Applications are invited for the position of Musical Director of the Birmingham Gay Symphony Orchestra. We are looking for an experienced and inspiring musician to lead the orchestra as conductor, picking up the baton from our outgoing MD Jack Lovell-Huckle. Jack has been with the orchestra for 10 years after starting with us as a final year university student, and leaves us as a recent appointee as Assistant Conductor at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
About the position
The successful applicant will be responsible for leading fortnightly rehearsals on Sunday afternoons at our venue in Birmingham and our regular three concerts a year, beginning in January 2023.
Individuals are asked to email a CV and a short informal video. The video should be no longer than five minutes and should tell us about yourself and your approach to the position of Musical Director. Applications should be sent to the Orchestra Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org (videos can be uploaded onto a video-sharing platform and links included in the email, or sent via WhatsApp if requested).
The closing date for initial applications is Thursday 10th November 2022.
After review, long-listed applicants will be asked to attend an interview conducted online between 16-20 November at a time that is mutually convenient. Those reaching the short-list will be invited to rehearse the orchestra for approximately 30-45 minutes on 27 November 2022. Any questions or informal enquiries can be directed to the Orchestra Manager in the first instance.
The Birmingham Gay Symphony Orchestra is the Midland's LGBT+ orchestra. BGSO promotes musical talent directly from within the LGBT+ community, illuminating the diversity that exists within it to the wider community and beyond. As an LGBT+ orchestra we provide a safe ‘non-scene’ environment centred around a shared interest where people can come together to express who they are without any additional pressure or expectations. We welcome all musicians whether they identify as LGBT+ or not.
The orchestra was first formed in 2008 when a few musicians responded to an advert in Midland Zone. By the end of 2009 the Orchestra had grown to over 20 regular players and was preparing to put on their first concert at Birmingham Conservatoire's Recital Hall.
Now in our fourteenth season, we perform three concerts a year in venues around the city, including St Paul's in the Jewellery Quarter, the CBSO Centre, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and we are honoured to be St. Pauls' ‘Orchestra in Residence’. We have forged strong links with other organisations within the LGBT+ community, and can often be seen playing as smaller ensembles at key events in the LGBT+ calendar, including performances at SHOUT Festival and LFEST. Most recently we took part in Flourish! part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival coinciding with the Commonwealth Games.