St George's Cathedral, Southwark
Westminster Bridge Rd,
Organ Scholarship at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark
1 September 2019 to 1 August 2020
St George’s Cathedral, Southwark is offering a one-year scholarship to an organist seeking to further his/her experience in the field of church music. This scholarship consists of:
£3,500 to be paid in increments as a monthly salary from September 2019.
£500 towards the expenses of organ music, study resources (e.g. books, CDs, tuition) attendance at concerts, and associated expenses (e.g. travel, subsistence). These expenses must be first agreed and then invoiced. The money will be added to the salary payments.
Free organ practice at St George’s Cathedral for up to three hours per week, to be arranged with the Cathedral’s diary in consultation with the Organist.
First refusal for extra organ playing that the Organist cannot undertake, including weddings and funerals, fees for which will be paid additionally to the Scholarship.
Experience and training in:
Accompanying masses and other services;
Administering the library of choral music.
Commitment: 6 hours per week in term time
To assist the Organist at the Sunday 10am mass either directing the choir or playing the organ. The first Sunday rehearsal for the 10am mass is 9am. This also includes Easter Sunday. The Organ Scholar is also needed for the Christmas morning 10am mass.
To be present for choir practices on Wednesday and Friday evenings from 5.30 to 7.00 either accompanying, rehearsing singers or doing general administration.
Occasionally conducting, playing or assisting the Organist at the console at the 11.30 Sunday mass, as required.
To do miscellaneous administrative tasks as requested, for example distributing and taking in music, photo copying or putting up music lists, etc.
To attend occasional meetings as required.
In exceptional circumstances absence may be granted.
This post is open to organists at any stage in their career.
The successful applicant will have:
A playing standard including sight-reading and transposition to at least Grade 8 (ABRSM)/ ARCO plus fluency in playing hymns.
The ability to learn music quickly.
Access to a computer, with fluency in Microsoft Word and the internet.
A responsible approach to all commitments, including excellent preparation and punctuality.
All job applicants are treated on an equal basis, without reference to their ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation or age. If the candidate is not Catholic, a general sympathy with the ethos of St George’s Cathedral will, however, be expected.
The successful candidate will be required to undergo an Enhanced DBS check.
About St George’s
St George’s Cathedral is the Roman Catholic Cathedral for the Archdiocese of Southwark. It has both a boys and a girls choir, supported by professional lay clerks. The Dean is Canon Richard Hearn. Mr Jonathan Schranz is the Director of Music and the Organist and Assistant Director of Music is Dr Frederick Stocken.
The 10am Sunday mass is in the style of a ‘Parish’ Mass, with a congregational mass setting.
The 11.30 Sunday mass is for full choir, either boys or girls, and is a more solemn mass, with some Latin, including Gregorian Chant.
The Builders: 1958 J. Compton. Three manuals, Electro-pneumatic action.
Candidates are invited to send a CV and covering letter outlining their suitability for the role to Sarah Wood, firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications should have information supplied under the following headings:
Full name, address(es), telephone numbers and email address;
Previous playing experience, including any church appointment;
Choir training experience
Other relevant experience
Contact details for two referees
The deadline for applications is Friday 3rd May.
Auditions and interviews will take place on Friday 17th May.