We are currently recruiting a new Music Director for the band. If you are interested in applying, please send your CV and a covering letter to southlondonsymphonicwinds@gmail.com by 31st December 2023. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us.

Job Description: Music Director for South London Symphonic Winds

a) Prepare and lead weekly rehearsals of the Ensemble. Rehearsals take place on Thursday evenings between 7:30 and 9:30pm in the Ensemble’s rehearsal venue in Brixton/Kennington, South London. The day, time, and location are subject to change at the discretion of the Committee of the Ensemble. The Musical Director should arrive in good time for the start of the rehearsal, at least 15 minutes beforehand.

b) Lead the majority of the regular full-band performances throughout the year, primarily at weekends and during evenings. This usually consists of 2 formal concerts per year, and 6 outdoor/other

c) Prepare and propose suitable repertoire at least 3 months in advance for agreement with the Committee.  Play a key role in the content and development of the music pads, ensuring a varied repertoire to suitably challenge and engage members of the band, being mindful of the range of musical abilities within the Ensemble. 

d) Prepare set-lists in advance of performances and prepare rehearsal plans, ensuring that these are circulated to the Ensemble in advance.

e) Contribute towards the musical development of the Ensemble members during rehearsals, performances, and other community activities.

f) In consultation with the gig manager and/or the committee, liaise over the make-up of the band for each performance to ensure a good balance of instrumentalists. From time to time, it may be necessary for a deputy musician to be hired and the Musical Director is expected to be involved in that decision. 

g) As required, contribute to the planning and acceptance of performances for the Ensemble in consultation with the Chair of the Committee of the Ensemble.

h) The Committee will notify the Musical Director verbally and/or in writing by email before consulting with the band on concert dates, and will endeavour to give reasonable notice when the Musical Director’s attendance is required.

i) Support the Committee of the Ensemble in the development of extra musical activities. The Musical Director will be welcome to propose ideas for such activities to the Committee.

j) Prepare a report on the musical activities of the Ensemble for the Committee and members, to be presented at the Ensemble’s Annual General Meeting. Generally, this will be delivered verbally.

k) Be available between rehearsals and performances by phone or email if required for the organisation of Ensemble activity. Respond to communications with the Chair/Committee in a timely manner, within five working days.

l) Engage productively in a bilateral feedback process initiated at least twice a year by the ensemble Chair.

m) The Musical Director is invited to attend committee meetings where their presence is requested. The Musical Director is expected to contribute to discussions and to provide their opinion.  

Remuneration: £80 per rehearsal (negotiable)