Musical Director (Nitten Canaries)

  • VO96106


Nitten Canaries is a brand new community singing group that meets in Newtongrange to sing for fun and enjoyment. Currently we have 6-7 members. We are expecting this to grow.
Whilst we are starting small, we are a happy, friendly group and greatly enjoy meeting to sing. At the moment the group does not intend to perform in public, but may be open to this further into the future.
The group name, 'Nitten Canaries', is reflective on Newtongrange Village's mining heritage and the shortform name by which the village is locally known. We would love to have a Musical Director who can help our group grow in confidence and ability and to have fun through singing.
Your role as Musical Director will be to direct the singers be open to the group's song choices and advise on what is manageable

Organisation aims and objectives

Newtongrange Development Trust (NDT) exists to build on the strong community spirit in Newtongrange. It grew out of 'Newtongrange Resilience Volunteers' which was established in early 2020 as a community response to the COVID pandemic. In late 2020 NDT was formally set up as a community development trust for Newtongrange village. NDT's mission is to: · Provide a focal point for our Newtongrange community. · Respond to economic, social, environmental and cultural needs. · Create and respond to opportunities that become available to the community. · Work in partnership with likeminded organisations for the benefit of Newtongrange · Listen to local residents and give our community a voice. · Develop community facilities and projects that impact on the quality of life for residents in Newtongrange. · Provide support to local community groups as necessary. · Lead initiatives that aspire to bring economic growth along with increased volunteering and employment opportunities to Newtongrange.










2.5 hours weekly

Frequency and commitment details

2.5 hours weekly


Experience required: We need someone with experience of singing group / choir management. You should be able to download backing tracks, direct the singers, be open to the group's song choices and advise on what is manageable.
Travel details: Newtongrange is served by Lothian Bus 29 from Dalkeith / Eskbank and Lothian Bus 48 from Gorebridge, Mayfield and Dalkeith. Dalkeith has connections to other bus services. Newtongrange has a train station on Borders Railway.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: We pay public transport rates and current milage rates. We pay other relevant volunteer expenses as appropriate.
Training details: You will be given an introduction to Newtongrange Development Trust and Nitten Canaries. Our Community Inclusion Worker usually attends the singing group and would be on hand. She may help obtain funding for group development.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer