Grand Central Chorus is looking for a new Chorus Director

Type of post: Chorus news item
Status: Current
Date Posted: Thu, 22 Aug 2019

After seven very successful and happy years, our Chorus Director Zac Booles will moving on after the BABS 2020 Convention, and so Grand Central Chorus is looking for someone to take up his baton and continue the chorus’s growth and development.

The Grand Central Chorus is an enthusiastic group of sixty men from across the East Midlands who love singing together in four-part close harmony, in Barbershop style. The chorus has won the gold medal on five occasions at the UK National Barbershop Convention and has represented the UK at the BHS International Convention in North America several times. In fact, the chorus has never been out of the top six places in all the years it has been eligible to compete in the UK National Barbershop Convention.

We therefore want to find another collaborative, dynamic and motivational musical leader, who shares our ambitions and can offer a strategy to further develop our singing and performance skills. Our new chorus director must have choral directing experience, (although not necessarily in the barbershop harmony style) as well as a good knowledge of music theory. Other essential qualities include well-developed organisational and communication skills and the ability to coach the chorus in a positive and encouraging manner.

The chorus director is responsible for leading the talented coaching team of the chorus and, in association with them, determines repertoire both for contests and other performances, plans rehearsal schedules and sets the required standard for any audition processes. The chorus director will be expected to represent the chorus, and to contribute appropriately, at relevant events organised by the British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS). The chorus director will receive expenses in accordance with an agreed schedule.

Chorus rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings, from 7.15 pm, at:

Harrington Junior School, Derby Road, Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire, NG10 4BJ.
(5 mins from M1, Jn 25)

The closing date for expressions of interest, which should be emailed to Alan Goldsmith at  chairman@grandcentralchorus.com is 31st October 2019.

For further information or an informal discussion, please contact Alan by email or on 07842 125138.