St Stephen's Church, Rochester Row
The church of St Stephen's, Rochester Row, in the Parish of St Stephen with St John, Westminster, seeks to appoint an ORGAN SCHOLAR for the remainder of the academic year 2021-22: the appointed Scholar will begin duties in November 2021 (after the Autumn Half Term), and be in post until the end of the Summer Term.
The Organ Scholar will gain or develop practical experience in good quality parish church musicianship through working with and supporting the Director of Music in various aspects of the developing musical culture at St Stephen's. Above all this will involve working regularly with the Parish Choir, usually accompanying parts or all of rehearsals and services involving the Choir on the organ or piano, but also occasionally conducting or singing with the Choir, according to necessity and the Scholar's abilities and interests. But the Scholar will also have duties relating to some non-choral services; assisting in the development of singing by Choristers and other young people during the 2021-22 academic year, which in time may involve some additional weekday duties; contributing to our recital series; and assisting with other miscellaneous tasks in the running of the music programme.
In return, the Organ Scholar will be paid an honorarium in termly instalments, totalling £1750 for the two-and-a-half terms remaining of the academic year; have access to the church and its instruments for practice; receive support and training to aid in their duties at St Stephen's and their wider musical development; be warmly welcomed into a flourishing musical community, and encouraged to pursue projects of interest alongside the Scholarship duties, in a musically and educationally rich area of London. According to the Scholar's skills and the Director of Music's discretion, there may be opportunities to play for services and events that carry extra fees, though the Director of Music has first refusal to play for the majority of these.
The Organ Scholarship is aimed at organists who already have some good playing ability and experience but may wish to consolidate these or gain more, especially in playing in the liturgy and accompanying choirs. The Scholarship would suit a range of circumstances, and is open to all organists who were aged 16 or over on 1st September 2021. (Organists under the age of 18 will require written, signed permission from a parent or guardian to apply for and hold the Scholarship, and to be accompanied by a parent or guardian if invited to audition.) Organists from underrepresented groups and backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is the end of Friday 15th October, and auditions are to be held during the evening of Thursday 21st October.
Full details of the church, its music, the Scholarship, and the application and selection process can be found in the Information & Application Pack. To express interest, request an Information & Application Pack, or to make any informal enquiries, please e-mail the Director of Music, Matthew Blaiden, at email@example.com, who will be glad to hear from you.