We're looking for a new conductor

Lambeth Wind Orchestra is seeking a new Conductor / Musical Director, starting September 2022

About us

We are a lively, friendly and inclusive community concert band with 35-40 members, rehearsing on Thursday evenings 7.30-9.30pm in Herne Hill.

Established in 2008, we are distinguished by the diversity of our repertoire and our sense of the band as a community. The minimum standard required of players is Grade 6, though most members are at a considerably higher level and we do like to be stretched!

 

Our repertoire covers light music, contemporary and traditional wind band music, pop, musical theatre, and arrangements of classical works.  Recent programmes have focused on jazz, on women composers and on dance music, and we are currently preparing a programme of Latin American music.

We present at least two formal concerts each year, in the Spring and Autumn, but our busiest time is over the summer, since we are particularly renowned for our lively and engaging outdoor performances. We also present an informal Christmas concert and busk for charity at least once a year. Fundraising and outreach into the community are important to us.

We are a registered charity with a dedicated committee, most of whom are trustees of the charity.

Duties of the post

Your responsibilities will include:

  • planning and conducting rehearsals

  • conducting and presenting at concerts

  • recommending repertoire

  • attending 4-5 committee meetings per annum if requested

Contractual arrangements

The Musical Director will be engaged on a self-employed basis and will therefore be responsible for their own income tax and National Insurance contributions. We will pay up to £80 per two hour rehearsal, depending on experience and qualifications, plus concert fees.

Essential criteria

You will be:

  • personable and a good communicator

  • able to create a happy environment in rehearsals

  • both supportive and demanding in leading our music making

  • an excellent musician

  • enthusiastic about community music making

  • able to recommend and advise on repertoire

 

You will have:

  • some conducting experience (though we are prepared to consider individuals with potential)

  • the ability to play at least one woodwind or brass instrument

  • presentation skills and the ability to engage our audiences

Desirable criteria

An ability to arrange music.

How to apply and our recruitment process

Please send us a CV and covering letter explaining how you meet our criteria and why you would suit the role. Applications should be sent to lambethwindorchestra@yahoo.co.uk by 31st March 2022.

Interviews will be held in the week commencing 25th April.

Auditions will be held on 12th and 19th May 2022.

We look forward to receiving your application!