Aldeburgh Music Club choir is seeking an inspirational Music Director to replace our current MD, Edmond Fivet CBE, who is retiring in May 2020 after 13 highly successful years with the choir.

Based in East Suffolk and founded in 1952 by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, Aldeburgh Music Club is a mixed voice, non-auditioned choir of c.90 members who meet to rehearse in Aldeburgh on Tuesday evenings during academic terms.  It gives three concerts a year, customarily at Snape Maltings Concert Hall (November and March), and Orford Church (May), to a high standard and using professional soloists and orchestral players when required by the programme.

The choir’s repertoire ranges from baroque to modern classical, and short anthems to major works – programmes of recent concerts can be found on our website.  Our current President is Humphrey Burton CBE, with Robin Leggate and Dame Ann Murray as Vice-Presidents. 

The new musical director will have an extensive knowledge of the choral repertoire, with proven experience and aptitude for inspiring a mixed-ability choir in a positive and enjoyable manner to enable presentation of concerts (which may include a mix of choral and orchestral works) to the highest possible standard.  He/she will be expected, in consultation with the Chair and orchestral manager, to recommend professional soloists, and advise the committee on all musical requirements for concerts – all with an eye to concert budgets.

The new MD will be well supported by the choir’s committee, the members of which take full responsibility for administrative matters, including booking of and liaison with venues, publicity and finance.  The choir employs a professional accompanist who may take sectional rehearsals and occasionally accompany in concert.

For information, dates of and venues booked for concerts in the choir’s 2020/21 season are as follows:

  • Saturday 21 November 2020 (Snape Maltings Concert Hall)
  • Saturday 20 March 2021 (Snape Maltings Concert Hall)
  • Saturday 15 May 2021 (St Bartholomew’s Church, Orford)

Aldeburgh Music Club is a registered charity (number 1000990).  Further information about the choir can be found on our website




The Music Director will conduct the choir in rehearsals and concert performance, and will provide overall artistic vision and direction.

Key Responsibilities:

(a)          To prepare the choir in rehearsal in Aldeburgh on Tuesdays (primarily during academic term-times, including half term) from 7.30 to 9.30 pm, and at the venue on Friday evenings/Saturday afternoons of a concert weekend, and at such other times and dates as may be agreed

(b)          To support and develop choir members’ musical skills

(c)           To ensure the highest possible musical standards are achieved consistent with choir members’ musical abilities and available financial resources

(d)          To conduct the choir (with orchestra and soloists when applicable to programme) at three concert performances a season at venues within a 20-mile radius of Aldeburgh, and at other times/venues by agreement with the committee.  Concerts may include orchestral pieces without choir on occasion.

(e)          To advise and liaise with the committee on repertoire for rehearsal and concert performance

(f)           To liaise with the choir’s orchestral manager

(g)          To make recommendations to the committee for the engagement of appropriate solo singers

(h)          To advise and assist the committee in the artistic direction, and promotion of the good name and reputation, of the choir

(i)            To take all rehearsals and conduct all concerts unless otherwise agreed with the Chair

(j)           To attend choir committee meetings (usually held immediately prior to a normal rehearsal, about four times a year) in an advisory capacity

(k)          To attend and provide a performance report at the choir’s annual general meeting in Aldeburgh

(l)            To undertake such additional duties as may be agreed with the committee



1.            Essential

1.1          Inspirational and proven track record of choral leadership

1.2          Extensive knowledge of the choral and concert repertoire

1.3          Positive and encouraging approach to working with amateur singers of varied experience to bring out their best

1.4          Experience of sourcing professional soloists

1.5          Experience of working to high performance level with professional singers and orchestral players

1.6          Experience of conducting performances with up to 120 amateur singers, professional soloists and large orchestra

2.            Desirable

2.1          Ability to build links and working partnerships with other organisations to support the choir’s development



1.            Applicants are asked to complete an application form and submit it to Hunter Smith, Chair, at to be received no later than 30 September 2019.

2.            Selected applicants will be expected to attend in interview with the choir’s sub-committee to be held in Aldeburgh in early November 2019.

3.            Short-listed candidates will be invited to take a 45 minute rehearsal of the choir in Aldeburgh on one of the evenings of Tuesday 26 November, 3 December or 10 December 2019.  Two pieces of music will be worked through – one known by the choir, and the other not known (scores to be provided to short-listed candidates in advance).  An accompanist will be provided.  There will be time for a short Q/A session between candidate and choir following the rehearsal.

4.            The successful candidate will be expected to enter into a written contract, with a one-year probationary period.

5.            AMC is an equal opportunities organisation.  A copy of AMC’s Equal Opportunities policy can be found at









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