  The closing date for applications is Friday 29th November, 2019. Short-listed candidates will be notified by Monday 16th December, 2019.  If you would like additional information, please contact our Secretary.

[Posted 11 November 2019 - Closing date 29 November 2019]


Assistant Music Director – Creative Director – Scriptwriter Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus are the largest gay men’s chorus outside London, with a membership of around 100. Our repertoire is broad, ranging from current and historic pop to the occasional classical and folk numbers. Our arrangements are mainly written by our music professionals and often offer an interesting twist to a well-known number. Our shows are loved by our regular audience and local critics alike, and we are regularly seen performing in and around Brighton and Hove, as well as travelling further afield to perform in chorus festivals and competitions.

We are recruiting an Assistant Music Director to support our talented Chorus Director, Joe Paxton, and Music Director and Accompanist, Tim Nail.  This is an ideal role for a professional musician who wants to develop skills in leading choruses. It is a developmental remunerated role with a package of support from the Chorus Director and Music Director. Applicants should be eager to learn and develop.
 The role includes:

  • Attending rehearsals and tours
  • Assisting the Chorus Director in rehearsing and conducting the Chorus
  • Supporting and running workshops and sectional practices
  • Supporting the running of the Chorus Ensemble
  • Creating and developing arrangements and backing tracks
  • Recording music resources
  • Helping members develop their musical knowledge and singing techniques
  • Engaging in all aspect of Chorus activity, including non-music aspects

Essential Skills and Attributes

  • Play piano to ABRSM Grade 8 as minimum
  • Sing, with experience of performing in or leading choirs
  • Music degree or similar qualification
  • LGBTQ+ community member or ally
  • Ability to lead rehearsals
  • Experience of teaching and coaching groups in music and singing to a wide range of levels and ability

Desirable Skills

  • Experience of accompanying choirs or choruses
  • Experience of arranging music pieces
  • Experience of leading large choruses
  • Experience in stage direction and choreography

In addition, we are also looking to recruit Creative Director and Scriptwriting support, so if you have any of these skills to that will be a bonus. If you are interested please send a résumé of your career and a statement outlining why you would be ideal for the job to chairman@brightongmc.org and chorusdirector@brightongmc.org Further information about the Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus can be found at www.brightongmc.org

[Posted 2 November 2019]


Vacancy for Musical Director to Handsworth Community Choir. Handsworth Community Choir (HCC), was originally set up by the CBSO in 2013. We are now a self-funded and independent secular choir with around 40 non-auditioned members of mixed musical abilities, who learn with both sheet music and by ear. Our continuing aim is to reach out in our music and membership to all sections of our community to create cohesion and links between communities, and certainly to promote wellbeing through the joy of singing. The choir numbers have increased slowly over the years, and we are still looking to recruit more singers. We perform at various community events and we have a Christmas concert each year. Last year we were invited to take part in Community Spirit at the Birmingham Symphony Hall.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and inspirational person with experience in a wide ride range of music, who can work with community choir singers to develop their singing and performance skills and to take the choir forward over the coming years.
We rehearse from 6 to 7.30 on Thursday evenings in term time in the Rookery  Road School, B21 9PY. We are supported by a professional pianist at rehearsals and at our public performances. The successful applicant should

  • have good practical knowledge of different styles of music and be open to different community events.
  • have the ability to direct and motivate the choir.
  • have an understanding (and experience) of Community choirs.
  • be able to build the choir’s confidence.
  • be enthusiastic and encouraging and to make rehearsals productive and fun.

Duties and Responsibilities of the Musical Director:

  • To propose a secular repertoire in conjunction with the committee and pianist, and decide on an annual performance programme at the start of the year.
  • Participate in external opportunities when they arise, subject to availability, and lead and support the choir at performances.
  • To ensure that the highest possible musical standards are achieved both at rehearsals and concerts, consistent with the choir’s musical and financial resources.
  • To be available for rehearsal before an event/concert.
  • To review the performance of each concert with the choir.
  • Management: To work closely with the Committee, attend meetings, and discuss proposed concerts or events as they may arise. To evaluate with and support the Committee in creating imaginative and innovative work appropriate to the choir’s ability and diversity.

