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Full time accordion teacher job available in UK


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Nov 2, 2018
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Yorkshire UK
Dear Forum Members,

There is a job for a full time permanent classical accordion teacher in the UK. Please pass it on to anyone you know that may be interested in a full time teaching role so they can get further details from the contact below.

Many thanks!

Diocese of Leeds Music
Contract: Permanent
Location: Yorkshire

Join our award-winning team!

As our Schools Singing and Keyboard Studies Programmes expand there are now eight full-time positions for Choral Directors, Instrumental Tutors and Assistant Programme Directors available. Our Music Programme, recently recognised by a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society award, works with over 4,500 children weekly in schools across West and North Yorkshire. Our 18 after-school choirs provide outstanding choral opportunities for young people, including BBC broadcasts, tours and recordings, with high-quality organ, piano and classical accordion tuition available for all choristers and school pupils across the Diocese.

- Four Choral Directors
- Two Keyboard Tutors (Classical Accordion or Organ or Piano)

Starting salary £24,000
with pay scale rising to £29,000

- Assistant Director of the Schools Singing Programme
- Assistant Director of the Keyboard Studies Programme

Starting salary £27,500
with pay scale rising to £32,500

All roles require enhanced DBS clearance

For an application pack, please contact our Administrator, Jessica Shears: office@dioceseofleedsmusic.org.uk

Closing date: 22 February 2021

The Keyboard Studies Programme

The Keyboard Studies Programme was founded by David Pipe, previously Assistant Director of Music at York Minster, in 2016. There are currently five instrumental teachers in post, providing tuition in a family of related keyboard instruments (organ, accordion and piano). We are grateful to the Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation and a number of other trusts that provide bursaries so that all talented children in state education are able to receive lessons, irrespective of their financial circumstances.

We are seeking to recruit up to two full-time organ, classical accordion, and piano tutors and an Assistant Director of the Keyboard Studies Programme.


There are currently 30 organ pupils within the Programme. We have enjoyed notable successes so far: a recent student is currently a Cambridge Organ Scholar reading Music, and several others are now pursuing careers within the profession as teachers and performers. There are three university student Organ Scholars at Leeds Cathedral in addition to a Sixth-Form Scholar, each receiving regular tuition in solo performance and accompaniment. Students are given performance opportunities in the annual Leeds International Organ Festival. The Programme’s organ studies strand benefits from a close relationship with the Royal College of Organists and the University of Huddersfield. Plans are afoot to publish a new tutor book for beginner organists, with encouragement and inspiration as its driving force.

The Keyboard Studies Programme has access to an excellent selection of Diocesan instruments. In addition to Leeds Cathedral’s four-manual Klais organ, there are fine Skrabl instruments in St Patrick’s Huddersfield and St Joseph’s Bradford. For practice and additional teaching, the Cathedral Chambers facility has four small pipe organs and two digital instruments.

Classical Accordion

We would like to establish the largest and highest quality teaching school in the UK for the classical accordion. This modern instrument is relatively unknown in the UK. Its musical versatility and portability, however, make it ideal for more widestream music education, as has been achieved in Scandinavia and Asia. In addition, it is increasingly used in contemporary and experimental music. Owen Murray, Professor of Accordion at the Royal Academy of Music, has provided great support for this new initiative, and it is our hope that this new programme will enable children from the UK to study at the top international conservatoires. The Music Programme has a stock of 20 beginner piano accordions, six c-system free-bass accordions, a further 10 c-system converter accordions on order from Pigini in Italy, with a budget for additional instruments as required. There are currently 18 students studying accordion. The new tutor would be expected to lead the programme strand, increase the number of students, develop opportunities for ensemble playing (including choral accompaniment), produce a tutor book for the classical instrument, and establish a similar international profile for the accordion to that achieved by the Leeds International Organ Festival.


There is a growing number of piano pupils within the Programme, all taught at Cathedral Chambers on a fleet of modern Yamaha upright instruments. We strive to provide stimulating tuition in a variety of musical styles to pupils from beginner upwards. Many of our pupils progress to the highest grades, and our tuition provides an inspirational platform for them to pursue piano studies throughout their secondary education and on to university level.

Leeds International Organ Festival

Leeds International Organ Festival (LIOF), founded in 2018, brings artists of international standing to Leeds each summer, with weekly recitals on Leeds Cathedral's magnificent Klais organ at the very heart of the festival. Recent artists have included Ourania Gassiou (Megaron Concert Hall, Athens), Thomas Heywood (Melbourne, Australia) and Friedhelm Flamme (Vox Organi Festival, Germany). In addition these distinguished artists have led workshops for our young students, with classes from Winfried Bönig (Cologne Cathedral) and Gonny van der Maten (Soest, The Netherlands). Not restricted to classical repertoire, LIOF featured Van Morrison’s percussionist, Teena Lyle, in concert with David Pipe in 2019. Since 2020, the festival has also included the accordion, featuring some of the Royal Academy of Music’s prize-winning accordionists. In 2019 we welcomed Sir James MacMillan for an evening ‘in conversation’ with Richard Mantle of Opera North, and look forward to a similar event with Judith Weir CBE in 2021.

The Festival’s primary school organ day is central to our aspirations for young players. This summer, several hundred school children will come together in Leeds Town Hall for an exciting day filled with specially-curated organ music and hands-on introductions to the instrument.

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