12 Choirs of Christmas Musical Director

  • Job Reference: 00007953-1
  • Date Posted: 8 May 2024
  • Recruiter: The Old Vic
  • Website: https://jobs.oldvictheatre.com/
  • Location: London
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: On Application
  • Bonus/Benefits: £3290 (£140 session rate) split across 3 prep days, 18 rehearsals
  • Sector: Education, Creative Arts
  • Job Type: Freelance, Fixed Term

Job Description

12 Choirs of Christmas brings together community groups for people aged 50+ with primary school children across London to create 12 intergenerational choirs. The project encourages sharing and connection and supports participants’ mental health and wellbeing.

Each choir is supported by a musical director and given three rehearsals before performing a live Christmas concert in the festive surroundings of The Old Vic foyer each December. All concerts are free to attend and open to friends, family and the local community.

Teachers and group leaders receive an additional music-based workshop to support their professional development.

We are looking to hire two freelance musical directors to support with the delivery of the programme.

12 Choirs of Christmas has three key aims:

  • To build meaningful connections across generations to support the mental health and wellbeing of participants, staff and audience.
  • To continue The Old Vic’s mission to make theatre open and accessible to anyone.
  • To help build lasting connections between primary schools and community groups that continue beyond the programme.

Areas of responsibility

  • Act as Musical Director for six inter-generational choirs (including 1 Community Group and 1 Primary school in each) and lead on rehearsals, supported by an Assistant Facilitator
  • To MD the concerts for 6 choirs across 2 days
  • To develop choir rehearsal plans that create cohesion and foster connection between the School and Community Group in each Choir.
  • To prepare music for rehearsals, updating the lyric sheets for the choirs and music sheets if needed and relay changes to the Community Manager and Education & Community Coordinator
  • To develop good relationships with the Teachers and Community Group Leaders
  • To represent the Old Vic whilst working off site in Community and or School spaces and ensure its reputation is maintained.
  • To feedback how each session went by completing an online evaluation form and relaying any necessary information back to the Community Manager and the Education and Community Coordinator
  • To make note of challenges and success during the project and attend the Facilitator de-brief once concerts are complete.
  • To attend the Meet and Greet sessions with the Teachers and Group Leaders
  • To ensure the Community Group and Schools fill out evaluation forms and Equal opportunities forms assisting where needed

This is not an exhaustive list of duties, and we may, at any time, allocate other tasks which are of a similar nature or level.

Person Specification


  • Experience of leading a choir and or musical rehearsal room
    • Confident pianist to teach songs and lead public concert
    • Experience of planning workshops and facilitating high quality participatory arts projects
    • Experience of working with adults and young people from diverse backgrounds
    • Experience of working with adults and young people with additional needs
    • Excellent soft skills including verbal communication skills, diplomacy and compassionate approach to working
    • Ability to work effectively in an environment with competing demands.
    • Knowledge around safeguarding Adults and Children
    • An Enhanced DBS Certificate
    • Excellent organisational and time keeping skills.
    • Responsive to emails and the ability to communicate needs of the choirs to the Community Manager and Education & Community Coordinator.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo a DBS check as the role may interact with vulnerable adults and/or children.

How to Apply

We understand that everyone is different and we want you to apply in whichever way you feel best shows your skills and experience. There are a range of ways that you can apply with us:

  • 1. Sending a short video file of yourself (no longer than two minutes in length), detailing your experience, why you are applying for the role and what about working at The Old Vic interests you (have a look at the person specification in the job description).
  • 2. Sending a short audio file of yourself (no longer than two minutes in length), detailing your experience, why you are applying for the role and what about working at The Old Vic interests you.
  • 3. Completing our application form.
  • 4. Uploading your CV and covering letter, explaining why you are interested in the role and working at the Old Vic.

As a Disability Confident employer, The Old Vic has made a commitment that all applicants with disabilities who meet the essential criteria for this job will be invited to interview. However in the event that we have a high volume of applications all of whom meet the criteria and identify as disabled, meaning it is not practicable to interview everyone, we may apply a weighting to the shortlisting criteria, or add an additional shortlisting stage before any interviews take place. In all cases we will take care to ensure that any criteria or weightings do not disadvantage disabled applicants.

All appointments are made subject to satisfactory references and proof of eligibility to work in the UK. 

The Process

The recruitment process for this role will be one stage:

  • 1st stage in person conversation

The closing date for this role is 27 May 2024. First Conversations are likely to take place w/c 3 June 2024.

Equal Opportunities

We actively support and encourage people from a variety of backgrounds, experiences and skill sets to join us and help shape what we do. We are particularly keen to receive applications from people of the global majority, LGBTQ+, neurodiverse and disabled candidates.

We may take positive action, in cases where candidates are equally qualified, to increase the employment of under-represented groups at The Old Vic.

In the event that we ask you to attend the theatre for a conversation and you are struggling financially, we may be able to reimburse you for any reasonable travel costs.