Revd Neil Summers
Church of St John the Divine
St John's welcomes applications from friendly, capable and enthusiastic organists, with choir directing capability, to start this autumn.
The main focus of the post is the weekly Sunday morning Sung Eucharist at 11.00 a.m., preceded by a choir rehearsal at 10.00 a.m. There is no regular midweek rehearsal. There is also the occasional weeknight feast observance (though some are transferred to the nearest Sunday) and some special services around Christmas.
Two or three times a year, the three churches in the Richmond Team Ministry come together for a Team service, specifically the feasts of Candlemas and Christ the King. These services rotate around the three churches in the parish from year to year, as do the major services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Dawn, and also the Choral Evensong prior to the Annual Parochial Church Meeting. A willingness to work collaboratively with other musicians in the parish from time to time would therefore be an asset.
There may also sometimes be an opportunity to play for weddings and funerals. You would always be given first option, though there are other organists we could call on if that is not a possibility.
The ethos of St John's is liberal and inclusive. The liturgical style is modern Catholic - formal, though not stuffy - centred on the celebration of the Eucharist. We have a diverse and friendly congregation who really appreciate the part that music plays in worship.
The organ is historically interesting, built by Beale and Thynne in 1896, and maintained by Harrison and Harrison. There is also a concert-standard grand piano in the church, as well as an electronic organ and a portable keyboard.
The loyal, committed and capable four-part choir of 10-12 singers has a wide repertoire and good musical resources (which may be supplemented through a music budget). The three churches have access to a common music database, meaning that music can be lent or borrowed between them.
This post could potentially work very well alongside other work and/or musical commitments. The annual leave entitlement is five weeks, and the salary offered is in line with RSCM rates.
If you are interested in exploring the job further, please contact the vicar by email or mobile telephone, or you are very welcome to come to the church to try out the organ and discuss things in more detail.