Application requirements
Please supply a short CV and a covering letter of no more than one A4 sheet describing your approach, methodology and relevant experience. Application by 28th November 2019 to judithjwwaters@aol.com Auditions at our rehearsal on 5th December 2019 - Interviews 5th and 6th December 2019. All subject to availability. Renumeration to be negotiated. Proposed start date 01.01.2020

[Posted 2 November 2019 - Closing date 28 November 2019 ]


Harrogate Male Voice Choir is seeking a Musical Director who will take up this post in late-August 2020. The ideal candidate will be someone who is able to make HMVC a priority, someone who has considerable experience and expertise in choral training and who will teach and continue to develop the choir in a wide variety of styles and genres. The current Musical Director is Patrick Lee (since April 2014) and he will be vacating the post in May 2020. We also have two excellent pianists – David Mawson and David Ward-Campbell.

The choir is a group of 50+ gentlemen, based in Harrogate, who gather every Tuesday evening (from late August to the following June) to rehearse together in preparation for approximately twelve performances in the year. The choir’s main objectives are to have fun in rehearsal and performance, to maintain high standards of musical performance and to raise funds for a range of charities. The choir rehearses at Woodlands Methodist Church Hall, Wetherby Road, Harrogate, HG2 7SG, from 7.30 – 9.30 pm, on Tuesday evenings.

The administration of the choir is undertaken by the main Choir Committee and the MD is an ex-officio member of this committee. The new Musical Director should expect to be at all rehearsals (up to 40 per year) and concerts and will also be required to attend meetings of the main committee (approximately 6-8 p.a.). Furthermore, the MD is the lead member of the choir’s Music Committee.
The choir has created an outreach project, “Sing Out”, which is intended to foster close working relationships with local primary school choirs. The inaugural joint concert of this initiative, on 20th May 2017, was hugely successful and rewarding for all concerned, as was the second Sing Out performance in 2018.
2019 is the 50th Anniversary of the choir. The major celebratory concert was held at the Royal Hall in Harrogate last May, when we welcomed the internationally renowned vocal ensemble, VOCES8, as our principal guests.
We will be picking up the reins of the Sing Out project again in 2020, collaborating with two primary schools – Grove Road Primary School in Harrogate and Masham Primary School.

The Musical Director of Harrogate Male Voice Choir post offers an honorarium - details will be discussed with individual candidates at the interview.

Interested applicants should submit two documents to the Chairman, Mr. Peter Allen, peterallenhouse@icloud.com, tel. 07828 582461.

  1. A letter of application explaining what the applicant feels she/he can offer Harrogate MVC . It should also include the applicant’s views on the future for MVCs and their thoughts on how they will accommodate singers of all abilities.
  2. A copy of their Curriculum Vitae, covering musical background and experience.

The closing date for applications is Saturday 14th December 2019. Please ensure that a postal address is included in the letter of application.

We offer an open invitation and welcome to all applicants who wish to attend our regular rehearsal on 7th January 2020 when they can discover the choir’s capabilities at first hand. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview and audition which will take place on either 21st or 28th January 2020. If you are unable to attend on one of these two dates, please let us know in your letter of application.  

For further information, please visit the Harrogate MVC website, www.harrogatemvc.org.uk, or search on YouTube for our videos.

[Posted 21 October 2019 - Closing date 14 December 2019 ]


Guest Director (Maternity Cover) Great Yorkshire Chorus. The Great Yorkshire Chorus is a large non-auditioned choir for adults based in Saltaire, West Yorkshire. The choir sings mainly pop, folk and world music and has a strong ethos of creativity, excellence and fun. Founded only in September 2018, the choir has quickly grown to over 100 members and has already undertaken many performances including BBC Music Day, TEDx Bradford and a number of charity and community events. The choir is currently working towards a large Christmas concert in St Georges Hall, Bradford. More details about us can be found at www.greatyorkshirechorusco.uk and www.facebook.com/greatyorkshirechorus

Our founder and director will be taking maternity leave from choir rehearsals between March and July 2020. We are seeking to appoint a Guest Director to work with the choir during this period. 

Our ideal candidate is an excellent musician with good previous experience leading this type of choir. They must be someone who will value and maintain the positive and inclusive culture of the choir, as well as seeking to attain high musical standards.

