Association Of British Choral Directors

Accompanist and Assistant Conductor


Organisation: Chipping Norton and District Choral Society

Chipping Norton Choral Society is seeking an outstanding rehearsal accompanist and assistant conductor . The post is available from November 2018 and earlier if possible and interested candidates will be asked to work with us at a rehearsal during September or October.
CNCS is in its 70th year and is one of the most adventurous and dynamic choral societies in the Cotswold region - trained and conducted by Peter Hunt for twenty years. Anyone is welcome and there are no auditions - the choir’s strongest belief is that everyone can sing and should be given the opportunity. The choir meets every Wednesday during term time from 19.30-21.30 at Chipping Norton School.

What will the new Assistant Conductor gain with CNCS? 
  • The opportunity to work with the largest and best non-auditioned choral society in the region
  • To contribute to achieving its high standards and shaping its future
  • To work with Peter Hunt - one of the country's most experienced amateur choir trainers 
  • To play a much valued role in preparing exciting and ambitious programmes
  • Opportunities to work with some of the country's best instrumentalists and singers
The Accompanist and Assistant Conductor role is vital and important, and we will welcome the post holder as a full member of our team.
The Role:
  • To accompany weekly, mostly term-time rehearsals - with occasional extra days to prepare for three concerts per year plus the C N Music Festival
  • To take sectional rehearsals as required
  • To deputise for Conductor at full rehearsals as required and by prior arrangement
  • To contribute to planning and choir development through discussion with conductor and committee 
  • To perform in concerts if required (e.g. Continuo, piano). Separate fee available. 
  • Annual Fee: £1900
The Person:
  • Outstanding pianist
  • Excellent rehearsal accompanying skills, alert to requirements of the conductor and choir
  • Confident with vocal leadership and helping singers to learn and become musical
  • Clear and effective conductor
  • Open-minded and enthusiastic believing everyone has potential to sing well
  • Sense of humour
  • Organist
  • Experience as a singer, able to help choir members develop sound skills
  • Some experience of choral training
  • Confident to conduct the choir in concerts if required
If you are interested, please send a CV to Peter Hunt, at Our shortlisted 2-3 candidates will be invited to join us for a rehearsal in September or October.
Closing date 31 August 2018

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