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Festivals Administrator Position Available

Posted on: Monday, 30th July 2018 @ 3:22pm

West Cork Music is seeking a Festivals Administrator to assist Finance Manager with accounts and box office and with added responsibility for coordinating subscriptions and tour groups

UPDATE: Deadline has been extended to Monday 20 August

The main role of the Festivals Administrator will be to support the Finance Manager with day-to-day company accounts and box office duties with additional responsibility for coordinating the Festival Friends subscriptions and managing visits by tour groups to the West Cork Chamber Music Festival.

Applicants for this post should have their own transport, a full driving licence and be prepared to be based in West Cork. Initially the contract will be for 3 years starting in September with a six-month probationary period. Starting salary will be dependent on qualifications.

Hours of work are normally 9am to 5pm that is 35 hours per week with one hour for lunch. Holidays are 21 days/year plus all Public Holidays.

Closing date for applications will be 10am Monday 20 August. Short-listed applicants will be interviewed within a week.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

  • A range of day-to-day book-keeping duties including everyday use of TAS Books accounting system.
  • Assisting with weekly/monthly computerised payroll requirements
  • Maintaining WCM’s box office booking system
  • Taking bookings by phone/in person. Administrating box office at each venue during the festivals.
  • Generating geographical and festival analysis reports from raw data
  • Liaising with existing and prospective European tour groups
  • Managing, developing and growing West Cork Music’s Friends and Donors schemes
  • Assisting with logistics for the three festivals with Festival teams
  • Updating West Cork Music’s web-site as required
  • Assisting with developing social media streams
  • General office duties as required

The following qualifications and skills are necessary:

  • Relevant third level qualification or minimum 2 year recent related experience
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite
  • Excellent IT skills to include ability to update web sites and social media platforms
  • Knowledge of TAS Books or similar accounts package and payroll
  • Strict attention to detail
  • Ability to work to multiple deadlines while part of a team and on own initiative
  • Willingness to work unsocial hours
  • Proven track record

 

Applicants should submit a detailed current CV, with two referees and a thoughtful cover letter setting out the qualities they could bring to the role. Applications by e-mail to grace@westcorkmusic.ie by 10am on Monday 20th August.

Note: We also have a Programme Coordinator Position Available. Find out more here.

Programme Coordinator Position Available

Posted on: Friday, 27th July 2018 @ 2:50pm

West Cork Music is seeking a Programme Coordinator for the West Cork Chamber Music Festival

UPDATE: Deadline has been extended to 10am Monday 20 August

The main role of the Programme Coordinator will be to work with the CEO in the programming and organisation of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, including the extensive reporting and application requirements of multiple funding bodies. The West Cork Chamber Music Festival consists of nearly 80 events over ten days including 40 concerts featuring major international artists, twenty masterclasses, an exhibition by instrument makers, interviews and talks.

Applicants for this post must have their own transport, a full driving licence and be prepared to be based in West Cork. Initially the contract will be for 3 years starting in September with a six-month probationary period. Starting salary will be dependent on qualifications and experience.

Hours of work are normally 9am to 5pm that is 35 hours per week with one hour for lunch. Holidays are 21 days/year plus all Public Holidays.

Closing date for applications will be 20 August 2018. Short-listed applicants will be interviewed within a week.

Main Duties & Responsibilities

  • Produce and process all correspondence and contracts for artists involved in the West Cork Chamber Music Festival.
  • Liaise with agents and musicians and organise travel and accommodation as appropriate
  • Monitor and provide evaluation and documentation of events, in line with funders’ requirements.
  • Contribute to updating of website and social media
  • Manage the planning and coordination of logistics for the West Cork Chamber Music Festival
  • Manage the Festival archive
  • Support Festival Director and team in meeting multiple deadlines
  • Plan and coordinate the administrative and logistical requirements for meetings, workshops and events
  • Assist CEO in developing opportunities to attend national/international concerts/festivals.

