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Dear Applicant,

Thank you for visiting our dedicated recruitment webpage and welcome!

These are extraordinary times and so I must start by hoping that you and those you love are safe.  However, we recognise that that safety and health may now be in serious jeopardy and our thoughts are with you.  In respect of this situation and in responding to the challenges of the pandemic we have agreed to apply three basic principles: firstly to ensure the safety of all those with whom we work, secondly to disproportionately support those most affected and thirdly to try to make decisions that ensure that we are sustainable as an organisation and can continue to deliver high quality music education in the long term.  With these principals in mind, we have decided to go ahead with the recruitment for this critical post by using technology to aid our selection processes.

We aim to provide you with all the information about our music trust and current vacancy so that you have all the information that you require to enable you to make the best possible decision.

I am delighted and grateful that you have expressed an interest in joining our organisation.  Calderdale Music Trust believes everyone, regardless of their starting point or age, should have access to a high quality music provision, and that teachers should have the appropriate skills and confidence with which to teach it.

Calderdale Music Trust was established in 2015 and our aim is to raise the profile of music by developing our overall strategy for the music provision and in particular to increase the numbers of students participating in Music throughout Calderdale.  We are a young, rapidly improving and ambitious music trust.  We are very serious about building our reputation within this sector and we encourage all members of staff to contribute to this process.

The role of Principal will be directly accountable to the Board of Trustees and is to provide strategic leadership and direction to the trust, and the children, young people and families in the communities it serves, and to further develop and articulate the vision and ethos of the Trust.

We are seeking to appoint an individual who has a clear understanding of, and appetite for, a high level of accountability and will confidently lead the Trust by building on its many strengths and will fearlessly tackle areas of weakness.  We are especially keen to meet a visionary leader who will take it into the next phase of its development and growth.  The Trust are ambitious for pupils, staff, parents, and our local community to be proud of our Music Trust.  They, above all, want pupils to be; safe, happy, inspired, have an emerging love of music, and enjoy both learning and making music.  It is the responsibility of the trust as the lead of the Calderdale Music Hub, to ensure that all children have the opportunity to enjoy a rewarding and high quality education in music.  Our services also extend to adult learners whom we welcome at lessons and ensembles.

I hope that, having read through all the available information, you are keen to submit an application and look forward to receiving it.

If you would like the opportunity to visit, please email Rachel Wales, Resourcing Business Partner, who has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this key role (  For an informal, confidential conversation about the role please call Rachel on 01609 532597 / 07973 692529.

I hope you find the information provided useful and informative and that it will encourage you to apply

Yours faithfully,

Paul Brennan
Chair of Trustees

Why Music?

Music is all around us. It's not only an important part of the world in which we live today but also an important part of our wider cultural heritage. It is an exciting, expressive activity that allows you to develop the skills to create performances of great beauty and power. It is a good way to meet new friends through taking part in engaging, fun activities and is a skill that will stay with you throughout your life . . .

“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.” - Plato

For schools, music hubs, working at their very best, can challenge and support school leaders to bring the numerous benefits of a good music education to all pupils, not simply the few who choose, or who have the resources, to specialise in the subject or in a particular instrument.

Calderdale Music Trust (CMT) was established in May 2015, having previously been a part of the local authority and formerly known as Calderdale Music Service. Since the launch in 2015 the Trust has successfully grown, now employing approximately 35 independent music and voice tutors, including some more unusual and specialist instruments.

Our clients include schools and academies across Calderdale in both primary and secondary phases and the Special Educational Need (SEN) sector. We also serve families and individuals independently, providing tuition in music or singing to suit their requirements. We have established strong partnerships with a variety of organisations including the Local Authority.

Our service is highly valued by many parents;

"I wanted to say how much we enjoyed the concert. I have watched my boys do so many activities from ballet to rugby but last Tuesday was by far my favourite. Please say a huge thank you to Tony and the other tutors for all their hard work. What an incredibly talented bunch of students you have." - A grateful parent

As a Trust we have a Board of nine Trustees, which includes the Principal. These individuals bring a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm and they are fundamental to the success of the Trust.  CMT is the lead organisation for the Music Education Hub, delivering the National Plan for Music Education and receives funding from the Arts Council, schools and parental fees, in addition to some smaller scale grants.

Calderdale Music Trust provides an increasing range of opportunities for children and young people to make music in ensembles from beginner standard through to high levels. We have many centrally run ensembles based in two regional centres. These include orchestras, bands, guitar groups, jazz groups, samba group and a variety of others. We will develop additional ensembles in other areas to address the needs of communities, ensuring appropriate and wide ranging opportunities.

