Musical Director vacancy, Singing in the City
Format for interviews and auditions
History of Singing in the City
History of repertoire
Musical Director Sought by Friendly Community Choir
We are looking for a reliable and enthusiastic musical director to take over the
musical leadership of our amazing community choir.
Based in City of London, rehearsals take place 6-8pm Wednesday nights
during term time.
Singing in the City is a mixture of beginners and seasoned singers who enjoy
working in a warm, welcoming atmosphere producing an expressive,
connected and beautiful sound.
We sing arrangements from around the world a capella, without sheet music.
We are a not-for-profit organisation and are willing to pay the successful
candidate a rate of between £100 and £200 per rehearsal depending on
experience and membership numbers.
Ability to read music is essential but passion and enthusiasm are more
important to us than previous experience of choral conducting. If you
are right for us we will work around your skills.
You are welcome to visit us any Wednesday this term to see if we are right for
To find out more please
If you would like to apply, please send your CV (2 pages max) and covering
letter (1 page max) including a brief paragraph telling us how singers who
have been directed by you would describe you and your approach to
[email protected] Applicants should provide the details of two
referees with their application.
Closing date: 17 June 2015
Interviews/auditions: 24 June and 1 July 2015.
To arrange a visit to a rehearsal prior to the audition dates please contact
Carolyn our administrator at [email protected]
We welcome applicants from all backgrounds.
Job Description, Musical Director, Singing in the City
Answerable to the Singing in the City support team (5-6 members).
Be prepared to enthusiastically direct a fully inclusive group regardless
of musical ability/experience.
Source and choose the term’s songs – usually a mixture of choir
members’ recommendations and own ideas, often with a loose
underlying theme, and never too many songs from a single
genre/country/era (range of difficulty).
Teach/coach the choir with respect to chosen songs.
Arrange concert order, introductions to songs and so on.
2 hours of rehearsal each week, plus arriving early to set up and
staying afterwards to lock up.
1 or 2 meetings (maximum 2 hours each) per term.
1 informal ‘end of term’ concert per term.
Target of extra performances (or festival involvement) as opportunities
Prepare arrangements in parts ready to be uploaded to the website or
dropbox by the beginning of term.
Create Word document of lyrics for the term’s songs.
Blogging from time to time.
Join the choir’s google group and send weekly emails to members
letting them know what to expect at next week’s rehearsal.
Market the choir through own contacts and networks to increase
Contribute to the organisation of the choir in collaboration with the
support team (choosing venues, publicity material, performance
Get to know the names of all members – don’t worry we have labels!
Encourage the choir and all the members to reach their full musical
Person specification, Musical Director, Singing in the City
Skills and knowledge
Ability to record
rehearsal tracks in all
parts and ensemble.
Ability to read music.
Ability to source and/or
Experience of choral
Ability to plan and
organise rehearsals and
A passion for working in
a community choir
Capacity to welcome
and include all
Ability to provide
Sense of humour –
maintain an atmosphere
of fun in rehearsals and
Patience to work with
differing levels of ability
participate in the choir’s
email discussion group.
Musical director vacancy – Singing in the City
Format for interviews and auditions
Applicants meeting the criteria will be invited to attend a short interview
on either 24 June 2015 or 1 July 2015 – before or after our Wednesday
During this rehearsal (on the same day as the interview) candidates will
be asked to teach/coach the choir in a four-part harmony. (Candidate
to choose the song/arrangement in advance).
Singing in the City
Background, history and more information
Singing in the City set itself up as a not for profit community choir in the
summer of 2012 and has been running happily ever since.
Membership fluctuates around 25-30 people – a mix of beginners and more
experienced singers who are welcomed without audition. No sheet music is
used by choir members in rehearsals – all is learned by rote and backed up
by recordings of current repertoire.
The choir runs on a termly basis with a half term break culminating in an
informal performance to friends, family and others. We don’t charge for
concert tickets but do fundraise for a charity close to the heart of a choir
member and we bake. So far we have raised money for The Choir With No
Name, Women and Children First, the Thai Children’s Trust, a new Teenage
and Young Adult Cancer Unit at Guy’s Hospital, The Gresham Centre and
Women Weavers of the Hho Hho Valley. We have entered a number of choral
festivals – the Sangerstevne 2014, a number of performances in Southbank
festivals and a number of members will perform at the Whitby Festival this
Members pay a termly fee to cover costs of Musical Director, rehearsal venue
etc. A support team of choir members exists. Its role is to ensure the smooth
running of the choir and support its Musical Director and members.
The choir meets for rehearsals on Wednesday evenings at St Boltoph’s
without Aldersgate Church, Aldersgate St from 6-8pm. There are 3 terms a
year of 10-12 weeks, (half term break in middle) roughly coinciding with the
school academic year.
The vacancy has arisen because Singing in the City’s current Musical
Director, Charlotte Woodford, is moving abroad. Naturally, the choir is sorry to
lose someone who has played a central and pivotal role in the set up and
continuation of the choir but members are keen to continue and are
enthusiastic to recruit a new Musical Director.
Please note that if you are considering applying you would be welcome to join
us for all or part of a Wednesday evening rehearsal to gain a sense of the
choir’s standard, ethos and atmosphere. Please contact Carolyn our
administrator at [email protected] to let us know you’re coming.
See attached sheet for repertoire history.
Singing in the City – a history of our repertoire
Down By The Riverside
Take That Hammer
Freedom Is Coming
Go To Sleep You Little
Wade In The Water/Die
Don’t Worry Be Happy
Fields Of Athenry
Just For Tonight
Quand Je Bois
Boar’s Head Carol
Deck The Halls
Olay Loy Loyla
Pase El Agoa
Wash Me Clean
Bogoroditse Devo (Arvo
I’m Going Home
Sing We And Chant It
Let It Snow
Sto Mi E Milo
Sound Of Silence
Sumer Is A Cumen In
Make Me Feel Your
Ca The Yowes
Down In The River
Let It Be
Song Of Fire
Ducks and Geese
I’ll Lay Ye Doon
Olay Lay Loyla
Sloop John B
Storm Is Passing
Wade In The Water