Director of Youth Strings

Music for Everyone is the East Midlands’ largest independent music charity, delivering a dynamic range of instrumental and vocal music-making opportunities to people of all ages and abilities across the region.

We are seeking an inspiring and charismatic musician to direct the Nottingham Strictly Strings, our string ensemble for young players of approximately grade 1 – 4 standard, most of whom are joining a group for the first time. The successful candidate will be an inspirational violin, viola, cello or double bass player as well as an experienced conductor and educator, with an ambitious desire to grow the orchestra and its repertoire. They will have a proven track record of working with people from a range of backgrounds.

The orchestra rehearses 12-14 times per year on Sunday afternoons in Nottingham and gives regular performances throughout the Music for Everyone annual season. It also holds two all-day workshops a year on Sundays in November and March/April, for which additional players join, integrating with our Big Youth Music Experience events.

The new director will be joining MfE’s small but passionate artistic team at an exciting time of change, and there will be the potential to grow this role for the right candidate. This may include collaborating with the artistic director of Music for Everyone and the director of our flagship grade 5+ string ensemble, East Midlands Youth String Orchestra, as well as developing other opportunities and projects within the organisation.

This is a freelance contract, offered in the first instance for a fixed term of 12 months. The new director will be conductor of the Strictly Strings and Stringwise 2 in the Big Youth Music Experience events twice a year.

More about the Strictly Strings: Nottingham Strictly Strings | Music for Everyone (
More about Stringwise: Big Youth Music Experience | Music for Everyone (

Fee: £36.75 per hour (roughly 8 hours per school term, plus extra fee for concerts and Stringwise events)

Start date: September 2024

How to apply: please send an email demonstrating why you are the right person to lead and develop the orchestra, along with a current CV to Su Evans, General Manager:

Closing date for applications: 5pm Monday 3rd June

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to conduct a short rehearsal with the orchestra on Sunday 16th June, followed by an interview on Monday 17th June, if required.

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