St Nicolas, Guildford, under a new Rector and Director of Music, is seeking to establish a choral foundation with paid singers on all parts, supplementing and leading the volunteers of the existing (mixed) parish choir, beginning September 2021. Applicants should be excellent singers and fluent sight readers, essentially singing as a section leader/soloist, so will need experience, vocal technique, and stamina. The extensive repertoire ranges from plainsong and Tudor composers through to 21st C compositions. Experience of singing in a choral ensemble of professional standard and a good working knowledge of the Anglican Choral repertoire would be desirable. It is essential to understand the professional nature of the job and to have the drive to undertake adequate personal preparation, adhering to current best safeguarding practice. Applicants should have a willingness to work confidently as part of a small and close-knit team, and the ability to respond quickly and positively to direction.
Choral music is a vital, integral, and highly valued part of the Anglo-Catholic worship at St Nicholas. Applicants should be sympathetic to the ethos and purposes of the Church’s ministry. The choir sings for the Sunday 10am Mass, preceded by a 9.30 rehearsal, and followed by a rehearsal for the upcoming weeks. The choir also sings at other major occasions during the liturgical year, such as Ash Wednesday, Holy Week and Christmas services. It is expected that in due course a monthly choral evensong will require a choir (who then may be excused from the morning service). To maintain a consistent and cohesive group singers are expected to prioritise attendance at the required services and absences need to be arranged by mutual consent. There will be ample opportunity for small ensemble and solo work.
The estimated fee for each singer is £2600 pa.
Applicants may send a covering letter and CV to Rick Erickson, M.Mus., M.Th.S., Organist and Director of Music at email@example.com by 5pm on Friday 30 July 2021. Interview appointments will be arranged as soon as possible at mutual convenience at St Nicolas Church.