Calderdale Music Trust

Music Leader - Calderdale Music Trust


Dear Applicant,

I am delighted that you have expressed an interest in joining our organisation. Calderdale Music Trust believes everyone (young children through to adults) should have access to high quality music provision and that teachers should have the appropriate skills and confidence with which to teach it.

We aim to raise the profile of music by developing our overall strategy for music provision and in particular to increase the numbers of students participating in Music throughout Calderdale.

This newly created post will have a key role in embedding a framework of training to support delivery of high quality music provision in schools throughout Calderdale as well as contributing to the strategic development.

Calderdale Music Trust was established in 2015 and this is an exciting time to join us. We are a young and vibrant music trust delivering an outstanding provision. We continue to build on our excellent reputation within this sector and we encourage our additional member of staff to contribute to this process.

The successful candidate, who we would like to commence from 1st September 2019 if possible, will have a clear vision for the future and will provide the required expertise and knowledge in successfully leading vocal ensembles by raising the standard of performance and helping to develop confident young learners and adults.

It is the responsibility of the trust, shared with similar organisations throughout the country, to ensure that all school pupils have the opportunity to enjoy a rewarding and valued education in music. Our services also extend to adult learners whom we welcome at lessons and ensembles.

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.

We are a friendly and supportive organisation and our staff are pivotal to our success. As part of the selection process there will be individual assessments and an interview for this post, and before submitting your application we strongly recommend that you visit our offices to learn more about the Music Trust.

To arrange a visit, please email either or or, alternatively, telephone either on 01422 303060 in order to make an appointment.

For an informal chat about the role, please contact either Kevin, or David, on the above number.

The person specification contains the criteria that the selection panel will use in the shortlisting process for the post – please address these specifically within your application.

I hope you find all the details that you need within the applicant pack. If, however, any additional information is required please do not hesitate to contact either myself or David on the above number.

Yours faithfully,

Kevin Rivett
Director, Calderdale Music Trust

‘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

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 . . .

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 was established in May 2015, having previously being integrated within the local authority and formerly known as Calderdale Music Service. Since the launch in 2015 the Trust has successfully grown, now employing approximately 30 independent music and voice tutors, including some more unusual and specialist instruments such as the ukulele.

Our clients include Schools across the area of Calderdale, including LA maintained, academies and independent across the Primary, Secondary and Special Educational Need phases. 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, through whom we gain many referrals. Our service is highly valued by parents and we are pleased to provide fulfilling and enjoyable activity;

"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 seven Trustees, including the current Director. These individuals bring a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm and they are fundamental to the success of the Trust. The Trust receives funding from the Arts Council, in addition to some smaller scale grants, however our longer term vision is to build our sustainability by becoming a non-for-profit organisation.

Calderdale Music Trust provides 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.

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 C of E Junior and Infant School.

Rehearsals are weekly and take place during term time only.

  • 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                                                           Percussion


Music Leader

37 hours a week (term time plus 10 days) - if appropriate, Job Share will be considered

Salary range: £30,153 - £33,437 (pro rata)

This is a permanent position, which we would like to commence from September 2019

Music is an important part of life and supports the promotion of health and wellbeing in relation to physical and psychological benefits. Calderdale Music Trust is seeking to recruit an experienced, inspirational and exceptional practitioner to increase capacity and sustainability within Calderdale’s musical community.

Calderdale Music Trust, supported by over 30 highly qualified specialist music tutors, offers a wide variety of music programmes for schools and individuals of all ages within the Calderdale region. This role, which is newly created, will further support the development of our music strategy which is a key strand of our provision.

This position is full time (term time only plus 10 days) although a degree of flexibility is required to include some evening and weekend sessions and the precise configuration of hours to be worked is negotiable with the CEO of the Music Trust. Teaching will account for up to 80% of the role.  

The successful candidate must have:

•  Experience in leading ensembles and large scale musical events
•  Up to date knowledge of developments in national strategies
•  The ability to build successful relationships with stakeholders

and in return will experience:

•  Flexibility to manage their own workload
•  Whole hearted support from an experienced Trust Board
•  Encouragement in accessing training and development opportunities

To find out more about Calderdale Music Trust and this specific role, you should visit our website, which is, and you are also strongly advised to visit our office.

Visits can be arranged by telephone on 01422 303060 or alternatively by contacting either:

Kevin Rivett (CEO of the Music Trust) at

or: David Heywood (Deputy Manager) at

For an informal chat about the role, please contact either Kevin, or David, on the above number.

Calderdale Music Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers and contractors to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS check will be required for all relevant posts.

Key documents:

Person Specification

Job Description

How to Apply

To apply, click on the button bellow which will take you to the NYCC website. You should complete and submit the application form available on this site. Please note your application must be made on the supplied application form. CVs will not be accepted and should not be submitted with your application. 

When applying please take into account the following:

Supporting Information

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


Please provide details for 2 employment referees.

Key Dates

Closing date: Monday, 6th May 2019 (Midnight)

Shortlisting: 7th & 8th May 2019

Interviews: Week commencing 13th May 2019

Start date: 1st September 2019

Calderdale Music Trust