The Hull Philharmonic Society Music Director Applicant Pack

Outline role description

The successful applicant will be conducting a well-established ensemble in up to three concerts per season in late November and February, and mid-May. We are searching for someone who can conduct the orchestra up to and beyond its current excellent standard, and work with our Executive Committee to programme and publicise our season of concerts.

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Minimum commitment

We are looking for a candidate who can commit to the following minimum requirements:
- Conducting at least one concert per year
- For each concert they are conducting, taking all rehearsals in the week of the concert (Wednesday and Friday evenings and one on the afternoon of the concert) plus at least one other during the rehearsal period for that concert
- Working in collaboration with the Artistic Planning Group to support the artistic direction of the society
- Working in collaboration with the Artistic Planning Group to select soloists for concerts
- Taking part in publicity to promote the Society and Orchestra
- Maintaining the ethos of the Society

Other duties of the Musical Director may include:
- Attending and reporting to meetings of the Executive Committee where requested plus attendance at / report to the Society’s AGM
- Working with the Rehearsal Conductor to prepare the Orchestra for concerts
- Pre-concert talks by agreement
- Working closely with Orchestral Manager and Librarians to ensure concert management / staging / music hire and other matters arising are managed appropriately
- Contributing to Newsletter / Concert programmes
- Assisting with fundraising and sponsorship opportunities

The number of rehearsals and concerts conducted per season will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

Rehearsal Conductor

We are also seeking a rehearsal conductor, who will work closely with the Musical Director, to take those rehearsals which do not fall under the Musical Director’s responsibilities. These will run throughout the concert season, commencing in early September and ending with the final season’s concert in mid-May.

This search will be fully advertised after the shortlisting process for the post of Musical Director. If you wish to express an interest in this post, please email our administrator at

Applicants for the role of Musical Director who may also be interested in serving as Rehearsal Conductor should make the Administrator aware in their application.

N.B: Offering both roles will not give any applicant an advantage or disadvantage in the recruitment process for the role of Musical Director, and we stress that potential applicants should not be discouraged from applying if they cannot commit to both roles.

Our Commitment to Equality and Diversity

The Hull Philharmonic Society embraces and seeks always to adhere to the following core principles:
- that equality of opportunity is essential to enable access to orchestral music for both players and audiences alike;
- that the Society will strive always to reflect the diversity of our local area, and nurture local musicians of every age and background;
- that the Society will champion every opportunity to be diverse in our leadership, players, visiting artists and musical genres; and,
- that these principles lie at the heart of our growth as an organisation, our success in performing the highest standard of music, our development of our audiences, and our commitment to ensuring we are a vibrant and relevant part of our community.

In particular, we are committed to embracing diversity and equality with regard to ethnicity, disability, gender, sexual orientation and socio-economic background.

The Recruitment Process

The longlisting process will take place in January 2022 and the shortlisting process over the 2022-2023 seasons (please see ‘How to Apply’ for further details).

It is hoped that the successful candidate will be appointed for a minimum term of three seasons, which shall include a probationary period of one season.


This is a paid position. Information on current remuneration is available on application and may be open to negotiation.

How to apply

Please send the following materials electronically to by midnight on Sunday 9 January:

• A cover letter (no more than one side of A4);
• A CV including details of your orchestral conducting experience (no more than two sides of A4);
• A link to an audiovisual recording of your conducting, with you as the focus of the film (please check permissions on the video wherever it is hosted to ensure shortlisting panel members will be able to view it);
• Programming suggestions for a three-concert season for Hull Philharmonic Orchestra, with an accompanying explanation of your decisions;
• References (2 musical, one personal).

All candidates are invited to attend the first Hull Philharmonic Orchestra concert of our 21/22 season at Hull City Hall on Saturday 27 November. Please contact to request a complimentary ticket. Applicants who are not able to attend the concert will not be disadvantaged in the recruitment process.

Longlisted applicants will be invited to a Zoom interview with a panel appointed by the Executive Committee. We hope to complete the longlisting process by mid-January 2022, and to complete the shortlisting process by mid-February 2022.

The shortlist of three candidates will be invited to conduct one concert each in the 2022-2023 season, for which they will be remunerated. These three candidates will also be required to attend at least one of the remaining concerts in the current season, which will take place on February 26 and May 14 2022 - tickets and reasonable travel expenses will be provided.