Chamber Tots: Early Years Training and Development Scheme

Applications are now open for the Chamber Tots: Early Years Training and Development Scheme and Wigmore Hall are looking for Trainee Support Musicians to take part in our award-winning Chamber Tots programme.

Application Deadline: Monday 17 June 2024, 5.00pm

About Chamber Tots:

Chamber Tots invites families with children aged 1-5 to come on a musical adventure at Wigmore Hall. We discover exciting instruments, songs, and stories with opportunities to explore, play and move together!

Workshops involve:

  • Time for families to explore percussion instruments and interact with the musicians through improvisation, singing, movement, and storytelling.
  • Short performances by the Trainee Support Musicians, giving children and parents/carers the chance to hear live music.
  • Plenty of opportunities for parents/carers and children to co-create music with workshop leaders and Trainee Support Musicians.

Our practice is rooted in child-led music making and reflects Wigmore Hall Learning’s values: Care, Collaboration and Equity.

Each workshop is led by one of our experienced early years leaders supported by Trainee Support Musicians and mentors.

About the Chamber Tots: Early Years Training and Development Scheme

This training scheme is a unique opportunity for musicians or ensembles who are keen to develop their skills and experience as supporting musicians in early years practice (with children aged 1-5). Selected musicians or ensembles will prepare for, and take part in, 3 Chamber Tots workshops over the course of the year plus a training day and reflection sessions, and will be supported throughout by the leaders, mentors, and the Learning programme team. There is also a chance to take part in other training sessions and opportunities as part of our wider Pathways programme.

Successful applicants will be paid the following training fees:

  • £150 per workshop day (inclusive of travel and rehearsals/preparation taking place outside of the call time)
  • £20 for the training day
  • £20 per reflection session.

For full details on the role please read the scheme description.

We would love to hear from you if you are:

  • Early career or student musicians aged 18+ who are keen to gain experience in creative music workshops for early years.
  • Working in any genre and with any voice type, instrument or other musical specialism.

You must be eligible to work legally in the UK in order to take part in this scheme.

Wigmore Hall is committed to being a fair and inclusive employer. We recognise the positive value of diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination, and we welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from people from the global majority*, disabled** and trans candidates, as they are currently under-represented in our workforce. We are particularly interested in hearing from you if you have faced barriers to accessing training and workforce development opportunities.

*This includes, but is not limited to people of Black Caribbean, Black African, South Asian, East Asian, South East Asian, Middle Eastern, Arab, Latinx, Native American and First Nations heritage as well as people indigenous to the global south

** This includes but is not limited to those who define as disabled people, as people with long term health conditions, as d/Deaf or as neurodivergent

More information can be found on the scheme description.

How to apply

If you would like to apply, please complete the application form by Monday 17 June 2024, 5.00pm.

You are welcome to submit your responses to the questions on the application form via a video/audio recording, or via the written form. If you decide to respond via video/audio recording, please include a link to an online video or audio file of no more than 12 minutes in duration in the field provided on the application form. If this timeframe presents an access barrier for you, please get in touch with Jess Moncur (Project Manager, Learning) on 020 7258 8269 or jmoncur@wigmore-hall.org.uk .

If you complete the optional diversity and equality monitoring form this should be sent separately (this can also be via video or audio recording if you prefer).

If you don’t have access to a computer/the Internet, or if you have any accessibility questions related to the application process, please contact Jess Moncur (Project Manager, Learning) on 020 7258 8269 or jmoncur@wigmore-hall.org.uk

Selection process

We are committed to inclusive recruitment practices, and take steps to ensure unconscious bias is minimised as far as is possible. If you complete your application via video, please note we are unable to guarantee anonymity. However, the panel will not see personally identifiable information submitted as part of your application, other than information shared in your video. Following an application grading process through which we create a longlist of candidates who have reached a qualification threshold, we then reference equalities data as part of the shortlisting process to ensure a diverse range of applicants is invited to audition.

Applications Close: Monday 17 June 2024, 5.00pm
Successful applicants invited to audition by: Friday 5 July 2024
Audition at Wigmore Hall, London: Friday 12 July 2024

We want to make the process as accessible as possible, so will provide shortlisted applicants with interview questions in advance so you can prepare before we meet.

We are committed to the safeguarding of all the people with whom we work; their wellbeing and safety is of paramount importance. We expect all our staff to respect the rights and dignity of participants, colleagues and partners, and to work in a way that promotes the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved. In accordance with Wigmore Hall’s Safer Recruitment Policy, appointment is subject to an enhanced DBS check (which we can issue for you) and successful applicants will be required to take part in safeguarding training as appropriate.

Wigmore Hall will process (audit, store, use, transfer, keep updated and destroy) applicants’ personal data in accordance with applicable data protection legislation and our Privacy Policy.

For any questions regarding the scheme or recruitment process, please contact Jess Moncur (Project Manager, Learning) on 020 7258 8269 or jmoncur@wigmore-hall.org.uk.