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Director of Pembroke Academy of Music

Are you passionate about community and broadening horizons through excellent music making? Pembroke Academy of Music (PAM) is an open access music programme for 50 children aged seven+ comprising instrumental tuition (violin/viola/cello, flute/clarinet, trumpet/trombone and percussion), ensembles, musicianship classes and Community Choir.

Pembroke House
Walworth, Southwark, London
Contract Type
Fixed-Term Contract
Closing Date
26th February 2018

Pembroke Academy of Music provides an opportunity for 50 children aged seven and above, living in the immediate vicinity of Pembroke House, Walworth (Southwark) to have musical tuition which most of them would not otherwise be able to afford. The regular Wednesday evening programme comprises instrumental tuition in small groups, ensembles, musicianship classes and Community Choir.

PAM is an open access programme, with no lower entry requirement. Students are expected to attend regularly and engage fully with the classes. Parents are keen for children to be entered for external music exams, and a good proportion now reach Grade 3 before they move on from PAM at around the age of 12 or 13. It is a challenge helping them to prepare for the exams as most parents have not taken music exams themselves, but this makes the achievement all the more rewarding.

Instruments offered include violin/viola/cello, flute/clarinet, trumpet/trombone and percussion. We have a loyal staff team of eight tutors, and 4 volunteers, all of whom are excellent musicians. The Director is supported by an administrator for 3 hours per week, and a Resident Volunteer (living in the house attached to Pembroke House) who supports the practical aspects of the Wednesday evening sessions.

External events and performance opportunities form an important part of what PAM offers. Through a network of contacts, invitations have been received to sing at the Kings Place A Capella Festival, National Portrait Gallery, St Paul’s Cathedral and other London venues. There is an annual visit to the chapel of Pembroke College, Cambridge and we have strong relationships with the Southbank Centre and Mahogany Opera Group. Four children are currently members of the Royal Opera House Junior Chorus, performing on the main stage in this season’s production of Carmen.

We get to know whole families over a number of years as there is a very low drop-out rate once children join PAM. They sometimes arrive with very limited English, so the adults are helped with completing PAM registration forms, and the whole family is signposted to other activities at Pembroke House which may help them.

There is also a class for 5-7 year olds which meets from 4-4.45 on Wednesdays, giving local children an initial grounding in singing, musicianship and recorder. This is an opportunity for us to get to know the families of children who may well go on to join Pembroke Academy of Music, and for them to get to know us. The Junior PAM class performs an item at PAM’s regular end of term concerts, which gives the children the opportunity to see and hear the range of orchestral instruments which they will be able to learn when they are old enough to join PAM.

PAM has something to offer the whole family – our Junior PAM early years music specialist also runs a weekly music session for babies and toddlers and their carers. This is a gentle, supportive group with excellent music making.

Pembroke House was founded in 1885 to be a centre for social action in Walworth, south-east London. It continues to fulfil that role in beautifully refurbished premises, where we bring together members of the local community with one another and with people from the world beyond Walworth. We run projects ourselves and we partner with other organisations to deliver a total of 25 activities at our centre each week. In addition to Pembroke Academy of Music, activities include a Community Garden open to all but focussed on people with mental ill health; a Lunch Club for older people; a movement project for learning disabled young adults; the Royal Drawing School’s drawing club South; ESOL classes; an employment, housing and benefits advice session for Spanish speakers; and IntoUniversity’s Southwark centre.

The role would suit someone who is passionate about community and broadening horizons through excellent music making. It is offered on a part time basis of 14 hours per week for 40 weeks per year, spread out in the main over three terms.

September 2018 start

Salary: £12,960 – £15,120 (£36,000 – £42,000 FTE)


How to Apply

For more information, please read the covering letter and job description. To apply for the job, complete the application form and return it to by 9am on Monday 26 February 2018. All documents can be found on the Pembroke House website at

If you would like to visit PAM, you are invited to come to the session on Wednesday 21 February 2018 at 6.30pm. Please email in advance to confirm your attendance.

Closing Date:
26th February 2018
6th March 2018
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