Engaging and working with the musical leader for your group


United Kingdom
Friday, 7 June 2024 - 10:00am to 11:30am
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About the event: 

98% of Making Music members have a music professional leading their group – but how to find and engage the right individual, and what are the different models of how music directors and committees work together? 

Making Music will talk about some of the practical help we have to help you find the right musical leader for your group: our Musical Vacancies tool, template contract, the fee results from the Big Survey 2022, and our ‘Searching for a Music Director’ resource. 

We will then hear from two musical leaders, Rhiannon Harrison who leads instrumental groups and Manvinder Rattan, a choral conductor, on their experience of conducting a group, of being recruited into the role, their start at a new group and how they interact with the committee.  

Then the word goes to the groups which engage the musical leaders, with committee members from different groups speaking about how they work with their musical director, how programming works, how involved members of the group are, who has the final say on repertoire, what role the cost of music plays, and how they support their MD. 

We will hear from: Judy Craven, Chair of Monmouth Choral Society; Susan Kilgour, Chair of Worcester Philharmonic Orchestra; and Helen Coulson, Chair of Twickenham Choral.  

There will be plenty of time to share your own models and ask questions of the speakers. 

We’ll talk about:

  • How to find and select the right MD for your group
  • Practicalities such as contracts and fees
  • The MD’s perspective – how do they work with the committee and the members on a day to day basis? How is change implemented, if it is?
  • The committee’s perspective – how do they work with the MD and keep both the MD and their members happy and engaged? Who has the last word on programming? How big a role do the finances play? Do members have a say?
  • Attendees will be invited to share their models and thoughts and ask questions of the speakers.

Who is this event for?

This event is of most interest to anyone from a leisure-time music group involved in finding and engaging a music director for their group and/or in managing the day to day relationship with the MD and with members in regard to the music that is programmed for rehearsals and performances.

Others are very welcome to attend if they believe the discussion will be of interest to them.

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Event information:

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Cancellation policy:

Making Music reserves the right to cancel an event due to low attendance numbers, adverse weather conditions or other circumstances which make it no longer possible to run the event. If you have booked a place and Making Music cancels the event, we will offer you a full refund where applicable.