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Minster Minstrels Assistant

We are seeking an enthusiastic and professionally-minded individual, with experience of historically-informed instrumental performance and an interest in working with young people, to join the team for York's youth early music ensemble, the Minster Minstrels . The role is ideal for a current postgraduate or advanced undergraduate student, looking for fulfilling work experience as part of a well-established youth coaching ensemble, run in partnership between the National Centre for Early Music and York Music Hub.

Place of work:
York Music Centre, Millthorpe School, Nunthorpe Avenue, York YO23 1WF for weekly rehearsals, with occasional need to travel to other venues for special events.

Working schedule:
9.15am-1.00pm, every Saturday morning during school term times, across all three terms of the 2018-19 academic year (33 weeks in total, with details of exact dates available here). The Minster Minstrels Assistant will need to be contactable by the Ensemble Director between rehearsal sessions and will be asked to take on occasional transcription and arrangement duties, with support from the Director. The Assistant will also be required to attend up to five additional performance dates throughout the year, which may take place on evenings or at weekends.

The Minster Minstrels Assistant must:
  • Be an instrumentalist working beyond Grade 8 standard (with preference given to string players);
  • Have a passion for and practical experience of the historically-informed performance of baroque music (ideally the Assistant will be specialising in this area at degree level);
  • Have enthusiasm for developing skills in ensemble coaching and leadership;
  • Be punctual, reliable, well-organised and committed;
  • Be practically-minded, willing to take initiative and equally able to work under instruction;
  • Be a good communicator, particularly with young people aged 7-18;
  • Have, or be willing to obtain, an enhanced DBS check and additional safeguarding documents (CV, references, recent safeguarding training certificates and details of Public Liability Insurance), as per the NCEM Safeguarding Policy;
  • Be over the age of 18 with the right to live and work in the UK.
Roles and Responsibilities of the Assistant include:
  • Assisting with Minster Minstrels rehearsals, including practical set-up, playing alongside and encouraging participation, helping ensemble members to mark up their own parts, supporting individuals and taking sectional rehearsals, ensuring young people are kept safe and supervised;
  • Assisting with workshops, performances and educational outings, as above;
  • Communicating with the Ensemble Director and supporting occasional preparatory tasks such as arranging and transcribing music;
  • Supporting Minster Minstrels ensemble members to complete Arts Award qualifications;
  • Committing to your own professional growth and discussing training needs with the Ensemble Director and NCEM Learning & Participation staff.
Payment: £1,300 in total for the full academic year 2018-19, payable in three termly installments. This work is undertaken on a self-employed basis and the intern will need to be responsible for their own tax and National Insurance contributions. Travel expenses will be paid for work outside York.

To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter to NCEM Education Development Manager, Emily Crossland by 5pm, Monday 30 July 2018. Selected applicants will be called to interview during August.