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Information for people who are interested in being our Musical Director

This vacancy arises as our Musical Director was obliged to return to New Zealand in the light of the serious situation with regard to COVID-19 - No Income!!
Clearly in these uncertain times it is going to be well nigh impossible to arrange auditions until at least the autumn, but we would like to hear from people who are interested and get the process underway.


We are seeking an inspirational, enthusiastic and energetic Musical Director who can establish a good rapport with the Choir. A clear sense of direction is essential, as are high standards and an ear for detail.  
The main purposes of the post are:
  1. To conduct rehearsals and performances of Yeovil Chamber Choir so as to instruct and inspire everyone involved to achieve excellence in performance.  The person appointed will be expected to attend all rehearsals.  Please note that this choir does not have a regular rehearsal accompanist.
  2. To participate ex-officio in Choir committee meetings, especially to advise on strategic and development issues for the Choir and to agree with the Committee the programme of future study/concerts.
  3. To carry out voice assessments of prospective new and existing Choir members and those wishing to return after absence.
  4. To appoint soloists and instrumentalists (when required) for concerts, by agreement with the committee and within budget.
Through their application, applicants should demonstrate:  
  1. Appropriate musical education and qualifications (including good keyboard skills).
  2. Previous experience of developing and conducting choirs to a high standard, with effective time management.
  3. Ability to motivate and inspire the Choir to achieve excellent results.
  4. Willingness to prepare through regular rehearsal, and bring to performance, a wide range of suitable music.
  5. Commitment to, and enthusiasm for, amateur music.
We would expect you to:

  • Be able to command the attention of, and inspire enthusiasm in, a small choir.
  • Have a sense of humour.
  • Be willing to challenge us to raise our standards.
  • Have good ideas about developing the musical range and experience of the choir.
  • Be able to work co-operatively with the choir and its committee.
  • Bring constructive ideas for expanding the membership.


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Applications should be made by application form; you may include your CV and a covering letter.  Please make sure that referees are available to contact.  Please state the level of remuneration you would require.

Applications should be sent by Monday 31 August 2020 to the Choir’s Secretary, Elizabeth Gowers, via email to
yeovilchamberchoir ~ @ ~

For an informal discussion or any queries, please telephone Vee Cockerell, Chairman (01935 882 604) or Elizabeth Gowers, Secretary (01935 425 383).



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