Update 13/07/2021: Please note, the window for applications for this role has now closed

As the current Music Director, Ben Westerman, is re-locating to Berlin, Tonbridge Philharmonic Society is now actively seeking a new Music Director to take over in Autumn 2021, when we expect to resume in person rehearsals in some form. It should be a very special return for our members, as we are also planning to revive our delayed 75th birthday celebrations. Tonbridge Philharmonic Society has a thriving choir and orchestra at its heart, and the Music Director role is an appealing proposition for a candidate looking to make great music, lead vibrant performances, and chart ambitious repertoire for both choir and orchestra.

Building on a significant history, TPS has been enterprising and resourceful during 2020-21, continuing to gather together regularly and make music as best it can during lockdown. And the society is now enjoying a new association with the venerable Royal Philharmonic Society, inspiring our members by organising encounters virtual and real with noted solo musicians, such as Roderick Williams. We hope to have a ‘Come and Sing’ event in association with the Royal Philharmonic Society later this year.

“Tonbridge Philharmonic Society represents the very best of the nation’s leisure-time choirs and orchestras. We have loved meeting the team, and a host of Members on Zoom, and together they exude a winning team spirit and appetite for making music. We are sure the role of Music Director will be rich in possibility for the right candidate.” James Murphy, Chief Executive, Royal Philharmonic Society

The key responsibilities of the Music Director are:

  • Leading the choir and orchestra in their preparation for the schedule of concerts throughout the year;
  • Conducting performances;
  • Working with the Executive Committee in planning the repertoire and sourcing appropriate soloists;
  • Co-operating with the Marketing team in being available for media coverage in local press and on social media;
  • Developing and enhancing the standards for both choir and orchestra through challenging repertoire that builds on previous works performed.

This is a remunerated position, and the Music Director is paid for all rehearsals attended, concerts conducted, and time spent on other matters such as press interviews. The Society does not pay travelling expenses, but will provide local hotel accommodation after a concert if required. If you would like to express an interest in the role, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact the Society Secretary on or write to 16 Manor Close, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 8YB.

To download full information pack, job specification and for details on the interview process, please click on the link below:

TPS MD 2021