Musical Director

The Orlando Singers are looking for a new Musical Director, to start in September 2024.

Who we are:  The Orlando Singers is  a small group (20-25 voices) of experienced, enthusiastic singers, who enjoy singing everything from really old to really new, 4 or 8 part, accompanied or a capella. We have sung from Byrd and Schutz to Stravinsky and even several pieces by living composers, including some world premieres of works by John S Wilson. We perform a minimum of three concerts a year with Autumn and Easter concerts being more formal, and a Summer one typically lighter in tone. This season, in November we performed Tchaikovsy’s Liturgy of St John Chrysostom; in February we performed a number of anthems by Buxtehude, Tallis and Tchaikovsky, as well as the world premiere of a cantata by John Wilson based on Bach’s choral setting Schmücke dich; in April we performed an all-Bruckner programme of his Requiem, and several motets; and in July we will give a lunchtime concert at St Clements where the main work will be Victoria’s Missa O Magnum Mysterium, along with other more recent short pieces.

Our rehearsals: We meet on Thursdays from 8 – 9.30pm at St Andrew’s Hall, Chesterton, which is a spacious environment with a decent piano, good acoustics, and comfortably heated in winter. We do audition members, and our minimum requirement for an Orlando is an ability to read music and the ability to hold a part. We also always provide our own soloists from the choir. We do not have a regular accompanist at the moment, though there are a couple of members of the choir who are able to step up to the piano if needed.

What we are looking for: Someone who can lead us forward, with good musical knowledge and enthusiasm, who has a passion for choral music and who can put together a concert with us. An ability to lead rehearsals from the piano would be strongly preferred. We are able to offer a (modest) honorarium commensurate with our modest size! If you would like to explore the possibility of conducting a small high-quality chamber choir, please do get in touch (details below).