Search for a new MD commences

Reading Phoenix Choir (RPC) has begun its search for a new music director to replace David Crown, who is leaving after six very successful years to succeed Nicholas Cleobury as music director of Oxford Bach Choir.

Since his appointment in spring 2010, David has directed the choir in dozens of concerts, led RPC on tours of Yorkshire, Cardiff and Cork, and guided the choir in new initiatives including workshops with young choirs, the carol service in Reading Minster and the annual Come and Sing.

David commented:

Reading Phoenix Choir is without doubt one of the finest amateur choirs in the UK and I am extremely sad to be leaving them after six exciting and stimulating years. They are a wonderfully friendly group of hard working singers, performing a wide range of repertoire to universal acclaim. I cannot say how much I have enjoyed my time at the helm of this tremendous group.

Gill Leishman, chair of RPC added:

The choir has benefited enormously from David’s appointment as our music director six years ago. Although we are sad to see him go, we are looking forward to the next stage of the journey and are excited by the idea of a new leader to continue the development of this amazing choir.

Applications are invited from accomplished conductors with a strong track record in directing adult mixed-voice choirs. They will be inspiring and energetic, engaging and committed, and excited by the prospect of leading this excellent group of singers.

The full job description can be downloaded here. The closing date for applications is Monday 23 May. Auditions and interviews will be held in June and July.

For further information about RPC, visit Questions regarding the vacancy can be sent to