St Lawrence Catford Organist Vacancy

Tuesday 5th September 2017
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Appointment of Organist
St Laurence Catford seeks applications for the position of Organist to work with our Director of Music, Jocelyn Freeman.  St Laurence’s has a long tradition of musical excellence. The original church, built in the 1880s, had a strong choir of men and boys who took part in the Festival of Britain services in 1951. This musical tradition continued after the opening of the new church in 1968 with a two manual Walker organ that used some pipework from the old organ. The parish has been fortunate in its long series of distinguished directors of music and organists. The principal Sunday service is the 10am sung eucharist; St Laurence’s is a modern catholic parish, in keeping with the church’s architecture, where both music and singing play a very important role.  The choir remains unique in this part of south-east London in that it continues to use only trebles (girls and boys) on the top line. The lower parts are provided by volunteer adults from the local community. Young people receive an excellent musical education. Recent cathedral residencies and services have included Ely, St Asaph, Beverley Minster, St Edmundsbury, St David’s, Liverpool Metropolitan, Canterbury and Southwark. In 2007 the choir went on a 4 day tour of the Netherlands which included 2 concerts in Amsterdam and a service; subsequent tours have included Berlin (2008), Tuscany (2009 and 2014), Ypres (2013), Durham (2015) and Madrid (2017). For the right candidate, there may be the opportunity if desired to develop the role into an assistant Director of Music position. Closing date for applications: Sept 18th, 2017. Interview & audition: October 5th.
 - Attendance at the choir rehearsal each Sunday at 9.15am, and playing the mass at 10am, except for the Sundays in Lent (but including Refreshment Sunday) when the organ is not currently used. - Playing at services on high days and holy days – generally 2 carol services, Christmas midnight mass, New Year’s Eve (payable separately), Ash Wednesday, Maundy

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