We support the important ensemble work that goes on in schools including: guitar ensembles; junior/senior bands and orchestra groups; recorder groups; rock/soul and funk bands; theatre groups; pop groups; and senior and junior choirs.

We hold a number of events throughout the year encouraging schools and individuals alike to join in and enjoy the fun of both making, and appreciating, music. We are also involved in organising conferences and tours and our aim is to widen participation in musicality across the Calderdale community in its entirety.

Our services are also extended to adult learners, whom we welcome at lessons and adult ensembles.

Calderdale Singing Initiative
Calderdale Music Trust is committed to giving every young person the opportunity to access a high quality singing provision. We firmly believe singing promotes teamwork, self-confidence and improved thinking skills with links to literacy, numeracy and many more subject areas.

CSI Halifax was formed in 2009 to entice adults back into singing and, in that, it has been extremely successful. No experience of choral singing is necessary – there are no auditions - but a sense of fun and the desire to rise to any challenge presented certainly are. The choir sings in four parts (SATB) so is open to both men and women and draws its repertoire widely from world and folk music, pop classics and staples of the classical repertoire.

Whole class instrumental tuition
This is a flexible and diverse opportunity where provision will be at least a term but in most cases a year. Whole class teaching is delivered by Calderdale Music Trust or commissioned by schools. The preferred delivery is where class teachers and specialist instrumental teachers work together, offering a well-planned and progressive experience with high expectations.

Workshops and celebrations
Calderdale Music Trust supplies schools with full day or half day workshops in a range of exciting musical activities. Popular choices include singing days and samba.

We run a variety of ensembles every week at the Halifax Music Centre, Heath Training and Development Centre, Halifax and at Todmorden CofE Junior and Infant School.

Rehearsals are weekly and take place during term time only and include:

  • Calderdale Youth Jazz Orchestra Adult String Group
  • Calderdale Brass Band Boulders Brass Band
  • Calderdale Youth Guitar Ensemble Saturday Stars
  • Calderdale Youth Wind Band Saturday Strings
  • West Calderdale Junior Orchestra Adult Wind Band
  • CSI Halifax (Calderdale Singing Initiative)
  • Calderdale Folk Group

Instrumental tuition
Calderdale Music Trust offer high motivated, effective and supportive instrumental tutors and specialist group/individual tuition on the following: all Stringed Instruments, Piano, all Woodwind Instruments, Guitar, all Brass Instruments, Keyboard, Singing and Percussion.

The staff within our trust are our greatest resource. They are incredibly committed, loyal and dedicated, and have the best interest of the pupils at heart. The way in which our Trust is organised and run is one that has been under some significant review. We have been driving improvements by providing a culture that is best exemplified by the phrase; ‘high challenge - high support’. Those who work with us will have access to high levels of support to help address the challenge that they face.

The new proposed staffing structure, which will come into effect September 2020 can be accessed here.

A particularly exciting development over the last few months has been the acquisition of the Creative Learning Guild (CLG).

This will formally be in place from the start of the new school year on 1 September 2020.  The CLG co-ordinate the 'local cultural education partnership' (LCEP) for Calderdale.  A network of more than 100 individuals and organisations who are passionate about using creativity to improve the lives of children and young people.

This acquisition will strengthen the work of the arts organisations across Calderdale bringing greater collaboration and coherence to creativity and arts education.

Calderdale Music Trust has an annual turnover of approximately £700K.  In addition, it is fortunate in the knowledge that this is stable and likely to continue for the foreseeable future.  It benefits from having a substantial reserve budget and is currently using some of that reserve to support vulnerable learners in the current crisis.  Full accounts for CMT can be accessed on the Companies House Website.

Whether you want to escape the hustle of the city, improve the opportunities for your family with safe communities and great education, or pursue your personal interests and hobbies...West Yorkshire has it all!

West Yorkshire is a metropolitan county of Northern England, and consists of five metropolitan boroughs: Calderdale, Kirklees, and the city of Bradford in the west and the cities of Leeds and Wakefield in the east. It has a population of approximately 2.2 million and is surrounded by breath taking valleys and the moors of the Pennines. The Peak District National Park is only a short drive away and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Nidderdale and the Forest of Bowland Areas of Outstanding Beauty are less than 90 minutes away.

