St Mary Magdalene
The successful candidate should be of a decent standard in organ playing and show a willingness to learn. The prospective Organ Scholar should show good initiative and have excellent self-management and organisational skills. He/she should be a good team-player willing to work well with others.
The position of Organ Scholar involves assisting the Director of Music in all musical aspects of the services and rehearsals. There will be many opportunities for playing, conducting and contributing to the general running and organisation of the music department, which will include some work in managing the choir library. The scholarship can be designed to suit each candidate’s needs, focusing on conducting, playing, or a balance of the two.
The Organ Scholar may also sing when not playing or conducting. There will be a recital series as well as choral concerts. Scholars are encouraged to perform in these concerts.
Several festivals over the course of the year do not fall on Sundays including Advent and Christmas services, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week services, Ascension Day, etc. The Organ Scholar is expected to be available for these services with the exception of Midnight Mass/Christmas Day.
St Mary Magdalene Church, Richmond, seeks to appoint a Senior Organ Scholar for the academic year 2019-2020 (September till end of July), with the potential opportunity to continue for a second year by mutual agreement. The Organ Scholar receives an annual honorarium of £2,500 and generous extra fees for any weddings/funerals throughout the year. Music at St. Mary’s Music plays an integral role in worship at St. Mary’s. The church has a very able and enthusiastic robed SATB choir, supported by four paid Choral Scholars (SATB), which performs music covering a vast variety of musical styles from the Renaissance to the present day.
Typical Weekly Timetable
19.45 - 21.15
08.45 - 09.20
09.30 - 10.45
17.00 - 18.15
18.30 - 19. 30
Choir Rehearsal Morning Eucharist Choir Rehearsal Choral Evensong
This list is not intended to be exhaustive and the Organ Scholar may be asked to play at
other services on occasion.
Honorarium and Fees
The salary for the organ scholar’s position is £2,500 per annum. Should a Junior Organ Scholar be appointed, their salary would be £1,000 p.a. There are some weddings and funerals through the year at St. Mary’s and these attract an extra fee of £125/£150. The performances fee is doubled for services that are recorded. The Director of Music has first refusal for these extra services.
6 weeks’ holiday is permitted during the term of the scholarship by agreement with the DoM.
Application and Audition
The deadline for applications is 12noon, Friday 22 March 2019. Auditions will take place on Saturday 6 April 2019. To apply, candidates are asked to submit a complete CV along with a letter of application by email (preferable) or post to the Director of Music, Alexander Knight. Informal enquiries and visits to the church are most welcome.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to audition and will be asked to:
• Play two contrasting pieces chosen by the candidate:
- One by J. S. Bach;
- The other written after 1800.
• Play the final two verses of a hymn, provided on the day of audition;
• Play a short sight reading test.
www.stmarymagdalenechoir.co.uk and www.richmondteamministry.org