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Principal Conductor/Music Director Wanted

The People’s Orchestra (TPO), based in the Birmingham and Black Country area, seeks the services of a charismatic Principal Conductor and Music Director who can lead this talented amateur group in performing music befitting this film orchestra. The orchestra plays a wide variety of film, TV and show music as well as light popular tunes.

Duties of the Music Director will include but are not limited to:

~Preparing the orchestra, conducting necessary rehearsals, and leading the band in concerts throughout the year;
~Working with the charities Managing Director and Choral Director in planning programs; selecting music, and selecting guest artists and/or conductors;
~Attending auditions, if held, and working directly with the Managing Director, orchestra manager and other appropriate personnel in recruiting and retaining talented musicians for the orchestra;
~With the Managing Director, staff, volunteers and orchestra manager to set up and conduct a training orchestra;
~Promoting the best interests of the band in public and civic activities, including public relations and fund-raising activities;

Skills and Background Needed:

~Experience in programming orchestral concerts, with specific knowledge of the broad range of orchestra repertoire;
~Leadership skills to effectively engage musicians in a positive environment during rehearsals and performances;
~Stage presence and skills to effectively engage audiences during performances;
~Public relations or marketing experience is desirable, but not essential.

Additional Details and Requirements:

TPO rehearses on weekly on Sundays in Birmingham and performs its concert series locally performing 4-8 concerts per year.
A stipend is provided in exchange for conducting and administrative duties.

The live performances enable and support our considered programme of training, mentoring and practical support for those who are long term unemployed, NEET or recovering from periods of mental ill-health to engage with their community and receive the specialist support needed to become active members of society.

How to Apply:

Interested parties should submit a CV, a letter of interest, sample concert program, two references, and brief rehearsal/performance video. Videos should be no more than 8 minutes in length and may be in the form of a DVD, a video file, or a link to a publicly posted video sample.

Review of applications will begin 1st July 2019. Applications will be accepted until 3rd September 2019. Short listed candidates will be invited for an interview and may be invited to lead the orchestra during a rehearsal season.

Please submit application materials to:
Sarah Marshall
Founder, The People’s Orchestra
Town Hall
Lodge Road
West Bromwich
B70 8AY

Materials may also be submitted via email at:

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