There is lots to explore in West Yorkshire from music festivals to museums, art galleries, contemporary dining to quirky cafes, an outdoor swimming pool nestled in the middle of the Yorkshire countryside with the moors as its backdrop and a number of iconic towns to enjoy and discover. You’ll be amazed at all the incredible things you can do.

There really is everything to offer you and your family as a place to work, live and enjoy! Our history of strong educational attainment, safe communities, rich heritage and culture offer a variety of pastoral pursuits that makes Yorkshire a residence of choice.

Travelling further afield we have convenient connectivity to the M62 and M1, as well as the internal urban motorways in Leeds and Bradford. We border the counties of Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, North Yorkshire, and South Yorkshire with all they have to offer!

The Role

Calderdale Music Trust (CMT), Halifax, West Yorkshire 

Post:  Principal

Commencing:  September 2020

Contract Type:  Full Time

Salary:  £50,026 - £57,986  

Contract Term:  Permanent

What would you do with this rare opportunity to shape the direction of our Music Trust’s vibrant identity within the local and national community?

Calderdale Music Trust (CMT) seeks a dynamic and inspirational senior leader to build and lead this ambitious music service through its next chapter of growth to become nationally recognised as a best in class!

Our Music Trust has become increasingly well-established since its launch in 2015, building a large and varied client base and bringing together talented young musicians to perform and entertain at local and national concerts. Calderdale Music Trust is supported by over 35 highly qualified specialist music tutors, and offers a wide variety of music programmes for schools and individuals of all ages within the Calderdale region.

We are now in the exciting and enviable position where we are set to grow and further develop the Trust for the future by the acquisition of another charity; Creative Learning Guild. We are seeking to recruit an experienced, inspirational and exceptional Principal to increase capacity and sustainability within Calderdale’s musical community.

Our Opportunity
This is a pivotal time and therefore a pivotal role for Calderdale Music Trust and a unique opportunity for a creative and entrepreneurial individual with a proven track record in strategic leadership and operational management. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate vision, ambition and drive as well as a profound appreciation for the recent improvements of CMT.

Reporting to the Board of Trustees, and leading a dedicated senior leadership team of four, the Principal will be responsible for developing and implementing a strategy that further develops and builds CMT’s work leading to inspired programming and outstanding live performances.

The successful candidate will ensure that the provision of Music across the Trust is outstanding and everyone is engaged positively in learning. You will be an experienced professional, with experience of directing large musical ensembles and concerts. You will also have the ability to lead on all strategic and operational activities at Calderdale Music Trust and Calderdale Music Education Hub, enhancing the musical direction of the school, while leading and contributing to improving learning outcomes for children and young people.

Financially astute, you will also build partnerships, while delivering an outstanding educational music provision that is sustainable for the long term. In addition, you will promote our ethos and high expectations, while engaging positively and respectfully with our parent/carer/family community, ensuring we meet the needs of our pupils whilst promoting excellence. Above all else, you will have outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, and a passion for CMT’s mission.

This position represents a genuine opportunity to make a significant impact in our Music Trust, centred on providing excellence, we aspire for our children and young people to be outstanding in all that they do. You will need a real desire to achieve and the presence, ambition and expertise to deliver strong, clear leadership and vision.

In return, we can offer you:

  • A high level of support from staff and colleagues within Calderdale Music Trust.
  • A professional yet friendly and caring Trust, where all stakeholders work together for the benefit of the children and young people.
  • Motivated, dedicated staff and a committed, active and supportive Trust Board.
  • A Music Trust which support pupils to aspire to the very best, with a broad and innovative curriculum offer.
  • An opportunity to shape the future of our Trust and continued professional development.
  • The chance to accompany our talented musicians to high profile performances nationwide.

Calderdale Music Trust has an incredibly bright outlook and presents a unique professional development opportunity for the right candidate. For an informal, confidential conversation about the role, please call Rachel Wales who is supporting this recruitment process on behalf of Calderdale Music Trust and can be contacted at North Yorkshire County Council on 01609 532597 / 07973 692529.

We strongly recommend that you visit us so we can share with you why we are so proud of our Trust, allowing you the opportunity to see what we have to offer. If you would like the opportunity to visit, please email

Key dates:
Application Closing date: Midnight, Tuesday 19 May
Shortlisting: Thursday 21 May
Interviews: Wednesday 27 May

Supporting Documents
Person Specification
Job Description

When applying please take into account the following:

Supporting Information
The supporting information section of your application should clearly evidence your ability to meet the requirements we have outlined in the person specification. This will be used to shortlist applicants for this role and therefore it is imperative that you provide evidence as requested.

When completing your application, please provide two employment references.