Association Of British Choral Directors

Musical Director and Conductor

London & South East

Organisation: Sheen Gate Choir

Sheen Gate Choir has been established for nearly 10 years. It is non-auditioned SATB amateur choir which meets weekly on an academic year term basis working towards one major concert featuring a major choral work each year and other projects during the year. Current active membership is around 40 singers. Choir finance, administration and communication is carried out by a small committee. The musical director is supported in rehearsal by a professional pianist accompanist. The current musical director is leaving due to other long-term commitments.
We rehearse weekly on Tuesday nights, 8-9.30pm in either a local school or in Christchurch, East Sheen.  We try to perform a major work every year, as well as other smaller concerts throughout the year and involvement in local charity events.  We have an ambitious approach to repertoire and a commitment to develop our members in musical skill and sensitivity.  When funds allow, our Summer concert involves accompaniment with a small chamber ensemble or orchestra and a mix of professional soloists and voices from within the choir.  Otherwise, our concerts are accompanied from the piano.
 
Recent large-scale works have included Brahms “Ein Deutsches Requiem”, “Schubert Mass No 6”. Historic repertoire includes Faure, Mozart, Brahms, Saint Saens Requiems, Schubert and Chilcott Masses, and a variety of shorter works around the Church canon and traditional, folk and opera choruses. The choir is currently working towards a June concert centred on Puccini Messa Di Gloria and opera excerpts to be performed with a small supporting orchestra. Our smaller concerts take a variety of forms and have included a charity Christmas concert of traditional and international carols; “Dreamscapes - a programme of choral music and poetry readings on the theme of dreams”; and “Kyrie - an exploration of Kyries from renaissance to modern jazz”.  in 2017, a smaller group from the choir took part in choral workshops and performance of the “Schubert Mass No 6” in Stephansdom, Vienna.  We are currently exploring opportunities for our next tour. 
The successful applicant will demonstrate 
Necessary
  • A high aptitude for choral conducting
  • Substantial knowledge of the choral repertoire, including classical (sacred and secular), folk, contemporary, jazz and popular styles
  • A high level of organisation including communication and forward planning
  • Ability to teach singing to those without prior experience within the context of the weekly rehearsal
  • Ability to work as part of a team alongside a pianist and committee in rehearsal and preparation of yearly programs of study (committee meetings 3 – 4 times a year)
  • An imaginative approach to programming high-quality, saleable concerts
  • A friendly, calm, personal approach, with an ability to have fun, whilst being committed to inspiring a commitment to sincere and polished musicianship in others
  • A commitment to the choir’s sustainability as a valuable local community resource
  • Ambition to prepare high quality performances at least twice a year
  • Ability to fix instrumentalists for small-scale chamber and orchestral concerts at least once every 2-3 years.
Desirable
  • Vision for developing the choir through occasional workshops
  • Proven ability in arranging large-scale works for smaller ensembles
  • Commitment to prepare and participate in one international tour every two years
  • A vision for expanding the choir’s partnerships with other community music and art groups
  • Vision to establish long-term financial stability of the choir
Successful applicants will be shortlisted for invitation to an interview with sub-committee and a trial rehearsal with the choir.
 
To apply, please submit a CV with covering letter to Lesley Morley, chair of the committee at lesley.morley1@gmail.com.  Please also feel free to contact Lesley for more information.

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