Director of Music

Date Posted: Thursday 08 December 2022

Vacancy Type: Full-Time

Closing date for application: 12/01/2023

For September 2023, Cheltenham College is seeking a skilled and passionate individual to be our new Director of Music.

Music is central to life at College, and all members of the community are involved in some way. This ranges from singing hymns in Chapel, to performing concertos with the College Symphony Orchestra and everything in-between. Musical life is rich and varied, and all genres and styles are celebrated.

Students regularly continue their musical studies after College, and in the last 12 months students have been offered scholarships at Juilliard, Truro Cathedral, Exeter Cathedral, the Royal Academy of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Downing College Cambridge and Merton College Oxford. Two students have won Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year Competition in recent years and performed concertos with local semi-professional orchestras.

Cheltenham College is an All Steinway School, and boasts two Model D Concert Grand Pianos.  Generous Music Scholarships and Exhibitions are awarded each year at both 13+ and 16+, providing musical leadership at all levels throughout the school.

The Director of Music is responsible to the Head via the Deputy Head Co-curricular for the quality of students’ music-making at College and for leading our team of highly skilled Visiting Music Teachers. Equal attention is given to the excellence of the most talented musicians and to the creating of a culture of wide participation.

A full list of duties and further information on the department can be found in the job description.

Salary: College has its own salary scale above the national average.

How to apply

Please download an application form and, once complete, send with covering letter, electronically, to:

Closing date: 12 noon prompt, on Thursday, 12th January 2023


Long list interviews will be in the week commencing: 16th January 2023

Short list interviews will take place in the week commencing: 23rd January 2023.

Cheltenham College and Cheltenham College Preparatory School are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and we expect all staff to share this commitment.  This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974; pre-employment checks will be carried out, references will be sought and successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and other relevant checks with statutory bodies. When applying, please ensure you have read the following policies and guidance: Recruitment Policy, Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and Filtering Rules for Cautions and Convictions which are available on our website.

The Cheltenham College Privacy Notice for Staff is available on our website.

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from suitably qualified individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships. We encourage all candidates to ensure that we are aware of your particular requirements should you be invited to interview.