Job title: Ensemble in Residence at Reid School of Music, University of Edinburgh

Salary: Annual Honorarium of £8,000

Closing Date: Friday 15 March 2019

Job Description

The Reid School of Music at the University of Edinburgh is looking to appoint an Ensemble in Residence for a period of three years starting in September 2019. The ensemble will play a prominent role in the University’s vibrant musical culture, working with composition and performance students, and performing several high-profile concerts a year. We encourage applications from new and emerging, as well as established ensembles, and particularly welcome applications from ensembles with expertise in contemporary music performance, live electronics and computer music, opera, musical theatre, improvisation, community music, film, jazz/free jazz or folk genres.

The ensemble in residence will work across the School’s activities and should demonstrate in their application the ability and willingness to approach different styles and extend their current practice in experimental settings with staff and students. We regard this as a collaborative and discursive adventure and wish to work with the ensemble in attracting further funding to develop projects while the residency lasts. Please mention any areas of our research that attract you in your application.

The ensemble will be expected to deliver four workshops/masterclasses and to perform two concert events per year, with some focus in the latter on work that has been developed with students and/or staff at the School. Both workshops and concerts will be open to the public.

The ensemble in residence will receive remuneration of £8,000 per year. There will be scope for this to be augmented through additional projects and funding bids.

As well as financial compensation of £8,000 per year, ensembles will be able record and release music on our ReidID music label (, have access to high quality studio and recording equipment and other facilities. The University of Edinburgh has a wide range of venues from concert halls such as the Reid Concert Hall and St Cecilia’s Hall through to professional contemporary art spaces like Talbot Rice Gallery and the Old Fire Station at ECA. We would be glad to discuss other support as required to make the residency a success.

About the Reid School of Music

The Reid School is a diverse community with research and teaching spanning the spectrum of acoustics and audio technology, contemporary and experimental music practices, musicology, and music psychology. Practice-led activities include instrumental composition, arranging, improvisation, computer music performance and new interfaces, community music and instrumental performance of all kinds.

We run two undergraduate programmes, a BMus in Music and a BSc in Acoustics and Music Technology. Additionally, we run Masters programmes in Acoustics and Music Technology, Composition, Composition for Screen, Musicology, and Sound Design. We have three PhD programmes in Composition, Creative Music Practice, and Music. All of these programmes attract a diverse set of practitioners and theorists from around the world.

We run a vibrant lunchtime concert series and the annual Dialogues Festival, which is dedicated to new music.

We benefit from close connections with a world-leading collection of musical instruments based at St Cecilia's Hall, and work closely with colleagues in the Schools of Informatics and Physics. The Reid School is part of Edinburgh College of Art and is therefore connected to disciplines in Architecture, Art practices of all kinds, Art History, Digital and Analogue design approaches, and film/documentary making.

How to apply

Applications should include:

  1. A 2-page (font size 11 min., A4) proposal detailing what the ensemble might offer over the course of the residency. This should include a statement outlining how the ensemble’s aesthetic ethos would resonate with teaching and research at the Reid School of Music; suggestions for workshops; and a sample concert programme.
  2. An ensemble biography covering the main skill sets and expertise of the group.
  3. Examples (preferably online links) of recordings/performances by the ensemble.

For enquiries, please contact Martin Parker at

Applications should be made via email to by 5 p.m. on Friday 15 March.