The following qualifications and skills are necessary

  • Relevant third level qualification
  • Relevant knowledge of classical music, in particular chamber music
  • Proficiency in computer packages, managing Excel spreadsheets and contracts with a strict attention to detail
  • Excellent IT skills to include ability to update web sites and social media platforms
  • Ability to work to multiple deadlines both as part of a team and on own initiative
  • Proven track record of the above
  • Willingness to work unsocial hours

Applicants should submit a detailed current CV, with two referees and a thoughtful cover letter setting out the qualities they could bring to the role. Applications by e-mail to coomkeen@westcorkmusic.ie by 10am 20th August.

Note: We also have a Festivals Administrator Position Available. Find out more here.

Thank You!

Posted on: Thursday, 26th July 2018 @ 2:59pm

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's West Cork Chamber Music Festival. See you all next year!

Festival Highlights

Posted on: Tuesday, 03rd July 2018 @ 2:01pm

We're delighted with the fabulous video footage we're getting this year from Nicola Sersale. We hope you love it too. We'll add to this new item as more videos come in - watch this space!


Saturday 30th June, 2018 West Cork Chamber Music Festival

Enjoy this short series of clips of scenes from the first full day of our 2018 West Cork Chamber Music Festival.

Included are shots of Peter Spissky taking a masterclass with Westland Baroque; Apollon Musagete Quartet performing at the Crespo Series concert; our Violin Making Exhibition; and shots of Bantry House and Bantry town.


Sunday 1st July, 2018 West Cork Chamber Music Festival

Our filmmaker Nicola Sersale captures the magic of London Chamber Brass on Garnish Island, the Young Composers' Forum, Lyudmila Shkirtil and Camerata Øresund in the Coffee Concert and more.


Monday 2nd July, 2018 West Cork Chamber Music Festival

See Ruby Hughes, Mairéad Hickey, Christopher Marwood and others as well as shots of Bantry Bay, St Brendan's Church and Bantry House.


Tuesday 3rd July, 2018 West Cork Chamber Music Festival

See if you can spot Caroline Melzer, Mark Padmore, Nurit Stark, Peter Spissky, Elias Quartet, Julius Drake, instrument makers and many more.


Wednesday 4th July, 2018 West Cork Chamber Music Festival

Our filmmaker, Nicola Sersale, captures the instrument makers, Quatuor Danel, Niek de Groot in conversation with Evelyn Grant, Lyudmila Shkirtil, Yuri Serov, Festival strings, Mark Padmore, Elias Quartet and lovely shots of our audience, Bantry and the surrounding area.


Thursday 5th July, 2018 West Cork Chamber Music Festival

Bantry Bay and town in the sunshine, Voice with West Cork choirs, Ella van Poucke, Christopher Marwood, Lyudmila Shkirtil and Yuri Serov, as well as the people - and ducks - of Bantry!



Video Credit: Nicola Sersale

Our Festival ran from 29 June - 8 July 2018. We'll be back in 2019, from Friday 28th June to Sunday 7th July - for more information, watch this space.

 

Further Programme Change - Concert 40

Posted on: Sunday, 01st July 2018 @ 3:49pm

WEDNESDAY 4 JULY

40 COFFEE CONCERT – ST BRENDAN’S CHURCH

The musicians for this concert have already been changed twice. Unfortunately we are now obliged to change both musicians and programme. The Festival is most grateful for all the generous cooperation and collaboration of all the musicians involved.

Mozart Flute Quartet in D major K.285 will proceed with Fiona Kelly, Liana Gourdjia, Piotr Szumiet and Andreas Brantelid.

The Mozart Divertimento in E flat K563 is however cancelled as, despite finding a replacement viola it proved impossible to readjust schedules to provide sufficient rehearsal time for such an important and complex work.

Instead Quatuor Danel will play Beethoven Quartet No.1 in F major Op.18/1 followed by the Irish premiere of a recently discovered miniature by Mieczyslaw Weinberg Improvisation and Romance for String Quartet.

So the full programme for Event 40 will now be

  • Mozart Flute Quartet in D major K.285 Fiona Kelly, Liana Gourdjia, Piotr Szumiet and Andreas Brantelid.
  • Beethoven Quartet No.1 in F major Op.18/1 Quatuor Danel
  • Mieczyslaw Weinberg Improvisation and Romance for String Quartet. Quatuor Danel

Francis Humphrys, Festival Director

1 July 2018