Recorders Galore Seeks a New Musical Director

The Society of Recorder Players Peterborough Branch, which occasionally performs as “Recorders Galore”, is currently without a Musical Director (MD), following the retirement to the West Country of founder member and MD, Jan Theedom. We hope during the next few months to recruit a suitable replacement, either one individual, or possibly on a “job share” basis.

About the group

Constitutionally, our group is part of a national charity, the principal objective of which is “To promote the education of the public in the study, practice and appreciation of the recorder.”. In practice the Branches of the Society enjoy considerable autonomy in carrying out this objective, Peterborough Branch’s activity is essentially provision of the opportunity to play, within the community, and occasional showcasing of the recorder by performance. The group is small (typically 15 to 20 players), and of mixed ability, but enthusiastic. Visiting players are welcomed.

A child protection policy is in place nationally, but at present we have no young players.

Members pay annual membership fees, currently £50, about half of which goes to central funds, but receive a quarterly high quality magazine, “The Recorder”. Local management of the Branch and its funds is carried out by a Committee comprising MD, Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and ordinary members.

About the role

Our MD can expect to lead most of our playing sessions, one Saturday afternoon and one Wednesday evening in most months, as well as any performances, and to attend occasional meetings. Inter Alia this will involve;

  • Selection of the pieces/exercises to be played, from the Branch’s extensive stock or own resources.
  • Developing an awareness of the abilities of the players, and identifying areas for improvement and development.
  • Identifying appropriate performing opportunities and other community activity, including collaborations.
  • Working with the Committee to set the general direction of the Branch.
  • At least in some years, to attend an annual National Conference as Branch Delegate (this normally takes place at the annual Festival). Peterborough Branch is jointly hosting Festival next spring, in Cambridge.
  • Liaison with relevant local musical groups and organisations

There is no pay, but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

About you

The successful candidate(s) could be somebody seeking a new challenge, or perhaps a relatively inexperienced conductor, student or even professional musician looking for a developmental opportunity. You would need to demonstrate;

  • A reasonable familiarity with the playing of the recorder, as well as its history and repertoire, but we are not looking for any particular level of qualification.
  • Familiarity with techniques of teaching or coaching, but again no formal qualification is required.
  • Empathy, humour and patience. You will need to “bond” with the group.

Personal qualities will be more important than qualifications or a strong CV.

Recruitment process

The process will be informal. Candidates expressing an interest will be invited to join our regular sessions, with the initial level of involvement in Directorship being tailored to the comfort of the individual. We expect the Branch members to guide the committee in making a final decision on appointment.

Expressions of interest should be made to our Secretary, contact details and more information may be found on our web pages;

Registered Charity No. 282751 Scottish Registered Charity No. SC038422

Since 1937 The Society of Recorder Players has been stimulating interest and enjoyment in the art of recorder playing