Bournemouth and Poole College is advertising for a new Wessex Starter Strings/Wessex Middle Strings Conductor

(Post made at 1842 UK BST time on 3 Sep 2018 in a personal capacity.  Please see here for important background and disclosure of interests).

An advert was placed last Wednesday (29 August 2018) at

For some reason the closing date is only a week later (Wednesday 5 September 2018, so now only 2 days away).

A copy of the advert is shown below. I’m glad that the rate seems to have gone up & that admin work is no longer being expected. I hope the Bournemouth and Poole College and Centre for Wessex Young Musicians will treat any new occupant of the post better than the WSS/WMS Conductor from Sep 2004 to May 2017 feels she was treated (see here). In particular, will the post still have no notice?

Jane and I genuinely wish any new occupant of the post all the very best: the children and their parents are wonderful and it was a joy to make music with them.


Saturday String Ensemble Conductor

Job Roles:
Organisation Type:
Further Education
FE College
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Full Time
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Salary Description:
29th Aug 2018
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Do you have experience working with young musicians and conducting ensembles?
Are you able to motivate, encourage and inspire young musicians?
Would you like to work for a leading further education provider based on the sunny South Coast with an amazing team to support you and students who want to learn?
If so Bournemouth and Poole College are looking for a Saturday Music Centre (Centre for Wessex Young Musicians) String Ensemble Conductor to join the Creative Industries Department on the North Road Campus. The purpose of this role is to deliver high quality ensemble training and learning to CWYM members (who are enrolled as CWYM / Bournemouth and Poole College students). Ideally, the successful candidate will have a professional qualification / graduate status in an area of music / music performance and experience of working with young musicians. We are looking for someone who can motivate, encourage and inspire young musicians, as well as demonstrate at a high level of performance and play with students. If this sounds like the role for you, then please apply today!

About Us

We are the largest provider of further education and apprentices within the area, we have around 11,000 students that are from across the UK and the world. Our passion is to ensure students are qualified, find jobs and can progress in their career. We are proud to say our apprenticeships training ranks in the top 30% of colleges and we work with over 2,000 business.
The Centre for Wessex Young Musicians (CWYM) is a part-time Saturday morning course, operating under the umbrella of the Bournemouth and Poole College Creative Industries Department. With almost 200 part-time students of school age, the CWYM offers high quality ensemble training and music theory classes to young orchestral instrumentalists from beginner to advanced playing level and offers access to many opportunities and activities within the music profession.

The Role

As Bournemouth and Poole College’s Saturday String Ensemble Conductor, you will train and conduct the CWYM’s Wessex Starter (WSS) and Wessex Middle String (WMS) orchestras in both rehearsals and concert performances and will liaise with the CWYM Director with regard to the ensembles’ curricula to ensure that the ensembles’ work remains within the overall CWYM’s artistic, musical and educational strategic vision. As part of this role you will contribute to high quality learning experiences using a variety of teaching and learning methods and will ensure that teaching is based on current best available practice and is consistent with a high standard of practice.
Additionally, you will be responsible for incorporating general musicianship training and guidance on performance and practice techniques into the rehearsal time and work to develop student skills in rhythmic control, the use and expansion of orchestral tonal colours, sight-reading and listening skills. You will be expected to maintain a fast pace within rehearsals, encouraging high energy learning and the students’ life-long love for music.

Key responsibilities, skills and attitudes

Professional qualification / graduate status in an area of music / music performance
Able to demonstrate at a high level of performance and play with students
Experience of working with young musicians
Ability to demonstrate good aural musicianship and the ability to detect errors & apply effective rehearsal solutions
Dynamic and innovative approach
Good written and oral communication skills
Ability to work as part of an effective team
Experience of working in workshop scenarios or musical educational activities (desirable)
Detailed knowledge of orchestral repertoire – especially regarding high quality arrangements for younger musicians
Teaching qualification (desirable)
To be available on most Saturday mornings during the academic year

Next Step 

If you feel you have what it takes for this Saturday Music Centre String Ensemble Conductor opportunity, then please click apply and complete our online application process via the careers page.
The closing date for applications is 05 September 2018 with interviews taking place after this date.

Safeguarding Recruitment Statement
The College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be required to undertake appropriate safeguarding checks which includes an enhanced DBS check as well as providing proof of right to work in the UK.

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