To rehearse and direct the chamber choir called Progeny, which is an auditioned sub-choir of New Egham Singers (NES), a non-audition community choir based in Egham, Surrey. Progeny consists of between 15 and 20 singers, which are roughly divided into 6 Sopranos, 5 Altos, 4 Basses and usually 1 or 2 Tenors. The choir sings mixed repertoire SAB or SATB pieces, depending on the membership. There is an audition process (see attached) although there are some long-standing members who have never auditioned. Many of the members are sight-readers, some do not read music at all, so they are mixed ability, but are expected to attend rehearsals prepared and familiar with their music.
Rehearsals take place on alternate Wednesdays during term-time for two hours, starting at 7:15pm. Progeny usually perform one to two pieces in each of the three concerts which NES stage each year (Spring, Summer and Christmas), but may rehearse up to five pieces per term.
The MD is expected to accompany and direct the choir in rehearsals, so good keyboard skills are desirable but tracks can be provided if necessary. There is no expectation that the MD must conduct Progeny during concerts as the MD of NES would be able to take on this role, but this is negotiable.
Rehearsal times: 7:15pm to 9:15pm with a break Dates (Autumn Term): 6/10/21, 20/10/21, 3/11/21, 17/11/21, 1/12/21 Location: United Church of Egham, High St, Egham TW20 9EX (Pastoral Centre) - within a short walk of Egham station, on the main Waterloo-Reading line (around 40 minutes); parking is available nearby Equipment: a Roland keyboard will be provided, sheet music is sourced by the Music Secretary Remuneration: £30ph (£60 per rehearsal) negotiable depending on experience
Interviews will be conducted by the Chair, outgoing MD and a member of Progeny. There will be a requirement to attend and conduct the choir for part of a rehearsal. Applicants are welcome to contact the Chair and/or the outgoing MD for an informal conversation prior to formal application. Applications should be made to the Chair, Judith Dibb-Fuller, by email at the address below.