Ex Cathedra Associate Conductor scheme

Consort library amphitheatre credit Janet SkidmoreWe are delighted to launch a new scheme for an Associate Conductor to spend five months working intensively with Ex Cathedra.

The successful candidates will shadow Jeffrey, observe and conduct rehearsals of a wide range of repertoire, conduct at least one main season concert, get involved in the artistic planning of the organisation, meet the composers we are commissioning, and engage with research projects we have in the pipeline.

The first Associate Conductor will join us for Feb-Jun 2019, and, subject to funding, we envisage there being up to four further Associate Conductorships offered during 2020 and 2021.

You will work closely with the many different elements of Ex Cathedra: our chamber choir of professional and professionally-trained amateur singers; professional Consort; Baroque Orchestra; graduate choral Scholars; Student Scholars from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire; Academy of Vocal Music youth training choirs; and Vocal Tutors, who deliver award-winning projects in schools, hospitals and the community.

Ex Cathedra performs one of the widest repertoires of any UK choir and you will be involved in period performances of Purcell’s The Indian Queen, Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers, Latin American Baroque music and Bach’s St Matthew Passion, the premieres of new commissions from Alec Roth and Stevie Wishart, and much more.

We hope this scheme will help you develop your career, and you will benefit from the opportunity to work with a group of outstanding musicians who seek artistic excellence and enjoy making music together.  You will also be well-placed as we begin to identify an Assistant Conductor in the future.

How to apply
Download our application pack here, but please read below for updated application deadline details. A provisional rehearsal and concerts schedule is available on request.

The deadline for applications for the first term (Feb-Jun 2019) was Monday 8 October, 5pm. However we remain open for applicants wishing to be considered for a future term (autumn 2019, spring 2020, autumn 2020 and spring 2021 – subject to funding). You can submit an application at any time, and keep an eye on this page for any closing dates that are announced ahead of future terms.

When applying, please include a list of rehearsals and concerts you are conducting during the preceding term as Jeffrey will seek to meet and observe shortlisted candidates during that period.

Please also arrange for two references to be supplied, either as part of your application or direct to us ahead of the closing date of the round you are entering. It is very helpful to have your references at the first stage in your application.

You can send your application by email, or by post to:

Peter Trethewey
General Manager
Ex Cathedra
CBSO Centre
Berkley Street
Birmingham B1 2LF

If you are not shortlisted we will keep your application on file and consider you for future terms unless you tell us otherwise.

If you are not available for any particular dates it will be helpful if you can apply or register your interest at the earliest possible stage explaining your circumstances.

Thank you
We would like to thank The Eranda Rothschild Foundation for their generous support of this scheme.

Download our 2018-19 brochure
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