The role will include the following:

- Lead choir rehearsals in Saltaire on Tuesday evenings during term time, 7.45pm - 9.30pm
- Teach music by ear to the choir, using lyric sheets (not sheet music)
- Set up and pack up rehearsal PA equipment (if you have your own this is useful, but not essential)
- Responsibility for basic admin at rehearsals (eg attendance registers), with the assistance of volunteers from the choir
- Prepare the choir well for all forthcoming performances
- Direct the choir in performances (usually about one per month, dates to be discussed)

The ideal candidate will:

- Be an experienced choir director with a positive personality
- Have sufficient keyboard skills to teach and provide basic accompaniment in rehearsals 
- Have the confidence and presence to engage well with a large group of singers
- Be able to offer expertise that will continue to challenge and develop the choir in this period

This is a paid position, on a self-employed basis. Full details are available on request. To express an interest in the role, please email office@greatyorkshirechorus.co.uk

[Posted 17 October 2019]


The Three Towns Musical Director - Vacancy: The Three Towns (previously The Three Towns Operatic Society) is a very successful, vibrant & award-winning SATB choir of up to 60 auditioned members with a wide age-range, currently celebrating 50 years of performing in and around the Leigh, Lancs, area. We have received many accolades for Autumn Concerts of popular music for local charities, and for very successful Shows, alternating annually between Gilbert & Sullivan and other strong SATB Operettas. Based at Tyldesley Methodist Church for rehearsals on Tuesday evening, we perform our own Concerts and Shows at St Joseph’s Hall, Leigh. Find more information about us on our website: www.thethreetowns.net  Due to the recent retirement of our long-standing Musical Director, we seek an experienced, enthusiastic person to take up the role and continue to build upon our successes and achievements. The suitable candidate will ideally have appropriate qualifications in Music and experience of working with SATB choirs, Stage Directors & of conducting an Orchestra. A sense of humour is an added advantage.

In addition, the suitable candidate will be able to: communicate clearly with people of all ages with some/no musical knowledge, conduct rehearsals of a full SATB choir, work with piano accompanist(s), perfect items of all genres of music, conduct concerts in various venues, conduct an orchestra of professional musicians for the annual Show, and work with the Stage Director on all aspects of Show rehearsals.
The ideal candidate will be available for: rehearsals on Tuesday evenings 7.45-10pm, Autumn Concerts (maximum 6) Fri/Sat evenings Oct - Dec, Principals’ rehearsals Fri 7.45-10pm Jan-May, annual Show Auditions (1 evening in Oct), extra Show rehearsals at start of May, Dress & Orchestra Rehearsals and all Show Week (usually the 3rd Week in May). The Society is a charity with limited financial resources. Remuneration would be a point for discussion at interview.

Please apply to the Secretary, Ursula Lightford, at umlightford@hotmail.com enclosing your CV and a Covering letter explaining why you feel you are a suitable candidate for this post. Please also give details of two Referees who can confirm your suitability for the Post and provide a character reference. The shortlisted candidates will be invited to Interview. You are very welcome to come and sit in at a rehearsal for our up-coming Concerts, by prior arrangement with the Secretary. The Post will be for an initial 6 month trial period on either side, with a view to a permanent position. The closing date for applications is 23rd November 2019 to start Dec 2019/Jan 2020

[Posted 15 October 2019 - 23 November 2019]


Lacuna Upper Voice Choir seeks a new Musical Director. We are a women’s voice choir who meet on  Monday nights in Milnthorpe, south Cumbria.  We sing a wide range of music (from the Renaissance to modern), mainly a capella, in 3/4 parts (occasionally 6) and have challenged ourselves by singing in French and Finnish!  Our present membership is just under 20 women of varying musical experience.  In 2017 we were delighted to win the small group category in the local Mary Wakefield Festival.  We welcome new members and currently do not audition. Our current director of 5 years is re-locating for family reasons.  We are now looking for someone with good choral expertise who can work with amateur singers to develop our skills and further enhance our enjoyment of singing. For further information and/or an informal chat please contact Sarah Jackson on 07929031466 or sbjacksn@yahoo.com

[Posted 14 October 2019]


Musical Director Needed for City of Coventry Male Voice Choir. The Choir is a 40 strong high quality non-profit making choir, based in Coventry, who perform a wide and dynamic repertoire, developing our skills as singers and giving back to the community. City of Coventry Male Voice Choir has been in existence for 72 years. Our Current MD, will be leaving us at the end of 2019 and so CCMVC seeks an experienced and energetic Director to lead the choir from 2020. The choir rehearses on Wednesdays at Woodside Avenue Methodist Church, Coventry from 7.45 -9.45pm. The successful Musical Director will work with the CCMVC 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 CCMVC 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, to both sight and non sight readers,
  • mentoring choir sections through rhythmically challenging parts, so that the choir is performance ready;
  • Maintaining the standard CCMVC sets for itself articulated in its vision
  • Supporting the choir's development in e.g. their tuning, listening, blending, breathing, care of the voice etc.

Applications:
A copy of your Curriculum Vitae should be emailed to: CCMVCSecretary@gmail.com ,There is no set date for applications but we are looking to appoint a new Choir Director to start in January 2020, so if this sounds like the role for you, please email the CCMVC 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 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 14 October 2019]


 

Vacancy – Choir Leader/Trainer - Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. The Parish of St James’s is a thriving Catholic parish within the Church of England serving the people of Clacton-on-Sea. We are looking for a suitably qualified person to help us realise our plans for our choir and work alongside our organist. Our existing choir is voluntary, rehearses on Friday evenings and sings for our Sunday morning service, major festivals and the occasional evensong. We are looking to develop the RSCM Voice for Life scheme and move towards providing musical scholarships for young people in this deprived area through a newly established youth choir. Applicants will need to undergo safeguarding checks and be prepared to respect the values and ethos of our worshiping community. Please contact frjustin@stjamesclacton.org.uk to express and interest or our organist/music director pauls@essex.ac.uk, apply for the position, or to find out more. This is a self-employed position with renumeration in line with RSCM guidelines at around £3,500 per annum, dependent on the the candidate.

[Posted 28 September 2019]


Musical Director required for Ilkley, West Yorkshire to start September 2020. CANTORES OLICANAE is an enthusiastic, mixed-voice choir of around 50 singers, based in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. Since 2016 we have had the privilege of working with an inspirational young Musical Director. Under his leadership, the choir has gone from strength to strength, continually ‘raising the bar’ and improving our performance.
Our MD now moves on to further his exciting career abroad as a choral conductor and we have the difficult task of filling his shoes! Our experience over the last 3-4 years has made us realise a few things:
OUR NEW MUSICAL DIRECTOR MUST:

  • Have a positive attitude to life
  • Have patience and a lively sense of humour
  • Be an exceptional musician
  • Be able to take rehearsals from the keyboard, on occasions when we do not have an accompanist
  • Be able to enthuse the choir with energy and flair
  • Be prepared to encourage the choir to continue in its search for the highest of standards, inspiring us to face new musical challenges
  • Be mindful of the fact that financial viability of the choir must be considered when planning programmes
  • Be prepared to think ‘out of the box’ regarding new projects

This is a remunerated post. If you are interested, please ring Barbara Grant on 07779-312154. or email barbara6hcc@hotmail.com for further details and a full job description. Interviews will take place during the week commencing Monday, 27th January 2020. Auditions will be held during the evening of Tuesday, 11th February 2020. For further information about the choir, please see our website www.cantoresolicanae.org.uk

[Posted 28 September 2019 - Closing date 10 January 2020]


Sing While You Work are now looking to appoint a Choir Director who will lead the choir for future performances and concerts. Set up in 2013, Birmingham City Council choir has become one of the country’s best workplace choirs that has performed to audiences nationwide, and for Heads of State and Royalty.  Birmingham City Council wishes to maintain the Workplace choir as an employee engagement and wellbeing tool, to attend events, generate positive publicity and meet the various charity and public performance requests we regularly receive.

Birmingham City Council has given the choir a clear remit to strive for excellence in performance.  Current membership of the choir is approximately 40 people (4 part) who have all been through an audition process. This choir rehearses once a week for approx. 2 hours continuing to build a repertoire in preparation for any performances they have agreed to undertake.

In terms of performance opportunities, we receive a wide variety of requests ranging from small local charity events, city, regional and national events.  We also regularly perform at civic events for the Lord Mayor and other visiting dignitaries.   Going forward we would take advice from the choir director about the frequency of performances and which of the performance requests made we should accept, but would seek opportunities to represent Birmingham City Council on a local, national and possibly international stage. For informal enquiries please email:  bhamccchoir@gmail.com To download the details of the position and how to apply please click here

[Posted 24 September 2019]


WOMEN OF NOTE, a Cambridge-based a cappella group, is looking for a new Musical Director and would like to hear from women with musical experience, teaching and leadership skills who may be interested in this rewarding role.

Formed in 1995, Women of Note has 27 members.  The origins of the group are grounded on ‘natural voice’ principles and the celebration of shared song. As well as enjoying the pleasure of singing together, Women of Note performs regularly in concert, at community events and private celebrations, often raising funds for local charities.  In 2018 we were honoured to be part of Cambridge's centenary celebrations of women’s right to vote, when we sang feminist songs at the Guildhall to a standing ovation.

