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Principal Conductor

Central London

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2nd May 2018
Sinfonia Tamesa
Closing Date:
22nd June 2018


Sinfonia Tamesa is one of London's leading amateur symphony orchestras. Established in 2001, we perform three concerts a year in beautiful central London locations, featuring well-known classics alongside world premières and forgotten gems.

Having recently worked with a number of conductors on an ad hoc basis, Sinfonia Tamesa is now looking to appoint a Principal Conductor to help us maintain our high standards and continue our musical development.


The Role

  • Prepare the orchestra fully for 2-3 concerts per year, based on a rehearsal schedule of 7 rehearsals for each concert.
  • Collaborate with the orchestra on building a programme for the year ahead.
  • Retain and further develop the high standard of musicianship in this thriving, enthusiastic orchestra

Time commitment

Sinfonia Tamesa currently performs 3 concerts per season (usually Saturdays), and we anticipate at least 2 of these being conducted by the Principal Conductor.

We run 7 rehearsals for each concert: primarily on Wednesday evenings, and usually with an additional Monday prior to the concert, and a rehearsal on concert day. Your role as Principal Conductor will be to plan the content of the rehearsal schedule to make best use of players’ time, and to produce the best possible result at the concert itself.


Working with the orchestra’s Committee

Sinfonia Tamesa is run by a community of volunteers. The Committee is responsible for all logistical aspects of the rehearsals and concerts, including fixing players, booking venues and promoting concerts. The Committee is elected on an annual basis from players in the orchestra.

Repertoire for each concert is decided in collaboration between the conductor and the Committee. We try to maintain a balance between musical challenge, audience appeal, cost and logistics, and we draw as far as possible on ideas from the orchestra. Recent repertoire has included Bernstein, Tchaikovsky, Ibert and Mendelssohn. You can find a list of previous concerts on our website.


Term of Engagement

This is a fixed term engagement for 3 years, September 2019 - August 2022, subject to a probationary concert in Spring 2019 (currently scheduled for Sat 9 March).

The Principal Conductor will be expected to work as a freelance / self-employed contractor. Sinfonia Tamesa will not enter into any employer-employee relationship. The standard fee for each concert (including all rehearsals) is £900 ex. VAT.


See the full job description here



  • Experience of conducting a symphony orchestra at a high standard
  • Extensive knowledge of the repertoire with a flair for programming for amateur ensembles
  • A positive, enthusiastic drive with a strong, inspiring passion for music
  • Established contacts or the ability to develop contacts with soloists, arts, media and other appropriate organisations within the London area

How to apply:

Application Process

All candidates are asked to submit a written application (see details below). Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an audition where they will be asked to run a 30 minute rehearsal with the orchestra. Following this, successful candidates will be invited to an interview with a panel, which will include members of the orchestra.

Feedback from the interview panel and the orchestra will be taken into account in the final selection.



Friday 22 June: deadline for written applications

Wednesday 11 July (evening): auditions with the orchestra, in central London

w/c Monday 16 July (evening): interviews


To Apply

Please submit your CV outlining your professional experience and qualifications, along with a covering letter (up to one page) telling us about yourself, why you are interested in the position and what makes you a suitable candidate. Live recordings are encouraged.

Please send any queries and your applications to with the subject line “CONDUCTOR AUDITIONS.”

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