Director of Music

South West

Organisation: East Cornwall Bach Choir

DIRECTOR OF MUSIC (Liskeard, Cornwall)

East Cornwall Bach Choir is looking for a new Director of Music to take over the role in January 2022.

East Cornwall Bach Choir is a friendly, auditioned choir and has currently around 45 members who have varied, but sound musical experience and knowledge. We rehearse on Wednesday evenings during school term time from 7.30pm - 9.30pm at Liskeard Methodist Church Hall. The choir has rehearsed without a pianist for the last six years. However, an ability to play the piano will be an advantage.

The choir runs a scholarship scheme for young people from the area; this supports them with their singing, for which lessons are provided as part of the scheme.

The choir usually gives three main concerts a year in various venues in South East Cornwall, as well as a Service of Nine Lessons and Carols at St. Germans Church. The choir has also, on occasions, sung Evensong at Truro and Exeter Cathedrals, and Rachmaninov Vespers at Wells Cathedral. An annual fund-raising Singing Day (for the choir and members of the public) is usually held in the Spring term. We use a professional orchestra for at least one of our concerts and usually employ professional soloists and accompanists, with an emphasis on using young talent. The choir's repertoire is wide ranging. Ideally the applicant will be familiar with the music of Bach and his contemporaries, and also have the knowledge and ability to explore new works. We are looking for a forward thinking Director of Music who will ensure the continued development of the choir. Experience of developing choirs and choral technique will be needed, as well as a capability and commitment to work with the committee to plan repertoire and concerts. The D of M is paid in line with recommended rates, which are regularly reviewed, and initially will be based on experience.

Full information about this vacancy and the choir can be found on our website at To apply please email with your CV and two references and a covering letter of application by the closing date of 27th September 2021. We hope to then invite a shortlist of candidates to direct a trial rehearsal as soon as possible. If you require further information, please call our Chair, Petra Stephenson, on 01503 262087.

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