This well-established amateur orchestra is seeking a new conductor from September 2018
We are a friendly group of musicians who enjoy making music together. That is our primary purpose, but we also like to share our music making with others and do so through up to four concerts a year. We meet on a Sunday afternoon, roughly fortnightly during term time, in Yarnfield near Stone in Staffordshire and give concerts around Staffordshire (usually in churches).
We are now looking for a new conductor to join us, someone who has:
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Information for Prospective Conductors
Who are we?
We are a friendly group of musicians who enjoy making music together. That is our primary purpose, but we also like to share our music making with others and do so through up to four concerts a year. We meet on a Sunday afternoon, roughly fortnightly during term time, in Yarnfield near Stone and give concerts around Staffordshire (usually in churches).
We don’t have a very formal structure with designated roles such as Publicity/Marketing, Orchestral manager etc. Concerts are often held at venues where a member has an existing association and undertakes to make the on-the-ground arrangements for a concert there. Most concerts are on the basis of a profit share with the venue, though on occasions we do have to pay a hire fee. A number of members have performed as soloists with the orchestra; other soloists have been local young people who have been given the opportunity to play with an orchestra, often for the first time. On some very rare occasions, we have paid a more experienced professional soloist (for example in recent performances of Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto). We have also been known to work with choirs in performing works such as a Haydn Mass, or requiems by Mozart and Duruflé.
At full strength, there are around 30 of us, but numbers vary according to programme and venue size. We have played a wide range of music from Baroque, through standard Classical repertoire to 20th century composers including Poulenc, Stravinsky and Finzi. We have occasionally brought in reinforcements in the string sections and undertaken ‘bigger’ works such as Brahms’ 2nd Symphony, Beethoven 7 and Vaughan Williams’ Tallis Fantasia. Where a venue is particularly small, we may play pieces for wind or strings only.
We are now looking for a new conductor to join us, someone who will
So, what should you have?
The post does not come with a large salary! We may be able to pay a small annual fee, or contribute towards travel expenses for rehearsals and concerts.
Application and Appointment Process
Please submit your CV, including the names and contact details of two referees (one musical, one personal) and a covering statement of why you think you would be a good choice for us, to:
email@example.com by 22nd March 2018.
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by 7th April and will be invited to an audition and interview, which will be held on a Sunday afternoon in late April/May. The audition will be 1 hour and each candidate will be asked to conduct the orchestra in two pieces which will be notified in advance (scores will be provided). This will be followed by an interview with a small group of orchestra members.
Audition/interview dates will be:
Sunday 29 April (2pm-5.30pm)
Sunday 13 May (2pm-5.30pm)
To be held in Yarnfield Village Hall, near Stone, Staffordshire.
Please indicate in your application on which of these date(s) you could be available if you are shortlisted.
Closing date for applications is 22nd March 2018.