Symphony Orchestra Conductor RCM Junior Department

Closing date: 12 noon on Monday 6 July 2015

Interview date: Interviews/auditions will be held on 17 October/14 November 2015

Salary: Hourly paid

The Royal College of Music Junior Department (RCMJD) is a specialist, term-time only, Saturday school offering advanced training to musicians between the ages of 8 and 18. Students combine studying at RCMJD with their general education at their chosen week-day school. Students come together at the RCM in London each Saturday for a tailor-made programme of individual instrument/voice/composition lessons, chamber music, orchestral and choral training, and general musicianship. Our staff are professional performers/composers as well as teachers and offer the highest standards of tuition and coaching.

The RCMJD is seeking to engage a highly experienced, inspirational and dynamic conductor to lead their most senior and highly acclaimed Symphony Orchestra, following the departure of Richard Dickins after many years of distinguished work with the orchestra.

The RCMJD Symphony Orchestra is one of five orchestras in the RCMJD and represents some of the finest young musical talent in the country. With over 70 members it performs termly at the RCM and at prestigious external venues including Cadogan Hall and St John’s Smith Square. The age range of students in the orchestra is 15 – 18 years, and many members of the orchestra are current members or section leaders of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, including the current leader. The Orchestra studies a wide and demanding repertoire and often works with distinguished soloists, including Michael Collins. Vladimir Ashkenazy led an open rehearsal with the orchestra in 2015, and the last three winners of the BBC Young Musician of the Year have been RCMJD students, performing concertos accompanied by the orchestra.

The orchestra currently rehearses for approximately 30 Saturdays a year (during term time) from 12.30pm–2.30pm. The Orchestra performs three times a year at the end of each term. Our forthcoming concert will include Strauss’ Tod und Verklärung.

The successful applicant will be supported by a team of eight highly experienced orchestral tutors who are all active professional musicians. Tutors attend 6/10 rehearsals per term, with two senior tutors available for all rehearsals.

We are looking for candidates with the following attributes:

  • You should be a widely recognised and highly respected practitioner
  • You will have relevant teaching/directing experience at an exceptionally high level of technical and musical proficiency, of gifted and talented students aged between 8 and 18
  • You should understand the particular demands of the music profession whilst striving to help each student reach the fullness of their own potential
  • You will be able to demonstrate high professional and ethical standards working in a musical educational environment
  • You will be able to demonstrate that you can work under your own initiative within an organisational team structure

The successful applicant will need to make a regular commitment to the RCMJD on Saturdays during term-time, and will be expected to attend on at least seven Saturdays per term (the remainder of the rehearsals will be used as sectionals if necessary).

To apply please send a covering letter, a DVD and full CV along with our Equal Opportunities Monitoring form to Zamzam Ismail, Senior HR Advisor, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BS or by e-mail to:

In your covering letter, please confirm that you are eligible to work in the UK and hold an appropriate work permit where relevant, as without this information we are unable to process your application.

With some roles at the Royal College of Music, second interviews may take place.

The Royal College of Music is an equal opportunities employer.

Further Particulars


Equal Opportunities Form

Completed forms should be returned by post or email to Zamzam Ismail, Senior HR Advisor:

Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BS

0207 591 4784

If you are applying by email, please state clearly in the subject line the title of the post for which you are applying. If you are submitting your application by post, please enclose two copies of your completed form.

The Royal College of Music is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

If you need to receive this documentation in a different format due to a disability, please contact Zamzam Ismail to discuss your requirements.

All applicants must be permitted to work in the UK and hold a relevant work permit where necessary.

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