Musical Director

Please note: We are no longer accepting applications for this position. This page was archieved on Wednesday 5th June 2019, but remains online for reference.

The New Tyneside Orchestra is seeking a Musical Director from January 1st 2020 to take over from Monica Buckland, who is moving to Australia.

The New Tyneside Orchestra, founded in 1970, is an all-age, high-ability amateur orchestra, open to anyone who enjoys making music and has achieved at least Grade 8 standard on their instrument. We currently have about 60 members who meet on Monday evenings from 19:30 to 21:30 in Chillingham Road Sports and Arts Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne, for about 33 weeks of the year (primarily during the three school term times).

The orchestra performs three major concerts a year at prestigious venues around Newcastle. Past performances have included the Rite of Spring, an entire programme inspired by Dr Martin Luther King Jr, Mahler's 1st Symphony and other symphonic favourites such as Scheherazade and Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances. We enjoy developing our repertoire and seek a Musical Director with the ability to deliver exciting and enjoyable rehearsals to a high musical standard and who is able to inspire confidence in players with varied musical skill and experience. The Musical Director will work closely with the orchestra's committee and will be jointly responsible for programming. The post will be remunerated at £2,250 per annum.

Musical Director - Person Specification

Skill and abilities:

  • Accomplished musician.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Well organised.
  • Motivational and inspirational.
  • Able to deliver exciting and enjoyable rehearsals to a high musical standard.

 Experience of:

  • Orchestral music.
  • Orchestral conducting.
  • Working with a volunteer committee.
  • Planning orchestral programmes.
  • Working with amateur players with a range of musical skills and experiences.

Application Process

Following receipt of applications, a shortlist of candidates has been drawn up by the orchestra Committee. Shortlisted candidates have been interviewed and 3 candidates selected for auditions.

The auditions are taking place on the evenings of June 24th, July 1st and July 8th 2019. Each candidate auditioned will take two half-rehearsals with the orchestra, conducting works or excerpts chosen by the Committee. The half-rehearsals will be on separate weeks, each candidate taking one from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and one from 8:45-9:45 p.m. The orchestra will be asked for feedback on these rehearsals which will be used to inform the committee decision.

The committee will inform candidates of the outcome of the auditions by the end of July at the latest. The successful candidate will be offered a probationary term and concert from January – March 2020, after which they will be appointed permanently if appropriate.

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Fancy a tryout?

Do you play the Viola, Percussion, or Trumpet? NTO is looking for good (Grade 8 standard) players.

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