Assistant Chorus Manager


Circa £24,000 per annum

Application Deadline
First Interviews
Second Interviews

Job description

The CBSO’s choral programme is a core element of the organisation’s strategic and artistic vision and consists of three world-class auditioned symphony Choruses. The CBSO Chorus, CBSO Youth Chorus & CBSO Children’s Chorus offer opportunities to perform with the CBSO and other internationally-acclaimed orchestras in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, as well as in other high-profile venues throughout the UK and beyond.

The CBSO celebrates it’s Centenary in 2020, and choral activity is at the heart of these celebrations. Over the next two years the CBSO Chorus will not only be a regular feature of CBSO performances in Birmingham, but will also be undertaking international engagements, recordings and performances outside of Birmingham, as we are invited to join other leading British orchestras and internationally renowned conductors away from Birmingham.

The Key Responsibilities of the CBSO Assistant Chorus Manager are to:

  • Lead the delivery and development of the CBSO choral programme, ensuring that the full programme of planned activity is delivered on time and within budget.
  • Supporting and liaising with freelance music staff, working particularly closely with the Chorus Director and Assistant Chorus Director.
  • Be the first point of contact for all contracted and freelance music staff. This will include booking (and negotiating fees where applicable) for conductors, pianists and language coaches for rehearsals and performances.
  • Lead on all communication with CBSO Chorus members, ensuring that they are kept up to date with schedules and programmes.
  • Lead on the day to day finances of the Chorus Department, working with the Director of Learning & Engagement to set and monitor budgets, ensuring that all work is delivered within budget.
  • Manage all aspects of planning and logistics for CBSO Choruses’ performances – liaising with all relevant internal and external personnel and agencies and producing seating plans.
  • Oversee the attendance and commitment records for the CBSO Chorus in accordance with the attendance policy and decide on the appropriate course of action that needs to be taken in respect of unexplained absences etc.
  • Oversee all venue and facilities booking as appropriate, and any travel arrangements required for the Chorus programme to run smoothly and efficiently.
  • Implement the recruitment strategy for the CBSO Chorus, liaising with the CBSO’s Marketing team and other organisations across the city to ensure a high level of applications.
  • Be the first point of contact for the CBSO Chorus Committee, liaising with them over Chorus matters and supporting the AGM and other governance areas as required.
  • Report on the CBSO Chorus programme work as required to funders and internally within the CBSO.
  • Undertake rehearsal and concert duty for all CBSO Choruses, including the CBSO Children’s & Youth Chorus.
  • Manage external engagements and tours – UK and International – including traveling with the Choruses.
  • Oversee the hiring or purchase of music as required for the CBSO Chorus for rehearsals and concerts. Arrange copyright permission/licensing if needed for performances and recordings.
  • Work in close collaboration with the Learning & Participation Manager, sharing staff where appropriate to deliver programmes across L&P and Chorus.
  • Work closely with the CBSO Marketing Department raising the profile of the CBSO Chorus programme (including social media outlets) and ensuring that any information relating to the CBSO Choruses is kept up to date.
  • To undertake additional duties, as and when the needs of the business requires it, at the direction of the Director of Learning & Engagement.

How to apply

Please send a CV of no more than two pages together with the names of two referees and a succinct covering letter explaining why you think you are our ideal candidate to:

Hollie Dunster, HR Manager
CBSO Centre, Berkley Street, Birmingham, B1 2LF

If you have any queries relating to the application process, please contact Hollie Dunster on 0121 616 6515.

If you would like to know more about the CBSO, or the job itself, please feel free to contact Lucy Galliard, Director of Learning & Engagement, at to arrange a confidential conversation.

Essential skills

  • Proven experience in delivering and managing large-scale performances in professional settings
  • Successful and proven project management skills
  • Proven experience of working with large groups of volunteers or professional ensembles
  • Relevant experience of working with children and young people
  • Relevant experience of supporting amateur or professional groups undertaking tours or out of town engagements - in the UK and internationally
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    A creative thinker and self-starter with proven ability to manage and deliver a programme of choral activity
  • A collaborative worker with the ability to work in partnership within an organisation and with external partners
  • Strong organisational skills with an eye for detail
  • An inspiring individual who can relate to people at all levels, internally and externally, and of all ages and backgrounds
  • A team player who is also able to work on own initiative
  •  Ability to work in a pressurised environment, manage competing priorities and deliver results within changing circumstances and priorities
  • Able to establish constructive working relationships at all levels of the CBSO and external partners, including freelance choral staff Ability to manage large numbers of volunteers as part of internal and external events
  • A minimum of 2 years relevant experience within a professional arts organisation, and experience of working with non-professional choruses
  • Ability to read music, and understand vocal scores, ideally with prior choral experience
  • Commitment to personal development and the flexibility to take on new challenges, and develop new skills and knowledge
  • Willingness to work flexible hours including weekly evening commitments and regular weekends.


Hollie Dunster



0121 616 6515


  • Member of CBSO staff, based at CBSO’s purpose-built rehearsal and administrative home, CBSO Centre, in central Birmingham.
  • This is a full-time role of 40 hours per week
  • CBSO staff are entitled to 25 days annual leave plus Public Holidays
  • Working hours will be determined by the needs of the role. There will be a regular weekly requirement for attendance at evening rehearsals and regular work at weekends (e.g. Concerts). There may be a need to make overseas visits. There is some provision for flexible working.
  • This post is subject to a six month probationary period
  • Membership of the Company’s Stakeholder Pension plan
  • All CBSO employees are expected to adhere to all the CBSO’s policies
  • Please note that this post is subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS check.

The CBSO is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity.