Third Party Events and Opportunities

Please find below other musical events and groups that may be of interest.

Musical Director Position Available
Grantham Choral Society is seeking a Musical Director to start in September 2019. The choir was founded in 1963 and currently is made up of approximately 60 enthusiastic members. Numbers are on the increase. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 – 9.15pm and a rehearsal pianist is employed.

The choir performs four concerts each year. One Autumn concert usually with organ/piano accompaniment, and two Christmas carol concerts. The Spring concert takes place in the splendid setting of St Wulfram’s Church with orchestra and professional soloists. The professional soloists are employed at both the Autumn and Spring concerts.

The choir has covered most of the standard choral repertoire over the years, most recently performing Jonathan Dove’s ‘For an Unknown Soldier’ and Mozart’s Requiem. In May 2019 Handel’s Jephtha will form the Spring concert.

The committee are looking for someone who will prove to be inspiring, well organised and a good communicator.

Standard rates of pay are available in connection with this post.

Applications in the form of a C.V. and covering letter, are to be sent to Mrs Meriel Scott, 110 Winchester Road, Grantham NG31 8RN or email by 30 November 2018. Interviews (including taking part of a rehearsal), will take place in February/March 2019 and the appointment is expected to be made in late April 2019.


A Christmas Celebration
Melton Mowbray Choral Society
Saturday 22 December, 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray

Featuring Karl Jenkins’ STELLA NATALIS, favourite Christmas carols and home-made mince pies.

Tickets: £12, (Early Bird £10 & under 11’s free) available from members, The Samworth Centre and the website: 

Leicester Symphony Orchestra

Sunday 27 January 2019

Leicester Symphony Orchestra is offering talented musicians an exciting opportunity to play Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances, under the direction of leading Oxbridge music scholars.

LSO is holding a ‘Come and Play’ event on Sunday 27th January 2019 at the Hodson Hall, Loughborough Grammar School, and is inviting talented players in several sections to join it:

“This is an exciting opportunity to join LSO for the day and play a wonderful piece that they might not otherwise have the chance to perform”, says John Andrews, musical director.

“The music is suited to players who have around Grade Eight. We would love to welcome some extra violins, violas and double basses to the strings section, as well as horns, trumpets and percussion to come and join us for the day”.

On the day the orchestra will be conducted by two Oxbridge conducting scholars, working under the direction of former LSO conductor Roland Melia.

Players should register their interest via the LSO website ( giving their name, instrument played and contact details. Players under 18 years old should additionally provide details of their parents/a responsible adult.

They will be provided with details of how to obtain the music when they register.

The rehearsals for the day run from 10.30am to 4.30pm, with the afternoon rehearsal (1.45pm – 4.00pm) being open to the public and followed by tea and cakes! Participation is free, although donations would be welcome towards the cost of music and venue.

Come and Sing with the Nottingham Harmonic Choir

Saturday 23 February 2019, 9:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Nottingham Emmanuel School, Wilford

The Nottingham Harmonic Choir would like to invite all members of the ‘Music for Everyone’ choirs to join us at our ‘Come and Sing’ workshop, when we will be learning and performing a variety of choruses from Mendelssohn’s exciting oratorio, Elijah.  We welcome members from other choirs and are sure that you will enjoy the day.

The cost is £20 (£5 for students), plus £3 if you require music in advance.  Full details and an application form can be found on the choir website (

String Play-Along Day
Saturday 2 March 2019

The CBSO are delighted to present our adult string play-along day, where amateur adult string players will have the opportunity to be coached by, and play amongst, members of the CBSO.This is a fantastic opportunity to work with some of the UK’s foremost orchestral musicians, conducted by the CBSO’s Assistant Conductor Jaume Santonja Espinós, on core orchestral repertoire including Dag Wirén’s Serenade for Strings, Grieg’s Holberg Suite and the second movement of the Shostakovich Chamber Symphony in C minor (transcribed by Rudolf Barshai from 8th quartet).

This full day session will include sectional coaching on the selected repertoire during the morning, followed by tutti rehearsals with CBSO string players joining each section to provide ongoing mentoring throughout the rehearsal process.

The day will be held at the CBSO’s own rehearsal space – CBSO Centre, Berkley Street, Birmingham, B1 2LF from 10.30 – 17.00.

Attendance at the day costs £90 per person. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, however ensemble balance will be taken into account. Please note, we ask that participants are a minimum of grade 5 standard and are aged 18 and over. Application deadline: 11 January 2019 Sign up here