Canon Jo Stoker
St Michael's Church, Church Square, Basingstoke RG21 7QW
St Michael’s Church in the Basingstoke Team Ministry, Hampshire
is seeking an experienced, enthusiastic and versatile Director of Music
(organist and choir leader) to help us develop a valued musical tradition.
St Michael’s Church congregation has recently affirmed enthusiastic support for the place of music in our mission and presence in the town centre of Basingstoke.
Music in worship is highly valued and appreciated as part of our faith experience and response to God. Whilst there has been a long tradition of choral music there is a wide range of musical tastes and preferences within the church. A recent survey placed a high value on the quality and sincerity of the music we offer and revealed the congregation’s openness to greater variety and diversity of styles. Another priority is to ensure that our music helps newcomers (or visitors) to engage in worship.
We are looking for someone:
• who appreciates the broad spectrum of Anglican church music
• who is willing to work with us in developing the musical life of our church in our aim to be more inclusive and accessible
• who could help us to discover new styles of choral and congregational music
• who, through music, will help us encounter God and invite others to know God
• who will lead and develop our 4-part volunteer choir and support recruitment of new members of all ages
• who will be a team player supporting the overall vision and mission of our church through its liturgy and music, including an important role in the civic and community life of Basingstoke
Sunday services at 10.00am and monthly 6.30pm Evensong
Choir practice currently Friday evenings 7.30pm - 9.00pm
Annual salary approximately £5,000
Occasional weddings and funerals, fee £92
The rector would welcome exploratory conversations from candidates interested in this post. Please contact Revd Canon Jo Stoker on 01256 326654 or email@example.com for more information.
SOME BACKGROUND TO THE POST
Responsibilities and Worship Pattern
Choir practice currently takes place weekly from 7.30 – 9.00pm on Friday evenings, but it may be possible to look again at the timing or frequency of choir practices.
Sunday morning services are at 10.00am with a Sung Parish Communion every week except the 3rd Sunday each month. The choir has sung a communion anthem for this service each week but there is scope for more variation here and the option for a choir contribution at other parts of the worship instead of at communion.
The “Third Sunday” service is an informal, reflective and non-eucharistic service designed to offer an alternative experience of worship. Hymns and songs are led by the Director of Music (generally playing a piano/clavinova) and a small group of singers. There is often one flutist too, and we would like to encourage other instrumentalists for this service. Recorded music is used for prayer and reflection.
Sunday evening services are a monthly service of Sung or Choral Evensong at 6.30pm with a few additional special or seasonal evening services through the year.
Festivals, Holy Days and special events
The key celebrations of the Christian calendar are very important at St Michael’s, both for our regular congregations and for the wider community. The Director of Music should be available to support the major festivals and the significant external events such as our two Candlelit Christmas Carol Services and a Lunchtime Carol Service. Wherever possible St Michael’s aims to be available as a focus of worship around significant national or civic events or requested diocesan services.
St Michael’s Choir has 20 members of mixed ability (and availability) who enjoy singing and are keen to support the worship of the church. A key task is to work flexibly and creativity with the range of ability and fluctuations in attendance. The choir is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music, and the Director of Music and the Rector are ex-officio members of a small choir committee which exists to support the membership, development and standards of the choir.
Planning and Development
The Director of Music will work closely with the Rector in planning music for worship, meeting approximately 4 times a year to discuss forthcoming services.
The Director of Music will be invited to bring his/her musical experience and expertise to discussions on the development of new possibilities for music at St Michael’s.