Director of Music/Organist
Part-time post serving this friendly parish church - applications now invited
An opportunity for an enthusiastic, versatile and excellent musician to join a committed team leading worship in a Church of England parish with a strong musical tradition, following the retirement of our Director of Music/Organist.
St Andrew’s is a lively and welcoming parish church serving a village population of about 2,000 but with many of our members from neighbouring villages. We are about four miles south of Cambridge. Our 14th century church is in good order and we are financially secure. This website gives a good insight into the life of the church.
The main duties are to select appropriate music, rehearse the SATB choir, and play at services. Our weekly pattern of services is:
8 am Said BCP Holy Communion
9.45 am Sung CW Parish Communion - an All Age service once a month
Evening A variety of services including BCP Choral Evensong,
informal modern worship with a band,
Taize services and said CW Evening Prayer
In addition we celebrate all the major Christian festivals with services in our church and occasional services with other churches in the area. We are open to experimenting with different types of services and music.
We have a large collection of choral music. Our hymns and songs are mostly chosen from the New English Hymnal, New Hymns and Worship Songs, and Songs of Fellowship. We also use the online service SongSelect. Both the organ and piano are used during services. At major festivals and for All Age services, there is an ad hoc instrumental group. We are RSCM affiliated. Our congregation comes from a wide variety of backgrounds from Baptist to Roman Catholic.
Our choir is mostly adult. There are about 20 members on the books. At present the regular choir practice is on a Friday evening from 7-8 pm.
The organ has evolved over the years. It contains Willis pipe work from Malmesbury Abbey incorporated into the organ when it was enlarged and re-located in 1988. At that time a new console was sited on the south side of the choir. It is a good instrument and is regularly maintained. We also have a good quality Yamaha electric piano with an excellent range of capabilities.
As well as a fine service of Nine Lessons & Carols, there is a tradition of producing a significant choral work on Palm Sunday each year. This year the choir plus our occasional members sang Fauré’s Requiem with soloists from college choirs, accompanied by the organ and a small orchestra.
As well as being an excellent musician with experience of training a choir and playing the organ and piano in services, the post holder needs the skills, enthusiasm and drive to build up the choir and re-start our junior choir, which recently went into abeyance. The post requires a Christian commitment and an understanding of the Anglican tradition.
The church is frequently used for concerts by a variety of choirs and groups, for organ recitals and for private teaching, and subject to the needs of the church community the post holder would be welcome to pursue such opportunities.
The former post holder was self-employed and worked about 33 hours per month on average, paid a regular monthly sum based on the average hours worked, with fees for weddings and funerals in addition. The precise arrangements for the post are flexible and could include a contract of employment, for example on RSCM terms and rates, if preferred. Working hours outside Sunday services and festivals are flexible. Appropriate holiday arrangements will be incorporated by agreement.
Cover is available for those weddings and funerals at which the postholder is unable to play. The tasks to be covered will be clearly delineated, and only extended by mutual agreement and with appropriate remuneration. There is no restriction on where the postholder should live, provided that the job can be carried out.
Further details can be obtained from the Parish Priest, Simon Taylor.
Closing date for applications: Friday 28 June
Interviews will be held on: Friday 12 July 2019
The job specification is here.
The application form is here.
If you would prefer to have these documents sent by email, please ask.
As well as an application form and the provision of references, the recruitment process will include an interview and an opportunity to rehearse the choir and play at a Sunday morning service and meet some members of the congregation.
Recruitment will be according to the Diocese of Ely Safer Recruitment procedures. A confidential declaration, references for safeguarding purposes and a DBS check will be required. The post-holder will be required to complete appropriate safeguarding training after taking up the role.
Revd Dr Simon Taylor QC