Revd Neil Summers
St John the Divine
We are looking for a skilled organist and choir director, who can work collaboratively and communicate effectively while offering clear leadership to our friendly four part adult volunteer choir of 10-12 singers.
The choir sing at the Sunday morning Sung Eucharist, which typically comprises a congregational Mass setting, four hymns, a responsorial psalm, a gospel acclamation and a communion motet. They occasionally sing at a midweek service for a feast day, and a couple of times a year may join a combined choir with the two other churches in the Richmond Team Ministry. They also sing at special services in the Christmas and Easter seasons, including the much appreciated annual carol service.
There are good musical resources to support the choir's wide repertoire, and a budget is available for new acquisitions. The parish has an online list of music, so that churches may lend to and borrow from each other when necessary.
The organ is a historically interesting Beale and Thynne instrument dating from 1896, maintained by Harrison & Harrison. We also have a grand piano and an electronic organ in church, as well as a portable keyboard.
A monthly schedule of music is produced in advance by one of our choir members, who is also a graphic designer.
The nature of the post is such that it could fit alongside other professional commitments, musical or otherwise. The main focus is the Sunday service at 11.00am, preceded by a choir rehearsal at 10.00am. There is no midweek rehearsal.
St John's is a welcoming and inclusive church in the modern liberal Catholic tradition, with the Eucharist at its heart. We have a very friendly, supportive and diverse congregation of people from various parts of the world and with a variety of church backgrounds.
The church has a car park, and is conveniently located just two minutes' walk from Richmond Station (Waterloo mainline, London Overground, District Line Tube and a number of bus routes).
The salary is in line with RSCM rates, and is currently £3554.
If you would like to explore the post further, or perhaps arrange a visit to try out the organ and have a conversation with the Vicar, please contact him by email, text or telephone to fix a mutually convenient time.