Association Of British Choral Directors

Musical Director & Conductor

South West

Organisation: Cheltenham Choral Society

Cheltenham Choral Society (CCS) has recently celebrated its 80th Anniversary. We are seeking an accomplished and established Musical Director to direct and train the choir from September 2019. The role offers the opportunity to prepare the choir for an exciting repertoire of concerts and to work with the CCS committee to develop the future direction of the Society.

CCS is a non-audition choir of around 55 members performing public concerts to a high standard. The concert programme is drawn mainly from both the classical and modern choral repertoire. Rehearsals are accompanied by piano, whilst performances are often supported by chamber orchestra or organ.

We rehearse on Wednesdays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at Bethesda Methodist Church, Great Norwood Street,Cheltenham GL50 2AP, for around 36 weeks each year, broadly in line with the academic terms; we meet in half-term weeks. We typically perform three or four public concerts a year including a Christmas carol concert, in venues around Cheltenham, along with visits to a Cathedral for lunch time recitals and other occasional events.

You will be a professional musician, with appropriate qualifications, and experience of conducting a mixed voice choir and an orchestra. Strong interpersonal skills, flexibility and enthusiasm are required, as is the skill to motivate and develop amateur singers of mixed ability.

Remuneration and fees are commensurate with experience and expertise, and guided by recommendations made by Making Music and the musicians' unions.

Further information and full details of the application process are available on our website, or by contacting our Chair, Sue Hartland at

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