Our Conductor

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Musical Director to work with an experienced, committed and enthusiastic chamber choir based in the heart of the Midlands.

The Derwent Singers are an award winning and well-regarded chamber choir based in Derby who perform a varied repertoire of music to a high standard. Entry to the choir is by audition and there are currently 28 singers (approx. 6 per part). Performances are given in a variety of venues across Derbyshire and further afield. Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings in Derby, supported by an accompanist when appropriate.

Our musical tastes range from early Renaissance to 21 st century contemporary and avant-garde, sacred and secular, a capella or accompanied. Concert examples from the last five years include Byrd Mass for Five Voices, Handel Dixit Dominus, Bach Singet den Herrn & Komm Jesu Komm, Mozart Requiem, Howells Requiem, Vaughan Williams Mass in G minor and Oxford Elegy, Kodaly Laudes Organi, Walton The Twelve and Britten Gloriana Dances.

The Derwent Singers are looking to raise musical standards further, achieve a quality of sound and blend, and through that a signature style.

The successful candidate should be an enthusiastic and knowledgeable choral professional who would help develop both our singers and the groups ensemble sound, whilst collaborating to develop and deliver engaging concert programmes which build on our reputation as a fine amateur chamber choir.

Application Process/Timetable
As we wish to appoint by October 2022, the closing date for applications is 26th August 2022.

Further information is available on our website, or by telephoning the Chair, Tom Stanyard (mobile 07792469771)

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview and then take a short rehearsal with the choir.

Our preferred candidate will be invited to take up the position of Musical Director.

Candidates are invited to send a copy of their CV and covering letter outlining how their skills and experiences would enhance The Derwent Singers, to: general@derwentsingers.org.uk 

Candidates are also asked to prepare an example of a concert programme that they believe would suit The Derwent Singers, and be prepared to discuss their approach at interview.

Remuneration will reflect prevailing market rates.