The winner of the competition will become Calleva Assistant Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, working closely with the Orchestra in a supportive and inspiring environment. This is an excellent opportunity for a conductor of professional standard at the start of their career or about to leave post-graduate study to launch their conducting career at an international level.

Up to ten candidates will be invited to audition with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on Mon 15 & Tues 16 April 2024.

The appointment will start on Thursday 1 September 2024 for a period of 12 months, with possibility of extension for an additional 12 months.  The competition is open to entrants who are 35 or below on 1 September 2024.

The Calleva assistant conductor is expected to attend rehearsals, concerts and recording sessions.  For further information about the orchestra’s pattern of work please enquire before entering.

The Calleva Assistant Conductor is awarded a fee of £20,800 plus allowances.

Entering the Competition

To apply, please email;

  1. a web link to Youtube audio/visual footage showing at least 10 minutes of yourself conducting
  2. your CV (no more than 2 sides A4)
  3. a letter explaining why you would like to be considered for the role
  4. a scan of the personal details page of your passport or proof of right to work
  5. equal opportunities form to Pip Matthews, Planning and Artists Manager, at

Applications that do not contain all parts will not be accepted.

Closing date:  5pm on Thu 1 February 2024

Shortlist announced by Fri 1 March 2024

Auditions in Poole: Mon 15 & Tues 16 April 2024.

The position commences on Mon 2 September 2024

For any further questions about the competition, please email

Please see the Calleva Assistant Conductor description document for Duties and Competition Rules.