Department: Chapel and Music

Responsible to: Director of Music

Responsibility:   To work closely with the Director of Music, dealing with all operational matters necessary for the smooth running of King’s College Choir and its recording label. These include day to day planning and budgetary oversight of our core activities (choral services, concerts & recordings); working closely with the Choir’s agents, Intermusica, as well as liaising with outside bodies (orchestras, promoters, broadcasters, touring partners); maintaining strong internal relationships within the Chapel Department and the wider College and School.

Salary: £40,000-£43,000 per annum (dependent upon experience)

Contract type: Permanent (subject to a six-month probation period), full-time, 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday (flexibility in hours available along with the ability to work remotely for at least some of the week)

Person specification:  For more than half a millennium, King’s College Chapel has been home to one of the world’s most loved and renowned choirs. Since the foundation of the College in 1441 by the 19-year-old King Henry VI, choral services sung by the Choir of King’s College have been a fundamental part of life in the Chapel.  The consistently high standards achieved by the Choir over such a long course of time owe much to the six musicians who have been responsible for nurturing and stewarding the Choir over the course of the last 140 years: A.H. Mann (1876), Boris Ord (1929); David Willcocks (1957), Philip Ledger (1974), Stephen Cleobury (1982) and since 2019, Daniel Hyde.

With its deep roots in musical history, the Choir has always been at the forefront of technological innovation. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, inaugurated at King’s in 1918, was first broadcast by the BBC in 1928, making it the longest-established annual broadcast in history; meanwhile, the televised Christmas service, Carols from King’s, will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2024. From the 1950s, the Choir recorded with major record labels including Argo, Decca, and EMI; in 2012 the College decided to launch its own Record Label to allow more artistic and commercial independence. The decade since its inception has been a challenging one for classical music in general, and choral music in particular, yet the Label has flourished by embracing the opportunities afforded by new digital platforms and as well as by producing traditional CDs.

We are now seeking to appoint to the newly created role of Choir and Record Label Manager to ensure the effective administration of the operational, logistical and commercial life of the Choir.

The ideal candidate for this position will be educated to degree level and have previous experience of music management and/or promotion along with some choral performance experience.

You should also have:

Knowledge of the classical music industry
Excellent administrative and organisational skills
Good IT skills, including Word and Excel
The ability to work accurately
Excellent interpersonal skills

The start date for this position is ideally Monday 3rd October 2022.

Other Details:
32 days annual leave pro rata (including Bank Holidays and Christmas closure period)
Car parking (when available)
Lunch on duty
Healthcare cash plan
Pension scheme

Application Process: applications should be made on the form provided on our website.

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