Conductor - CBSO SO Vocal


Freelance position - £130 per rehearsal plus sessional fees for concerts and workshops

Application deadline
First round interview
Second round interview

Job description

The CBSO is seeking to appoint an inspirational choral leader, to lead SO Vocal, our thriving open-access community choir in its next chapter when current conductor Ula Weber steps down in July 2022. The successful candidate will have experience of, and a passion for, working with amateur musicians of all standards and proven ability to engage and inspire people who may not be used to the discipline of a choir setting.

SO Vocal offers participants an opportunity for both personal and artistic development, through high-quality weekly singing workshops. It helps foster vocal skills, inspire confidence and aspiration through public performance, broaden musical appreciation and understanding and increase engagement with Birmingham residents.

SO Vocal learns and performs a broad range of repertoire, both independently and with the CBSO. Recent performances have included favourites such as Hushabye Mountain, Let the River Run and Baba Yetu. As well as Stella Maris, a commission by Stef Connor, Penelope Thwaites' Cold Winter's Night, orchestrated for performance with the CBSO and African Sanctus, a collaboration with Ex Cathedra, Keneish Dance and CBSO at Symphony Hall.

The successful candidate will need to sustain the choir's reputation, contribute to the musical development of the ensemble, introduce new repertoire at an appropriate pace, while maintaining a sense of fun and enjoyment for the members.

How to apply

To apply, please send a CV and supporting statement of no more than 2 pages of A4 to

We ask that you complete the equal opportunities information online when you submit your application. The information collected will be treated as confidential, used for statistical purposes only, and will not be treated as part of your application.

Finally, please ensure that you have included your contact number and email address, as well as any dates when you will not be available or might have difficulty with the indicative timetable.

If you wish to have an informal discussion about the role please contact Katie Lucas, Learning & Participation Manager on

Essential skills

  • Candidates should have experience of conducting amateur choirs and can demonstrate their potential to fulfil the role
  • Proven ability and enthusiasm for working with amateur musicians
  • Prior experience of, or commitment to, working creatively with diverse communities
  • A collaborative worker who can relate to people at all levels, ages, and backgrounds
  • A broad and diverse knowledge of choral repertoire
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills
  • Self-motivated, reliable, and able to work under pressure
  • Ability to work co-operatively as part of a team and develop positive working relationships
  • Commitment to delivering musical excellence





The CBSO is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity.