Young Conductors Mentoring Scheme

This is an opportunity for two talented young musicians with a passion for conducting to develop their conducting skills in a mentoring programme run by Crouch End Festival Chorus. 

The mentoring scheme will run from September 2019 to July 2020, covering one season of concerts with Crouch End Festival Chorus. During the mentorship, the two selected musicians will work with David Temple, the choir’s management committee and accompanist to develop skills in practical conducting and choral direction, as well as in arts governance and management.

Successful applicants will receive free mentoring sessions with musical director David Temple MBE, and work with Crouch End Festival Chorus, one of Britain’s leading symphonic choirs. The choir has a reputation for innovation and versatility due to its wide ranging performance repertoire and professional live and studio engagements.


Application criteria

Applications will be accepted from talented and committed musicians who want to make conducting their career, especially those with an interest in conducting symphonic choirs.  Applicants must be aged 18 to 35, from any musical background and with any level of prior conducting training.

Applications will be accepted from May 1 2019 to June 9 2019.
Shortlisted musicians will be invited to an audition in London on July 11 2019.


What does the scheme offer?

The two successful applicants will have monthly mentoring sessions with conductor David Temple and have the opportunity to attend choir rehearsals and management meetings to further their learning in three key areas:
1. To gain an understanding of the work of a choral music director, including
- Studying and preparing music before a rehearsal period
- Scheduling, planning and preparing for rehearsals
- Concert and season programming
- Working with orchestras, soloists and accompanists
2. To develop practical conducting skills by
- Study of the music at mentoring sessions and individually
- Attending rehearsals to observe and, as appropriate, to conduct sections of music
- Receiving performance feedback and reflecting constructively on that feedback
3. To gain an understanding of the governance and management of a symphonic chorus including
- How to work with volunteers in a charitable organisation
- Budget planning and strategy development
The mentees will be expected to produce a regular video blog to document their progress as conductors and to record the development of the scheme

David Temple and Crouch End Festival Chorus are based in Muswell Hill, London N10. The majority of mentorship opportunities will take place in this area.  Individual mentoring sessions will be during weekdays, but choir rehearsals and meetings will often require attendance at evenings and weekends.


How to apply:

Please send the following information by email to

- Completed application form
- Completed equality and diversity form
- Curriculum vitae
- Any additional supporting evidence of your suitability for this scheme. For example: video or credited audio of you conducting, links to online material, reviews of your work, letters of support from music tutors

Applications must be received on or before the closing date of June 9 2019.


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