We sing a wide range of unaccompanied music, from world music to blues, pop and occasional newly commissioned works.  New members are not required to audition when joining the group and almost all learning is by ear, although some members can read music.  We have been described as 'more than just a choir' and enjoy a variety of social activities together.

The new musical director’s role will include introducing new work to the group, preparing the group for, and leading them in, performances.  We currently work with a self-employed musical director for 22 weeks a year.  The group meets weekly in Cambridge, between 7.45pm and 9.45pm on Tuesday evenings during school term time.  Practical organisation – marketing, finance and communications – is handled by small committees and individuals within the choir.

If you would like to discuss this role, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact Sally Fenn at sallyfenn1@googlemail.com or tel: 01223 350269

[Posted 16 September 2019]


Ballyclare Male Choir invites applications for the monthly remunerated post of Conductor, to replace the retiring incumbent. Closing date for applications is end Nov 2019, however the post may be filled at any time suitable to the choir. The role could initially be shared with the current Conductor and would become stand alone at September 2020. For Choir and Job Descriptions visit www.ballyclaremalechoir.com Interested persons apply to hubertgreer@hotmail.co.uk  or Tel 028 9332 3696.

[Posted 27 August 2019 - Closing date 30 November 2019]


The Swift Singers ladies’ choir (S.S.A.A) in South Woodham Ferrers Essex, seek a new Musical Director from January 2020. An exciting opportunity to lead the Swift Singers into their 31st year following the retirement of their current Musical Director, Clive Smith, who will be leaving at the end of 2019.

The Swift Singers is a non-auditioning, 80 strong, fun loving, community choir who perform a dynamic repertoire to delight our audiences and raise money for charity. We are looking for an inspiring, energetic, supportive, fun-loving, fully qualified MD, preferably with keyboard skills, although an accompanist is available for most rehearsals and all concerts.

The successful candidate will be able to commit to approximately 100 hours per year on a selfemployed basis.
Responsibilities include:

1. Liaison with the Swift committee to run the choir and enable them to perform at events throughout the year. This includes attending 8-10 committee meetings a year usually on Wednesday or Thursday evenings.
2. Additional liaison with members of the committee and choir members, generally by phone or email, especially with the chair, librarian, publicity officer and concert secretary as required.
3. To select/plan and, if necessary, arrange appropriate music for the choir.
4. Managing all choir rehearsals held on Tuesday evenings from 8.15 to 9.45pm, developing and inspiring the choir with a mix of songs from warmups and simple arrangements to more complex pieces.
5. Teaching new pieces in a supportive way, to both sight and non-sight readers, culminating in the ability of the choir to perform at concerts without music.
6. Supporting the choir's choral technique and development, including intonation, balance, diction, breath control etc.
7. Being available to travel with the choir to concerts and competitions, including occasional overnight and overseas travel.

Applications: A copy of your Curriculum Vitae and indication of expected hourly rate should be emailed to: Philippa Marshall, chair of the choir by 5pm on Monday 23rd September at the following address:

philippa556@googlemail.com

Interview and Rehearsal: Dates to be mutually arranged but likely to be early November.
Short-listed applicants will be invited to a short interview on a Tuesday evening. Following the interview, you will be asked to conduct the choir in rehearsal with items from the current repertoire.
Please see our website www.swiftsingers.co.uk or the Swift Singers Facebook page for more details about the choir.

[Posted 26 August 2019]


New Musical Director required for January 2020. We are Gillingham Singers, a well- established non-auditioned SATB choir of 40 voices based in North Dorset. This position requires an enthusiastic, energetic and inspirational individual who will support the choir’s development.

We rehearse on Monday evenings in the local school preparing for 2 or 3 concerts a year. For more information e-mail hilarydrake@outlook.com

[Posted 26 August 2019]


St Peter’s Church, Limpsfield, East Surrey seek a Choral Director, from January 2020. This is an exciting and fresh opportunity for someone with enthusiasm and skill to work closely with our other leading musicians to inspire our worship and to

  • lead our newly-formed St Peter’s Singers (building on our present choirs)
  • build on our lively present, and significant musical heritage (Delius, Beecham, Beatrice Harrison and friends)
  • shape and grow our future singing for all ages, including opportunities for choral scholarships and community engagement
  • continue to develop and transform St Peter’s as a place of choral excellence

St Peter’s is an Anglican Eucharistic parish church in a vibrant village, offering:

Fine organ with excellent organist in post, and concert piano

Strong English choral tradition, and enjoyment of a variety of other styles

Good transport links by road and rail (lifts available from / to Oxted station if required)

One Sunday morning service with rehearsal every week, and occasional Choral Evensong

This is a self-employed position. Remuneration of £75 per Sunday service, including rehearsal (equivalent to £3,150 / year), plus special services, expenses and warm support.

