Derby Arts and Theatre Association DATA
New Opera Company seeks Musical Director

New Opera Company, Derby is seeking to appoint a Musical Director following the retirement in June 2020 of Miss Margaret Slater who has conducted and guided the Company very successfully for many years.

Formed in 1959, New Opera Company, Derby is an enthusiastic and friendly group of singers with the aim to provide opportunities for all persons to enjoy singing or performing grand opera or operetta locally, either on stage or in concerts. The company rehearses in St Augustine’s Community Centre, at Normanton Library, Derby on Wednesday evenings and performs at venues in Derby or in Derbyshire and neighbouring counties.

The Company now presents four concert performances in the summer and two in the winter at varied venues attracting enthusiastic audiences. Recent programmes have included excerpts from: The Marriage of Figaro, The Bartered Bride, Merrie England, West Side Story and The Phantom of the Opera. We have a regular, well qualified accompanist and a deputy when needed.

We are looking for someone who can demonstrate an excellent conducting and rehearsal technique, including the ability to lead and, critically, to develop the skills of a group with varied singing abilities and experiences. Candidates should have a wide knowledge of suitable repertoire including Opera, Operetta and Musical Theatre and be willing to share in selecting concert programmes. The post requires good personal skills for maintaining a co-operative, encouraging, working environment, with all in the company including, the Music Committee and the Accompanist.

We are seeking to appoint someone with plenty of enthusiasm, commitment and a willingness to share in our ambition for the company to grow by attracting new members, especially younger singers. For more details or an application form please contact the above email address or telephone number. At a later stage selected applicants will be invited to conduct a Wednesday evening rehearsal.

Contact us for further information via email to or on telephone number 01332 557096.