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Cuppa & A Chorus Assistantship

Cuppa and a Chorus Assistantship

A voluntary assistantship, offering valuable practical experience for a community music specialist or singer, interested in working with a community singing group.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and professionally-minded singer, with experience of community music practice or leadership and an interest in arts and health, to join the team for NCEM's monthly singing session Cuppa and a Chorus. The role is ideal for a current community music postgraduate or undergraduate student, looking for fulfilling work experience as part of a well-established community singing group, run by the National Centre for Early Music.

What is Cuppa and a Chorus?

Cuppa & A Chorus offers an opportunity for people to sing in a relaxed environment and enjoy a cup of tea, a piece of cake and a friendly chat! Participants do not need to read music or have any previous experience, just a desire to find their own voice and meet like-minded people. Sessions are led by experienced community musician, Chris Bartram, who guides the group through a variety of music from around the world. To find out more about Cuppa and a Chorus please follow this link to our webpage.


National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret's Church, Walmgate, YO1 9TL.


The assistant will be required from 1.30pm - 4.30pm at these sessions, with further dates extending into Spring/Summer 2020:

  • Monday 14th October
  • Monday 11th November
  • Monday 16th December
  • Monday 24th February
  • Monday 30th March

The assistant must:

·Have experience of community music and/or singing groups;

·Have enthusiasm for developing skills in choral leadership and community music;

·Be punctual, reliable, well-organised and committed;

·Be practically-minded, willing to take initiative and equally able to work under instruction;

·Be patient and a good communicator, particularly with participants living with dementia or other mental health illnesses. Ideally the assistant will have had some experience, or worked with, these participant types.

·Have, or be willing to obtain, an enhanced DBS check and additional safeguarding documents (CV, references, recent safeguarding training certificates) 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 sessions, including practical set-up, leading warm ups, singing alongside participants and encouraging them.

·Communicating with the session leader Chris Bartram and NCEM.

·Committing to your own professional growth and discussing training needs with session leader Chris Bartram.


This work is undertaken on a voluntary basis and therefore no fee will be paid.

To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter to NCEM Learning and Participation Manager Lottie Brook ( ) by 5pm, Monday 2nd September 2019.

Selected applicants will be called to an informal interview in September.