For more information about St Peter’s, please see our website: www.stpeterslimpsfield.org

The successful candidate will play a significant role in shaping the next phase of St Peter’s musical life. There is the opportunity for an extended handover in the autumn so please do get in touch if you’re interested. For an informal conversation, please contact the Team Rector, Rev. James Percival, on 01883 722351, or james.lttm@gmail.com To apply, please send covering letter and CV to Caroline Campbell, Church Coordinator: stpeterschurch.lttm@gmail.com

[Posted 2 August 2019]


Musical Director Needed for Luton Male Voice Choir. The Luton Male Voice Choir is a 24 strong high quality non-profit making choir, based in Luton, who perform a wide and dynamic repertoire, developing our skills as singers and giving back to the community. Luton Male Voice Choir Has been in existence for 27 years and has sung to international audiences in prestigious surroundings including The Royal Albert Hall, The Natural History Museum, The Grosvenor and Park Lane Hotels in London and also with various other choirs throughout the country. Our Current MD, John Alexander, will be leaving us at the end of 2019 and so LMVC seeks an experienced and energetic Director to lead the choir from 2020. LMVC seeks an experienced and energetic choir director to lead the choir from 2020. The choir rehearses on Wednesdays at Our Lady Help of Christians Church Community Hall from 7.30 -9.30pm. The working hours are two hours of rehearsal each week and the time needed to be ready for rehearsals and performances. The successful Musical Director will work with the LMVC 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 LMVC 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, to both sight and non sight readers,
  • mentoring choir members through rhythmically challenging parts, so that the choir is performance ready;
  • Maintaining the standard LMVC sets for itself articulated in its vision
  • Supporting the choir's development in e.g. their tuning, listening, blending, breathing, care of the voice etc.

Applications:

A copy of your Curriculum Vitae should be emailed to: chairman@lutonmvc.com,There is no set date for applications but we are looking to appoint a new Choir Director to start in January 2020, so if this sounds like the role for you, please email the LMVC 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 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 2 August 2019]


Whitsand Harmony, based in Downderry, South East Cornwall, require a conductor/musical director.  The choir is looking for an enthusiastic, committed person with a sense of humour and patience, ready to take a choir of approximately thirty members (SATB), of mixed ability onto the next stage of a 30+ year history.  The choir has grown progressively in ability.  Just three conductors have been responsible for the progress and so the choir is ideally looking for someone with a long term commitment, but not essential. Are you thinking of moving to the area?  If you are, the area has many attractions and is often called the Forgotten Corner of Cornwall. Please see our website https://www.whitsandharmony.com/

[Posted 29 July 2019]


Magna Carta Chorus - Vacancy for a Musical Director We are an acapella male chorus based in Hampton, Middlesex currently consisting of 15 singers and an on-going recruitment programme for more members. We sing in the barbershop style of 4-part harmony and have a varied repertoire.  We now have a vacancy for a new Musical Director (male or female) to progress the chorus. The position requires someone with a firm understanding of harmony singing and an enthusiastic approach.  We rehearse each Thursday at the White House Community Centre in Hampton TW12 3RN between 7.30pm -10pm.  Apart from rehearsals attendance at our sing out performances would also be required.  These vary between 7 - 10 during the year and are mostly within 10 miles of Hampton and occasionally a little further out. It is a paid position. If you would like to discuss and find out more please contact: Richard Hudspith (Chairman) richard_hudspith@hotmail.com or Telephone 07305541370

[Posted 12 July 2019]


Toccata Ladies Choir is looking for a new Musical Director. We are an award winning ladies choir based in Livingston, West Lothian. The choir consists of over 50 members of all ages and musical abilities, brought together by their love and passion for singing and performing.
We perform our annual concert over two nights in Howden Park Centre, Livingston.  We also perform at various smaller concerts throughout our choir year as well as taking part in any choral festivals or competitions that we can (having previously won the Glasgow Orpheus Trophy on two occasions).
We sing a wide variety of choral music, from classical to popular; religious to secular; straightforward to very challenging. Rehearsals are held every Tuesday evening during school term time in Livingston United Parish Church from 7.30 to 9.30pm.

