Kingston Music Service is seeking two dynamic and experienced youth ensemble leaders from January 2021 to direct the wind and string groups that formerly comprised the Kingston Youth Orchestra. They both rehearse on Tuesday evenings in central Kingston. Although the strings and wind now form discrete groups there will still be opportunities for them to work together and also in collaboration with members of our intermediate percussion group.
This is a transition period for the orchestral ensembles in the borough as we seek to restructure, expand and develop our provision. We welcome applications from candidates open to new ideas and with a willingness to help shape the future. As these plans unfold there may be opportunities for the roles of the ensemble leaders to grow.
Historically, KMS ensembles have performed regularly at venues around Kingston including The Rose Theatre. Over lockdown we offered a number of online projects to our students leading to several split-screen video recordings as well as other learning outcomes. We also have a concert scheduled in the Royal Festival Hall in October 2021 (postponed from summer 2020).
The rehearsals are 1.5 hours weekly and run for 3 x 10-week terms per annum.
The hourly rate for an ensemble leader is between £28.79-£32.34 per hour based on experience – and ensemble leaders are paid for preparation time in addition to rehearsal time. Concerts and other events are paid at the same hourly rate.
Suitable candidates may also be invited to join our wider tutor workforce which provides individual, small group and class-based tuition both online and in person.
KMS tutors and ensemble leaders are salaried and receive their 30 weeks’ pay divided into 12 equal monthly instalments. Other benefits include being able to join the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.
Due to this post having access to children and/or vulnerable adults, candidates will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided.
Successful applicants will be required to undertake GDPR and safe-guarding training before commencing employment.
All applicants should:
– be over 18
– have a musical or teaching qualification to diploma level but preferably beyond
– be an experienced orchestral player – either wind or strings
– be an experienced musical director
– have worked previously in music education
An ability to create bespoke orchestral arrangements of existing musical pieces is an advantage.
The Royal Borough of Kingston prides itself on being a diverse, tolerant and welcoming Borough and we aim to create a workforce which reflects the community we serve. We are respectful of difference and realise the positive value of diversity in our workforce. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as this group are currently under-represented in our workforce. The Royal Borough of Kingston is proud to be recognised as a Disability Confident employer, and are committed to thinking differently about disability and taking action to improve how we recruit, retain and develop disabled people. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, and inclusive staff networks who help drive our diversity agenda.
How to Apply
Please send a covering letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Friday 13th November. Short-listed candidates will have an online interview and some will then proceed to audition with an ensemble – either in person or online (as COVID restrictions dictate).