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The Premier Choir of Redditch


Arrow Vale Singers


Please see below for information on Musical Director post

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the long-established, popular choir

based in Redditch, Worcestershire


We meet every Wednesday 8pm-10pm

at Batchley Community Centre, Redditch B97 6PB.

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Arrow Vale Singers Musical Director post – vacancy advertisement


Arrow Vale Singers, a non-auditioned SATB community choir based in Redditch, Worcestershire are seeking to appoint a new Musical Director.


The MD will lead our 2-hour rehearsals on Wednesday evenings, conduct choir concerts and chair our music selection sub-committee. An honorarium payment of £55.00-65.00 (subject to experience) per 2-hour rehearsal and per concert is available for this post.


The ideal candidate will have previous conducting experience of SATB adult non-auditioned choirs and be enthusiastic about working with a range of musical genres.


For further information and a copy of the Role Description and Person Specification please visit our website,, or email To apply, please submit your Curriculum Vitae to the above email address (a postal address can be provided upon request, if preferred), together with a covering letter describing how you meet the requirements of the post.


Closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon, Wednesday 30th November 2016. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview with the Committee and short audition with the choir in early January 2017 (exact date to be confirmed).


About the choir:

Arrow Vale Singers are a mixed choir of around 45 singers, with ages ranging from 30s to 80s.  We meet weekly on Wednesday evenings from 8pm to 10pm in Redditch, Worcestershire. We have a good local reputation, and have recently celebrated our 40th anniversary with a highly successful celebratory concert.


We typically perform three of our own fundraising concerts a year, in the Spring, Summer and Autumn. In addition we perform concerts throughout the year by invitation from local organisations for fund-raising purposes, for after-dinner entertainment and at weddings.


Arrow Vale Singers’ broad musical repertoire covers many styles, including musical theatre, TV and film music; opera and classical choruses; spirituals, folk and traditional songs; and modern rock and pop. Under the direction of our outgoing MD, we have enjoyed performing some technically challenging pieces.


We are a happy, friendly choir, who regularly welcome new members. As well as our weekly rehearsals and concert performances we enjoy a variety of social events and occasions throughout the year.


Arrow Vale Singers Musical Director post


Role Description


Key Duties and Responsibilities:


·        Lead the performance of the choir effectively, raising the standard of the choir


o  Conduct all rehearsals and concert performances


o  Assist choir members to understand, interpret and effectively perform musical pieces


o  Encourage people to sing – both current choir members, and prospective new members, if necessary discussing the most appropriate voice section for them


o  Provide constructive feedback to the choir during rehearsal in a positive manner


·        Demonstrate and communicate high aspirations for the choir’s development


o  Encourage small group and solo performances, as well as whole-choir


o  Attend an annual review meeting with the Chairman and other committee members, to discuss progress and set development goals for the choir for the next 12 months


·        Rehearsals and Concerts:


o  Plan and prepare rehearsal content, communicating this in advance to allow choir members to focus on appropriate pieces prior to weekly rehearsal


o  Commitment to attend approximately 47 rehearsals per year


o  Commitment to lead the choir’s 3 main concerts each year (spring, summer and autumn), and other concerts as requested by external organisations (subject to MD’s availability)


o  Ability to organise a substitute MD to deputise in rehearsals in the event of holiday or sickness


·        Listen to and act as appropriate on the views of the choir, raising any queries or issues with the Choir Committee as necessary to maintain clear lines of communication


·        Chair the choir’s music selection sub-committee, providing guidance and advice to sub-committee members. The purpose of the music selection sub-committee is to:


o  Set programme for concerts


o  Bring new music to widen the choir’s repertoire and attract audiences


o  Work within the annual music purchase budget set by the main committee


o  Liaise with the main committee regarding music programme and purchase choices, as a matter of courtesy


·        Promote the choir and concerts through own networks and social media, as appropriate





Person Specification


Professional Qualities




·        Previous choral conducting experience with the ability to communicate through gestures and body language, as well as verbally


·        Excellent musical knowledge and expertise


·        Excellent technical musical abilities, including precision and attention to detail


·        Excellent knowledge of vocal technique, and ability to both communicate and demonstrate this


·        Experience of mixed voice (SATB), adult choirs, including a wide age range of singing voices


·        Ability to work with both readers and non-readers of music simultaneously


·        Knowledge and enjoyment of a wide-ranging repertoire of musical styles, such as musical theatre, classical, folk, rock/pop, traditional, and be willing to incorporate these into varied programmes for concerts and rehearsals


·        Ability to direct the choir effectively, take and maintain control with confidence and command attention in a positive manner


·        Ability to set high performance standards and positively challenge the choir to achieve them


·        Commitment and reliability regarding attendance at weekly rehearsals, and all concerts as required




·        Good network and be able to suggest substitutions in the event of holiday or sickness


·        Music degree and/or qualification in choral conducting


Personal Qualities




·        A supportive, encouraging and enthusiastic style, including a good sense of humour


·        Approachable, pleasant and able to build rapport with choir members


·        Patience when teaching new music


·        Commitment to building an effective partnership with the choir’s accompanist


·        Good communication skills, including willingness to consider suggestions and requests made by the committee and/or individual choir members and ability to give constructive feedback


·        Good organisational skills to plan in advance the content of weekly rehearsals, especially in the run-up to concerts




·        Live locally (within circa 30-45 minutes travel of Redditch, Worcestershire)








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