We are seeking a new energetic and inspiring Musical Director who will be an accomplished choral conductor with a wide knowledge of repertoire, and someone who will share our ambition to further develop our singing and performance skills.   Our current MD will be stepping down in May 2020 therefore the position will be available from August 2020 however, we would like to invite the new MD to work alongside our current MD for a period during the 2019 term. We also would warmly welcome anyone interested in applying to come and listen in on a Tuesday night when we start the new session in August 2019.

Further information about Toccata can be found on our website:  http://www.toccataladieschoir.co.uk under the heading “about us” or by emailing Nicola Starkey (President) -  nikis21@btinternet.com

[Posted 27 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]


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]


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]


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]


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 ]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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

 

 
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

 
The Dunsford Singers are seeking an Accompanist. We are a really friendly, enthusiastic, 40-50 strong SATB choir, serving the whole Teign Valley community. Our MD is the wonderful Tim Pithers, a dynamic, experienced, good-humoured and utterly professional conductor. Ideally, we're looking for mature, experienced choral accompanist with a professional approach, who can work closely with Tim to challenge and bring out the best in us. There's always the opportunity to play for our concerts, too. We meet on Monday evenings, 7.30pm -9.00pm in Dunsford, which is about 6 miles south of Exeter. We sing a wide range of classical and modern music, with concerts in June and December. Next term's music includes famous Opera Choruses, a few G and S choruses, Phantom of the Opera Medley and Bohemian Rhapsody. Start date 20 January 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. Current rates of pay: £45 per rehearsal session and £110 on concert days. www.dunsfordsingers.co.uk Please feel free to contact janmiddleton29@gmail.com( Chairman) 01647 252368 trpithers@googlemail.com( MD )for any further information/discussion.

[Posted 2 November 2019]


Piano Accompanist required for the Avon and Somerset Constabulary Male Voice Choir. The choir has around 60 choristers who rely on a professional team of a Music Director, an accompanist and a deputy accompanist for their rehearsals and concerts.  Rehearsals take place on most Monday evenings at Portishead police headquarters.  There are about 18 concerts each year and these take place across the Avon and Somerset area. The new accompanist would ideally be able to start early in 2020 and we would prefer someone with previous experience of accompanying male voice choirs and typical TTBB music.
The accompanist would be expected to deputise for the M.D. in some circumstances and such previous experience would be advantageous. Our web site can be seen at www.policechoir.co.uk.  For further information or to declare an interest in this post, please send an email to:honsec@policechoir.co.uk

[Posted 2 November 2019]


Fakenham Choral Society in North Norfolk is seeking a rehearsal accompanist from March 2020. We are an adult choir of over 90 members founded in 1973. Our varied repertoire includes major choral works and other sacred and secular music across genres and centuries. We perform three concerts per year with professional soloists and orchestra. Rehearsals take place in Fakenham on Tuesday evenings from September to June. Applicants should have relevant experience and be able to work closely with our musical director, Mark Jones, to support the choir through the learning process. In addition, the role includes leading occasional sectional rehearsals from the piano and taking part in performances when needed. The closing date for applications is 31st December 2019. For further information, or to submit an application (with CV), please email Tracey Thompson  fakenhamchoralsec@gmail.com or phone 01362 668938. More details about the choir can be found at www.fakenhamchoralsociety.org 

[Posted 23 October 2019 - Closing date 31 December 2019]


Cirencester Male Voice Choir Are Looking For A New Accompanist to start in January 2020 or earlier, if possible. The successful candidate will work closely with our Musical Director, Jules Addison, and may also be required to take sectional rehearsals from time to time as well as stepping in to run rehearsals if required. The choir meets weekly to rehearse every Monday evening (7.30pm - 9.15pm) in the Parish Church of St John Baptist, Cirencester. The church has a new and very well maintained Yamaha Concert Grand Piano which is used for rehearsals. Cirencester MVC is currently celebrating its 10th Anniversary and has a busy programme of concerts and events already planned for 2020. These include concerts at the Parish Church in Cirencester & venues in Gloucestershire / Wiltshire as well as a tour to Nottingham in June 2020. The choir aims to put on 4 main concerts a year plus approx half a dozen less formal events at different venues around Cirencester and the locality.

