Revd Neil Summers
St John the Divine
While we are seeking a permanent Director of Music, the requirements of the post are such that it could potentially fit alongside other existing work or musical commitments. The main focus is the Sung Eucharist on Sundays at 11 o'clock, preceded by a choir rehearsal at 10 o'clock. There is no midweek rehearsal.
There are occasionally other services, e.g. some Feast Days, such as Corpus Christi and The Blessed Virgin Mary, and extra services in the Christmas and Holy Week/Easter seasons. A typical service will include pre- and post-service organ music, four hymns, a congregational Mass setting, a responsorial psalm, a Gospel acclamation and a communion motet.
St John's is fortunate in having a capable four part adult choir averaging 9-12 singers on any given Sunday. The choir do not robe, but do sit in the choir stalls in the sanctuary for services. Their repertoire is varied and there are excellent musical resources.
The historically interesting pipe organ was built in 1896 by Beale and Thynne and is under the maintenance of Harrison and Harrison. There is a CCTV monitor to assist the organist. The church also has a concert grand piano, an electronic organ and a portable keyboard.
We are looking for a skilled musician who is a competent organist, can work collaboratively and also relate in a friendly and supportive way to the choir and also the wider congregation.
St John's is conveniently located two minutes' walk from Richmond mainline, London Overground and District Line Tube station, and on a number of bus routes. There is a car park in the church forecourt.
The church community is diverse, welcoming, friendly and inclusive. St John's theological and liturgical ethos is modern liberal catholic, with the Eucharist at its heart, and the musical tradition is very much appreciated by the congregation. The liturgical style is fairly formal (vestments, candles, bells and incense) though not - we hope - stuffy!
The church has a fine acoustic and is quite often used for concerts by orchestras and choral societies.
If you'd like to explore this post further, or perhaps arrange a visit and conversation, please contact the vicar.
Tel: 020 8332 1838 or 07540 974702