Apply for the 2020-21 Young Conductor Mentoring Scheme

Following the great success of the first scheme, Crouch End Festival Chorus is pleased to announce another chance for musicians who are passionate about conducting, especially conducting choral music to apply for our young conductor mentoring scheme.



This is an opportunity for two talented young musicians aged 18 to 35 with a passion for conducting to develop their conducting skills in a free mentoring programme run by Crouch End Festival Chorus. 

What does the scheme offer?

You will get free mentoring sessions during the 2020-21 season (roughly once per month) with David Temple MBE.
You will also be able to work with Crouch End Festival Chorus, one of Britain’s leading symphonic choirs, which has a reputation nationally and internationally for eclectic repertoire, innovation and versatility in both the concert hall and recording studio.

This is what our current two Young Conductors think about the scheme:

Mariana Rosas : “Having the opportunity to work with David Temple and Crouch End Festival Chorus is a truly amazing opportunity to discover the "behind the scenes" of a choir, and personally, it has helped me develop my skills as a conductor, reflect on different points of view and incorporate new approaches to my conducting. I highly recommend this scheme.”

Matthew Quinn : “The CEFC young conducting scheme provides an excellent balance of practical experience and teaching/feedback. It has helped me take my conducting, rehearsing and preparation skills to the next level and prepared me for the world of being a freelance conductor!’


Application criteria

The Young Conductor Mentoring Scheme is open to talented and committed musicians, aged 18 to 35, from any background and with any level of training, who want to make conducting their career, especially those with an interest in conducting symphonic choirs.

The application period opens on Wednesday 12 February 2020 and closes on Wednesday 20 May 2020. (see below for application details).

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to audition in London in early summer 2020 (Date tbc).


About the Mentoring Scheme

The mentoring scheme will cover one programme season with CEFC - starting in September 2020, and finishing in July 2021.
The two successful applicants will have monthly mentoring sessions with the Crouch End Festival Chorus Music Director, David Temple MBE, and have the opportunity to attend choir rehearsals and work with the choir mananagment and accompanist.  

The scheme will allow young conductors 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 begins
- Scheduling, planning and preparing for rehearsals
- Planning muiscal programmes, both for individual concerts and for seasons
- Working with orchestras, soloists and accompanists

2. 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

3. 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

The two sucessful candidates 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

Young musicians (aged 18-35), who meet the criteria specified above, should provide the following information to apply:


1) Application form (link to application form)

2) Curriculum Vitae

3) Two video clips supporting showcasing your conducting experience: 

i) a video of the candidate conducting a performance
ii) a video of the candidate rehearsing a choral and/or orchestral ensemble

4) Diversity and Inclusion monitoring form (link to D&I form)


Applications should be submitted online here

The deadline for receipt of applications is 23:59 on Wednesday 20 May 2020


Please contact the scheme coordinator Paul Winter if you have any questions:


Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an audition in London in early summer 2020 (Date tbc).




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