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Musical Director of Camberley Youth Wind Orchestra Senior and Intermediate Section

£3,057.36 per year (inclusive of holiday pay)

Are you passionate about young people playing and creating music together? Do you want to work with a well-established Wind Band in Surrey? Would you enjoy being part of an organisation with like-minded musicians and teachers who put students and inclusive practice first? Surrey Arts is the lead youth music organisation in Surrey, and we provide music lessons, instrument hire, out of school music centres, activities, and ensembles for young people.

Surrey Arts (Surrey County Council)
Cordwalles Junior School, Berkshire Road, Camberley GU15 4DR
Contract Type
Part-Time Permanent
Closing Date
27th November 2023 at 23:59

Pay: The hourly salary for this role is £33.69 inclusive of 15.5% Holiday Pay. This equates to an annual salary of £3,057.36 per annum for working 2.75 hours per week term time only (90.75 hours per year).

About the Role 

This is an exciting opportunity for two inspirational Musical Directors to join our talented team of experienced and committed teaching staff. Camberley Youth Wind Orchestra is a well-established wind band with a 40-year history, supported by a large and dedicated team of Surrey Arts staff and volunteers. CYWO is split between 3 bands – Junior, Intermediate and Senior. The Junior band are beginners to Grade 2 level, the Intermediates are Grade 2 – Grade 5 level and the Seniors are Grade 5+. All 3 sections of the orchestra take part in concerts throughout the year in local venues including playouts in the summer term. The Senior Section of the orchestra traditionally embark on a European tour in alternate years.

As a Musical Director, you will primarily be involved with leading and conducting inspirational musical activities with children and young people. As the creative lead for the ensemble, you will work closely with a diverse team of music tutors. Responsible for organising rehearsal and concert schedules, you will ensure the voices of your team and all participants are valued and embedded into decision making.

You will be responsible for preparing and teaching an exciting, diverse and appropriate repertoire, and sharing this with audiences at a range of performances. You will also work closely with the North Area and Deputy Area Managers who oversee the out-of-school provision, to ensure the smooth and inspirational running of the ensembles. There is also the opportunity to build a teaching portfolio with Surrey Arts within the Surrey Heath area.

You will join a team dedicated to ”changing lives through world class arts”. Surrey Arts is an ambitious and forward-thinking organisation that places young people at the centre of our work. We are committed to developing Surrey Arts as a genuinely inclusive organisation, and one that meets the needs of the whole diverse community of Surrey.

Work hours, location and contract 

Camberley Youth Wind Orchestra rehearses for 33 weeks each academic year during term time, on Saturday mornings from 9.30am-12pm. The orchestra is situated at Cordwalles Junior School in Camberley, Surrey GU15 4DR.

The orchestra performs at a range of public venues throughout the year. In addition to the 33 teaching weeks, an additional 4 sessions are paid for the concerts (2 sessions per concert day for both the rehearsal and concert). 37 sessions (each session is 2.5hrs) in total are paid for each academic year.

As Musical Director, you will also be paid for an additional 25% of your weekly session time for planning and preparation.

This role will be offered as a permanent contract.

About You 

We are looking for a creative, innovative and experienced Musical Director with a passion for sharing the power of music with children and young people. You will be equally passionate about sharing your knowledge and skills as you would be to reflect, listen and develop your own practice.

To be considered for interview, your personal statement will clearly evidence:

  • Specialist music knowledge and experience related to the role and performing or creating music to a high standard
  • An outline of your conducting experience and choice of repertoire when working with similar ensembles
  • Experience of working with children and young people in school, youth, or community settings in the UK
  • Experience of building strong relationships with students, parents, schools, and colleagues
  • Willingness to build a teaching portfolio in the local area, in addition to the role
  • Strong IT, administration and organisational skills with ability to meet set targets
  • Willingness and ability to travel around the county to meet the demands of the role

You will benefit from a generous local government salary related pension, My Staff Shop discounts, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment 

Surrey County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. A guaranteed interview will be offered to all disabled applications where:

  • The candidate has evidenced the minimum criteria for the role through their application
  • The candidate has chosen to share that they have a disability on the application form

Our application form and onboarding process will provide an opportunity to request any reasonable adjustments for the interview and/or the role.

We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups.

How to Apply

For an informal discussion, please contact Samantha Hadingham on 07890 894915 or by email at

We look forward to receiving your application.

Interviews will take place on Saturday 2nd December at Cordwalles Junior School, Camberley. Interviewees will be asked to take a brief rehearsal with the Intermediate Band and the music will be provided in advance.

Closing Date:
27th November 2023 at 23:59
2nd December 2023

This vacancy has closed!

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