Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes

Applications are invited for the post of Musical Director and Conductor. The post is available with effect from March 2017.

The Orchestra is one of the most distinguished flute orchestras in the UK, with a continuous history stretching back to 1938.  It currently has a membership of over 30 players.  It has been very successful over a number of years at numerous competitions.  Details of these, as well as other information, can be found on the orchestra’s website, the orchestra’s Facebook or Twitter page.

Rehearsals are held on Sunday evenings from 6 to 9 pm in the Lifestyles Centre, Carluke, ML8 4DP (

A wide range of instrumentation is used, including solo piccolo, 3 treble flutes, 12 concert flutes, 5 alto flutes, 4 bass flutes, 2 contr’alto flutes, 2 contra-bass flutes and 1 sub-contra alto flute.  In addition, there are 6 percussion players with an extensive set of instruments.  The overall standard of performance is high and as it is an inclusive organisation and players of all ages and abilities are welcomed.

The orchestra has a very large library of items, including classical works, musicals, film music, etc.

The pattern of performances is generally the Glasgow Music Festival and the orchestra’s Annual Concert in March, the SAFBA Spring Contest in May, the SAFBA Scottish Championship Contest in November and finally the orchestra’s Christmas Concert in December.  Other concerts are performed upon request.  The orchestra occasionally travels to Northern Ireland to compete in the North of Ireland Band competitions.

The confirmed calendar of events for 2017 includes the SAFBA Spring Contest on 13 May 2017, our own Annual concert in June and the SAFBA Scottish Championship in November 2017.

Applicants will be invited to conduct an item or items with the orchestra before a decision is made about any appointment.


Job Description

The appointee will help maintain the orchestra’s high standard of performance, giving guidance on technical and interpretative points as necessary.

He/she will further develop the range of styles of music to be performed.

The appointee may be encouraged to contribute further arrangements of music to the orchestra’s repertoire.  (Assistance with the use of Sibelius software will be available.)

The orchestra is managed by a committee of members, who will advise and assist the appointee as necessary.

The post carries an honorarium to be negotiated with the successful applicant, payable monthly in arrears.


Person Description

Applicants should have wide experience of performing and conducting with an orchestral group – preferably a flute orchestra or flute choir although not necessary.

The successful candidate will also be an inspirational leader and motivator, with the ability to communicate well in an inclusive learning environment.

He/she should normally have a graduate-level qualification in music.

The appointee must possess or be eligible to apply for a Disclosure under the terms of the Disclosure Scotland Act.



Applications should consist of a CV together with a statement of support and should be sent by email or to Mrs Lauren Serrels (address below). The names and contact details of TWO persons who are willing to provide references should be included.

For further details, or to make informal inquiries, please contact the CPOF Secretary, Mrs Lauren Kerr, 100 Low Waters Road, Flat 4, Hamilton, ML3 7QG (07947 955473),


The application deadline is 3rd March 2017.