About the opportunity
This role is to join our team of volunteer conductors for Spectrum Band, the middle band of Corsham Windband Association. Rehearsals take place Saturday mornings during term time (10.15 – 12.15) and there are also 2 concerts(Summer and Christmas) and 1 competition a year. The band also plays at a number of community events including fetes.
Currently there are 2 regular conductors, but we would like to expand the team to give everyone more flexibility. More info on the band can be found on our organisational page and on the website.
About Corsham Windband Association
The Corsham Windband Association (CWA) is a registered charity based at the Corsham Arts Centre, Pound Pill (www.poundarts.org.uk). In general, the aims of the association are to promote and foster the enjoyment of playing music with friends; promote musical proficiency and excellence; encourage social awareness and responsibility within the Association and local community. We have a membership of about 150 young musicians from Corsham and the surrounding areas in Wiltshire with ages ranging from 5 to 24 years. It is this company of young musicians that make up 3 very individual bands that form the core of the Association:
The Training Band. This band is made up of novice musicians with little or no experience of playing an instrument or reading music. The band is underpinned by a training and teaching programme that guides the musicians towards their Grade 1 & 2 practical and theory music exams. Although encouraged, it is not essential for Training Band members to take music exams as Training Band has an emphasis on the fun-side of music making with a weekend residential course, and other musical trips undertaken. Normally, as musicians progress to Grade 2, and at the discretion of the Musical Directors, individuals advance into the Spectrum band.
Spectrum Band. Spectrum is the intermediate band that accepts musicians who have reached a reasonable standard, usually grade 2 practical. Most members work towards further musical exams, not only for personal advancement but also to contribute to improving the Band’s overall performance. The band has a busy programme of engagements playing at fetes and open days, as well as entering competitions and music festivals. The musical directors will decide when an individual has shown the right attitude, commitment and achieved the appropriate musical standard in order to begin playing with the Youth Concert Band. It is expected that musicians would spend a transition period, usually the equivalent to a school term, playing in both Spectrum and YCB.
The Youth Concert Band (YCB). YCB is the most senior band. Membership is enjoyed by musicians who have generally attained a music Grade 4/5 practical exam. These musical skills are necessary in order for the musicians to cope with the standards expected by the band’s Musical Director and competition judges. The band is enthusiastic in entering international, national and local music festivals and has enjoyed considerable success in recent years at the National Music for Youth Competition. Along with Spectrum Band, YCB have undertaken tours to France, Germany, Norway and Scotland.
What are they looking for?
We are looking for musicians who would like to support one of our youth bands. Being able to read music is essential, but no previous experience of conducting is required(we’ve all learnt on the job!) The post also includes working with children so experience in that area would be of interest. It is a windband, so experience with wind instruments is of preference but not essential. Please get in touch for more info!
An ability to commit to a certain amount of Saturday mornings, concerts and other events is needed.
Unfortunately we cannot cover expenses.
Ability to read music is very important.
You may need to undergo a DBS check.
For more information please contact for either Martin Edmundson or Phoebe Kemp