Leicester Symphony Orchestra Vacancy for Conductor and Musical Director

Applications are invited for the position of Conductor and Musical Director of Leicester Symphony Orchestra (LSO). The orchestra is looking for an experienced and inspiring musician whose leadership will maintain and surpass the current high standards of performance and step into the vacancy being left by John Andrews as he moves on in his conducting career.

Suitably qualified applicants are asked to submit a short letter of application, stating how you will approach the role of conductor and musical director for LSO. You need to address the requirements of the job description and provide a link to your website / social media, where we expect to see a summary of your career to date and have access to examples of your conducting.

Applications, including details of two people we can approach for references, should be emailed to the LSO Chair Jenny Hand:

The closing date for applications is: Friday July 15 2022, 12.00 noon

Please note, incomplete applications will not be considered.

Selected applicants will be asked to attend an interview and conduct a 1 hour rehearsal on: Sunday 02 October 2022.

Two or three chosen finalists will be offered guest contracts to rehearse and conduct the orchestra for a concert in the next season, with a view to appointing one of them as Principal Conductor.

About the post

About the LSO

The Leicester Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1922. The founder and first conductor was Sir Malcolm Sargent. Its aims were to enable talented local amateur players to perform concerts to a high standard in De Montfort Hall, Leicester, through providing workshops and education in bringing to Leicester soloists of international and national fame to play with the orchestra for the benefit of people of the City and County. These aims continue, but in keeping with the times, such as, a reduced number of concerts per year, the additions of workshops for players and to encourage new players, partnerships with local dancing schools, choirs and the comedy festival and now family tickets to encourage a wider audience. We have commissioned new works and during our 100 years have played the first performances of works such as the Elgar cello concerto in Leicester. Our aims are for our concert income to break even annually to ensure that tickets cover the cost of the hall hire, to continue to bring to Leicester professional internationally and nationally recognised soloists and to pay our musical director / conductor.

Please see our website for more information.