St Mary le Strand
Music Scholarship Programme 2022-23
The newly reopened church of St Mary le Strand, located in Central London, is offering two music scholarships for the academic year 2022-2023. These scholarships, funded by the Mercers’ Company, are open to students from all universities and colleges in London.
Duties will primarily fall on Wednesdays during term time, between 4pm - 7pm, with the prospect of additional weddings, concerts and broadcasts throughout the year.
Please note: There is no expectation of a regular Sunday commitment, so it may be possible to undertake this scholarship alongside duties at other churches.
Musical Director Scholarship:
Believed to be the first of its kind in the country, this scholarship will offer the successful applicant the opportunity to work with the Director of Music at the church who, having worked in cathedrals for several years, also trained as an opera singer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, as well as Musical Director of several West End Shows.
The role is one of being an Animateur for the St Mary le Strand Student Choir, and duties will include all elements of musical direction: sharing the conducting of the choir, choir training, chorister recruitment, under the guidance of the Director of Music. Now in its second year, our Student Choir is open to all students. In its first year it was made up primarily of choral scholars from King’s College London, but that we are looking to expand our reach. It is hoped that the new Musical Director Scholar will assist in recruiting singers from other universities and colleges. Please note that the successful applicant will not require any instrumental skills, the previous incumbent having been a choral singer.
Both pianists and organists may apply. Please note that the church has recently acquired a new Steinway B concert piano from Steinway Hall. It is believed that this is the finest piano in residence in any London church, and is already generating considerable interest on the London music scene. We have also acquired a fine two manual harpsichord.
There is also currently a Viscount digital organ which is soon to be replaced. A serious organ fund is being set up, to replace both the digital organ, and the pipe organ that was ‘temporarily’ removed in 1948.
Commitment for this scholarship will include rehearsing for and playing at services throughout the year.
It is also hoped that the successful applicants will wish to participate in our exciting new concert series. With a host of concert pianists performing every Friday on our new Steinway throughout the Autumn and into the Spring, as well as a new Theatre Company taking up residence, coupled with various new choirs (one from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama) and a chamber orchestra made up of musicians from the Royal Opera House, all of whom are now making St Mary le Strand their concert home, this is an exciting time to join us.