Trainee Music Leader

Wigmore Hall is now recruiting for its Trainee Music Leader September 2024 – August 2025, a unique opportunity for a musician to develop their workshop leadership skills in the context of participatory music making events and projects across the Wigmore Hall learning and participation programme.

Application deadline: 9.00am, Wednesday 19 June 2024

About Wigmore Hall Learning

Since 1994, Wigmore Hall's renowned learning and participation programme has been giving people of all ages and backgrounds opportunities to take part in creative music making, engaging a broad and diverse range of people through in-person and online creative projects, concerts, workshops and resources.

We are passionate about the impact music can have on our lives and on our society, and three core values lie at the heart of our programme: care, collaboration and equity. We aim to embody these values through co-designing and leading inclusive music making that improves wellbeing by enabling and nurturing creative agency, self-expression and social connection.

We collaborate with a range of community, education, arts, health and social care organisations, working in partnership to engage people who have experienced trauma, isolation and marginalisation, and who face barriers to participating in creative arts activity.

About the Trainee Music Leader scheme

Our Trainee Music Leader scheme is a unique opportunity for a musician to develop their workshop leadership skills in the context of participatory music making events and projects, working with a diverse range of groups and settings through a structured learning programme. It is an 11-month scheme, based within the learning and participation department at Wigmore Hall.

This role is paid at an annual salary of £24,000 pro rata, working three days per week for 11 months. This equates to £13,200 over the period of the contract, and £1,200 per month (before statutory deductions).

For full details on the role please read the job description

Who can apply?

We would love to hear from you if you are a musician aged 18+ who is:

  • at the early stages of a career path in workshop leading
  • working in any genre and with any voice type, instrument or other musical specialism (including composition and music technology)
  • keen to gain experience in the facilitation and leadership of creative music making workshops

You must be eligible to work legally in the UK in order to take up this role.

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 job description

How to apply

If you would like to apply for this role please complete an application form here by the deadline above.

If you don’t have access to a computer/the Internet please contact Chiara Brokaw (Producer for Families, Young People & Pathways) on 0775355011.

If you prefer, you can also submit your answers to the questions on the application form via a video or audio recording; please include a link to an online video or audio file (on YouTube or similar) of no more than 15 minutes in duration, in the field provided on the form. If you also complete the optional diversity and equality monitoring form via video or audio recording, this should be provided via a separate link.

For any accessibility questions related to the application process please contact Chiara Brokaw (Producer for Families, Young People & Pathways) on 07775 355011.

The selection process

We are committed to inclusive recruitment practices, and take steps to ensure unconscious bias is minimised as far as is possible. Following an anonymised 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 interview.

There are two rounds of interviews for this post; the first round will be an interview (which will be held either in person at Wigmore Hall or online via Zoom – each candidate’s choice) on Thursday 4 July 2024, and at the second round we will ask candidates to help lead a short in-person workshop with a school group (in City of Westminster, London) on Friday 12 July 2024 (This date is tentative. We will follow up with candidates to notify them as soon as the date has been confirmed.)

We want to make the process as accessible as possible, so will provide shortlisted candidates with interview questions in advance so you can prepare before we meet, as well as any other information you need to participate in the interviews.

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 references and an enhanced DBS check (which we can issue for you), and the successful candidate 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 Chiara Brokaw (Producer for Families, Young People & Pathways) on 07775 355011.