Musical Director

Roger Chantrelle

Roger joined Shannon Express in July 1979, having discovered barbershop at a Barbican show the week before. He was Shannon’s MD for 3 years in the mid-1980s before handing over to Jim Catt (who eventually led the chorus to its first Gold medal). In 2005 Roger again took over as MD until 2011. He is now in his third stint as MD. 

Roger was a BABs judge for several years and enjoys all forms of singing and flying light aircraft. He is a wonderful showman and entertainer and loved by audiences and chorus members alike.

Sadly, Roger has decided that he would like to step away from the MD role and he will leave very big shoes to fill. 


The requirements for the post of Music director are set out in the Job Description and the Person Specification. In making an application to be considered for the post you are asked to address how you feel you meet these requirements in a letter, accompanied by a CV. Applicants will be shortlisted, interviewed and asked to take part in a rehearsal.
Remuneration for this post will be negotiated with the successful candidate according to experience and scale of activities agreed.
Informal enquiries about the post can be made to the choir Chair, Mike Bacon: 07801910671,   
The closing date for applications is 31 March 2022. Please send your application letter and CV to the Chair.

  1. Audition and admit new members.
  2. Plan music programmes, including study days, in consultation with the Music Team selecting music and working within an agreed budget framework
  3. Develop the choir’s technical and performance skills
  4. Direct all weekly rehearsals
  5. Conduct concerts in accordance with the agreed schedule
  6. Oversee the production of concert programmes
  7. Attend Executive Committee meetings (approximately 6 per year)
  8. Deliver an annual report to the AGM
The Music Director will be expected to work within the policies agreed by the Committee, particularly in relation to safeguarding, to overall standards of performance, privacy, equal opportunities and health and safety.

E – essential D - desirable

  1. Clear and effective conducting technique - E
  2. Ability to guide and develop both chorus and individual vocal technique and performance skills - E
  3. Commitment to integrating new and younger singers into an experienced male voice choir - E
  4. Well-connected within choral music networks – E
  5. Experience of leading a choir of similar standard – D
  6. Imaginative approach to performance collaborations, contexts and programmes – D

  1. Ability to motivate the choir through their energy, passion and commitment - E
  2. Well-organised - E
  3. Good communicator, receptive to working collaboratively with choir members - E
  4. Able to work constructively in collaboration with the choir officers, Music Team and Executive Committee – E
These characteristics may be demonstrated through various means: statements in the application;
reviews of performances; videos of rehearsals, workshops or performances; blogs; recordings; at
interview; in the demonstration rehearsal