Perry Kitchen (Churchwarden)
The Parish church of St Mary the Virgin
Mortlake High Street
St Mary the Virgin, Mortlake, seeks to appoint a Director of Music commencing October 2020. The remuneration is £8,000 p.a. payable monthly, and there is the possibility of extra fees for weddings or funerals.
Music plays an integral role in worship at St. Mary’s. The church has a small but able and enthusiastic robed SATB choir, both adults and children, which sings music covering a vast variety of musical styles from the Renaissance to the present day.
In addition, the St Mary’s Band plays at the monthly all-age Worship for All services. In September and March, these services celebrate Harvest Festival and Mothering Sunday. The Band, which is currently organised by another member of the choir, comprises a mix of orchestral instruments, piano, and bass and rhythm guitars.
Recently a children’s choir has been formed, which sings enthusiastically at the monthly all-age Worship for All services. Currently this is also organised by the same person that runs the band.
A typical Sunday Eucharist will contain a voluntary before and after the service. Along with the hymns, the choir normally sings an anthem and a psalm (Anglican chant), as well as a congregational mass setting.
At Worship for All services, the band accompanies all the hymns (which are a mix of traditional and modern) and the mass setting; and plays an instrumental piece during communion (usually an anthem transcription), plus music before and after the service. The children’s choir sings with all the hymns and performs a song during communion.
The church is a particularly beautiful Grade II* listed building close to the River Thames in Mortlake, with an award-winning churchyard, and is an inspiring place to work.
The St Mary’s organ is a 3 manual 1899 instrument by Hill & Sons, designed by Dr CS Jekyll and incorporating some pipework from the previous 1840 William Allen organ. For many years it has been in the care of BC Shepherd & Sons, and Stewart Fothergill Ltd. There is also a Brinsmead (c. 1910) grand piano in the church.
The choir can currently be heard, recorded virtually, in recent services posted on the St Mary’s website.
The Director of Music’s brief will be to:
1. Enrich the worship at St Mary’s through music
2. Grow the choir and repertoire
3. Develop the children’s choir
4. Help to develop the band
5. Develop links with schools and community groups
The regular commitment is one morning service per week (with rehearsal beforehand) and one choir practice per week. There are additional services at Christmas, Easter, and on St Mary's Day. For a full job description, please contact Perry Kitchen (Churchwarden and acting DoM) for details. firstname.lastname@example.org