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Musical Director

Lancashire Music Service are seeking Musical Directors for the Lancashire Schools Brass Band and Lancashire Schools Concert Band. We will consider applications for both roles and for just one of the bands. Lancashire Music Service has been established for over 60 years and delivers tuition to over 20,000 pupils per week.

Lancashire Music Service
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Closing Date
24th June 2024 at 09:00

Lancashire Music Service are seeking Musical Directors for the Lancashire Schools Brass Band and Lancashire Schools Concert Band. We will consider applications for both roles and for just one of the bands. LMS has been established for over 60 years and is the lead partner for Lancashire Music Education Hub, we deliver tuition to over 20,000 pupils per week in a variety of settings.

We aim to inspire pupils of all ages to develop a love of music making, and these ensembles are a vital stepping stone of our County Ensemble progression pathway. The ensembles will be newly formed in September, with a good number of students ready for their next step, this will form the next level of music making after our Inspire ensembles prior to our County Youth Ensembles. It is essential that students’ learning experience is a positive and enjoyable and therefore requires an outstanding and proactive Musical Director to make this come to fruition.

Key information:

  • This is a self-employed role.
  • Rehearsals are on alternate Saturdays in St Michael’s High School, Chorley.
  • There are up to 18 sessions of 6 hours delivered over the course of an academic year.
  • The rate of pay is £30 per hour.
  • There maybe some concerts outside of these rehearsals and you would receive additional pay in these instances.
  • You will receive 3 hours per week development time.

Your work will involve:

  • Planning and preparation of materials
  • Developing good relationships with schools, community groups and other stakeholders
  • Promotion of the ensemble to support recruitment of new students.
  • Leading the rehearsals and development of the band in conjunction with other county ensemble tutors
  • Creating a fun and positive learning experience for the young people involved
  • Adapting and/or writing individual parts and arrangements as needed

Required qualifications and experience:

  • Qualified Teacher Status is not required
  • Experience of conducting groups of mixed ability is essential.
  • An excellent knowledge of repertoire that is suitable for the ability of the ensemble in front of you.
  • An enthusiastic and energetic approach.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Computer literacy, including using music technology.
  • An open mind to learning new techniques and approaches.


In this role you will require a criminal background check via Disclosure and Barring Service.

Other information

Full training and induction will be given upon appointment. You will also be given an iPad on long term loan, laptop, mobile phone and any resources that you might need (including instruments and music technology equipment e.g., Ableton Push2), access to Charanga Professional to use as a resource, and ongoing CPD and support. This is a self-employed role, but most of the administration is managed by our business support team. You may also be offered 1-1 or small group teaching as well as in your role as a Musical Director

We welcome applications from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences to enrich our team. You can always contact Helen Robertson on to discuss this role further.

Interviews will take place at St Michael’s High School, Chorley, on 29th June 2024.

How to Apply

To submit an application, please send a CV and covering letter that shows your suitability for the role based on the person specification to

Closing Date:
24th June 2024 at 09:00
29th June 2024

About the Provider

Lancashire Music Service

Lancashire Music Service is part of Lancashire County Council's services and has been providing support, advice and musical opportunities for children and young people across Lancashire for over 50 years. Our approach to teaching is broad and inclusive and we aim to inspire a lifelong love of music.