Repetiteur and Assistant Musical Director, Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus


About the ROH Thurrock Community Chorus

The ROH Thurrock Community Chorus is a 140-strong group of members of the Thurrock community united by their passion for singing and their commitment to their community. The diverse, unauditioned group includes singers of all levels of experience from retired semi-professionals to those who have never sung before.

Since the Chorus was founded in 2011, they have performed at high profile events in Thurrock and London, including singing alongside the Royal Opera Chorus and internationally renowned soloists. The group meets weekly during term time and is open to anyone aged eight and over who lives, works, volunteers or studies in Thurrock. The Chorus has a musical and dramatic focus on opera choruses and repertoire inspired by the Covent Garden season, as well as new work. The Chorus performs largely from memory and there is a strong focus on developing each member`s musical, dramatic and personal skills.

About the role:
We are now seeking a repetiteur and Assistant Musical Director to work with the ROH Learning and Participation team and the Chorus`s Musical Director, Jeremy Haneman, to take the project into its exciting next phase. The post is offered on a casual PAYE basis, initially until July 2018 but with the possibility of extension. The time commitment involves weekly term-time rehearsals on Monday evenings, 7.15pm-9.30pm at a Thurrock venue. Additional engagements will include termly skills-building days, performances around 6 times a year in Thurrock, London and other locations, and occasional meetings in Thurrock and London.

Skills and experience required:

Essential:

  • Excellent musical skills including sight-reading and improvisation

  • Excellent teamwork skills and willingness to adapt to different ways of working

  • Good knowledge and experience of operatic and choral repertoire and languages

  • Good understanding of vocal technique and healthy singing

  • Good pedagogical skills including the ability to take sectional rehearsals

  • A commitment to working in an accessible and inclusive way with a diverse group of participants including mixed age groups and levels of experience

  • A commitment to working in Thurrock, including rehearsals, performances and meetings

  • A team player approach with a natural rapport with singers, conductors and directors, who gets involved in the creative process

  • A commitment to personal continuing professional development

Desirable:

  • Conducting skills

  • Ability to create learning resources e.g. voice part recordings

  • For the successful candidate, there may well be opportunities to share additional skills and specialisms with the group

  • Arranging skills

We actively encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds and value the positive impact difference has on our teams.

Application: To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter, the diversity profile monitoring form (attached below) and if possible a short video clip of your work as a repetiteur or music leader, to getinvolved@roh.org.uk bySunday 21st January. Selected candidates will be invited to take part in a phone/skype call with members of the L&P team in the week commencing 22nd January. This will be an opportunity for us to find out more about you and vice versa. Subsequently, short-listed candidates will be invited to undertake a short, practical session with the Chorus on Monday 29th January or Monday 5th February at Palmer`s College, Grays, Thurrock.

The start date will be Monday 19th February or soon thereafter.

This post is offered as a casual position with the Learning and Participation department on a PAYE basis. Weekly rehearsals will be paid at £130 per session, performances at £260 and meetings/ preparation work at £25 per hour.