CBSO assistant conductor

Assistant Conductor


Honorarium of up to £12,000, to include at least two concerts and any required rehearsals

Application DeadlineMonday 16 May at 9:00amAuditionsFriday 10 June

Job description

The post holder will:

Receive regular mentoring from the CBSO’s Osborn Music Director, Associate Conductor, Guest Conductors, Chorus Director, Section Leaders and Senior Management TeamAct as the first point of consultation on balance issuesProvide rehearsal notes to the conductorsConduct a number of CBSO public concerts as specified by the CBSO Planning Manager. Dates already confirmed are Sunday 14 May 2017 and Wednesday 28 June 2017.Benefit from choral conducting opportunitiesLead piano rehearsals with soloists & singersConduct off-stage musicians as requiredTake sectionals and training rehearsals for CBSO Youth OrchestraBe part of CBSO recruitment process by sitting on Audition PanelsGain a 360°understanding of the management departments and practicesHelp decide acoustic door settings for Symphony Hall and acoustic banners for CBSO CentreSpeak to media representatives and act as spokesperson to promote the CBSOAttend stakeholder events and cultivate relationships with CBSO supportersUndertake any other duties as may reasonably be requested from time to time.

How to apply

Please send a cover letter and CV with links to video content of yourself conducting to Rachel Lockwood, Assistant Orchestra Manager on email or by post to CBSO Centre, Berkley Street, Birmingham B1 2LF. Please note that DVDs will not be accepted.

Your cover letter should include:
Why you would like to be given the positionYour training, teachers and performance experience to dateThe names and contact details of two refereesDetails of any constraints of your availability from August 2016 – August 2017Please provide a scan / photocopy of your passport proving your nationalityPlease complete an equal opportunities monitoring form

The audition panel will include the CBSO’s Osborn Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Associate Conductor Michael Seal, Chief Executive Stephen Maddock, Director of Concerts Zoe Poyser, Player Chair & Sub Principal Viola Michael Jenkinson and two other members of the orchestra.

Essential skills

Considerable conducting experience, and will be currently undertaking professional conducting engagements

Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and develop harmonious and positive working relationships with a diverse range of peopleStrong leadership qualities and communication skills both on and off the platformThe ability to work under pressure and cope with a wide range of repertoire in a minimum turn-around timeThe ability to understand and to speak EnglishCitizenship of the 28 countries having full membership of the European Union.


Rachel Lockwood



0121 616 6500


The CBSO is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity.


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