The successful candidate should play the piano to at least Grade 8 standard or equivalent. Previous experience as a choir accompanist would be a significant advantage. This is a paid position (on a self employed basis).
In the first instance please apply with details of your experience to the secretary of CMVC at secretary@cirencestermvc.co.uk 

[Posted 14 October 2019]


The Macclesfield Oriana Choir, a mixed voice choir of approximately 60 members is seeking to appoint a new accompanist. The Choir’s repertoire ranges from major sacred works to smaller secular pieces. It performs three public concerts per year and rehearsals are held in Macclesfield from 8pm to 9.30pm each Friday evening from September to June during term time, with short breaks at Christmas and Easter The key responsibilities of the accompanist are to:-
  • Provide piano accompaniment at all rehearsals under the direction of the Conductor
  • Accompany the Choir at concerts
If you are interested in this position further information can be obtained from:- Anthea Wilkinson – Chair (anthea.wilkinson2@btopenworld.com) or Keith Yearsley – Musical Director (yearsley4@virginmedia.com)

Wareham Choral Society is looking to appoint an accompanist to succeed our current accompanist John Radford, who is leaving to take up another appointment. The successful candidate will work closely with our Music Director Hazel Ricketts. WCS is a progressive SATB choir of approximately 40 singers.  During the past 5 years we have expanded our annual programme of Christmas and Spring concerts  in Lady St Mary Church, Wareham, to include a summer concert of secular music in exciting new venues in Purbeck, including the Barn in Tyneham Village and the Etches museum at Kimmeridge. WCS, formed 70 years ago, is the only choral society serving the community of Wareham.  The choir has a strong identity within the town but also attracts members from the wider community and further afield.  The choir season runs from September until the date of the summer concert in July. We rehearse on Monday nights from 7:30pm till 9:30pm in Wareham. Currently we have the following dates booked: - Christmas Concert  on Dec 7th 2019. The remuneration for this post is to be negotiated, depending on experience. To apply, email your CV to warehamchoral@gmail.com.

[Posted 2 August 2019]


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]


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]]


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]


 
Accompanists/Pianists/Organists - Jobs Wanted
 

Jason Hawkins ALCM LRSM MusB(Hons) PGCE is a full time Pianist, Organist and Musical Director that has recently relocated to Yorkshire and has worked for the UK’s leading arts organisations including The Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Singers, The Armonico Consort, The Exon Singers and The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). As a Pianist and Organist, Jason’s performances have been broadcast on ITV, Irish TV, BBC TV and on BBC Radio. Jason has performed extensively throughout the UK and Europe. This has included performances at major venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, The Bridgewater Hall, Symphony Hall Birmingham, The Sage Gateshead, Mechalan Cathedral, The American Cathedral (Paris) and Disneyland (Paris). 

Initially, Jason studied with support from a scholarship at Chetham's School of Music receiving the Michael Abraham Piano Prize for Piano Sightreading and continued his musical studies at the Royal Northern College of Music. During this time Jason also became a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM). Following the RNCM, Jason graduated from The University of Manchester in 2014 with a first-class honours degree in Music, specialising in Piano and Composition.

Jason is actively looking for Choirs and Choral Societies to Musically Direct and Accompany within Yorkshire or further afield. Rehearsals are importantly enjoyable (and with buckets of humour!) but attain high musical standards. Recently, Jason was appointed the Musical Director for Morley Music Society with a recent performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah in South Leeds. For more information visit www.jasonhawkinsmusic.com, email jasonhawkinsmusic@gmail.com or phone 07776325725.


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
 

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]


Tredici Chamber Choir (Est. 2004) has vacancies for 3 Sopranos to join this friendly and experienced group based in central London. We rehearse every Monday lunchtime for just one hour at St Giles in the Fields and perform mainly a capella repertoire to a high standard. Each Spring we sing with orchestra, at St James's Piccadilly, and next April we will perform Brahms' Requiem arranged for chamber ensemble by Joachim Linckelmann.  Please contact Musical Director, Richard Thomas, at rhetredici@gmail.com   More details at: TrediciChoir.org  

[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]


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 - 9:30 pm. We sing a varied repertoire of old to modern music (Brueckner, Durufle, Whitacre, Gjeilo). Our next concert will be Mozart Requiem by Candlelight in Sept 2019 which will be very exciting for a small choir.  Please contact Sara Davies saradavies631@btinternet.com or info@mosaicchamberchoir.org.uk  Information about our choir:  www.mosaicchamberchoir.org.uk

[Posted 6 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]