Assistant Organist

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Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, London
Fixed Term Part Time
£12,000 plus Workplace Pension (£30,000 FTE)

Music has always played a central part in the life of St Martin-in-the-Fields. Our music programme covers four broad areas:

  • Music in worship – involving both traditional and new forms of liturgy
  • Concerts – both ticketed evening concerts and free lunchtime concerts
  • Education – choral scholarships and fellowship schemes
  • Culture – principally focussed around our weekly Great Sacred Music event

St Martin-in-the-Fields is a unique configuration of cultural, charitable and commercial initiatives rooted in the life of a vibrant Church of England congregation. Our vision is At the heart. On the edge. This declares that we see ourselves at the heart of London, through our location on Trafalgar Square, and of the nation, through our 500-year links with the royal family, and also of the church, through our national profile gained through nearly a century of broadcasting and our flagship role in social issues – but also appealing to the heart through our long tradition of choral and classical music and our reputation for compassion gained through a century of engagement with poverty and destitution. It also names our calling to be on the edge, not just of Trafalgar Square but alongside those on the edge through being excluded, ignored or oppressed by society or church, and on the cutting edge of innovation in culture, commerce, charity and congregational life.

Regular pattern of organ and piano accompaniment

Sundays

Organ accompaniment of 10.00 am Parish Eucharist, with prior rehearsal (with the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Martin’s Community Choir or a soloist). Piano accompaniment of lunchtime Children’s Voices rehearsal. Organ accompaniment of 5.00 pm Choral Evensong, with prior rehearsal (with the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields, another St Martin’s choral ensemble, or a visiting choir) Occasionally this service takes a different format e.g. Nine lessons and carols, Patronal Festival. Piano accompaniment of 7.00 pm Sacred Space service (once a month), with prior rehearsal (with a soloist and instrumentalists)

Mondays

9.15 – 10.00 am Attendance at weekly clergy meeting

10.00 – 11.00 am Attendance at weekly music team meeting

Wednesdays

Piano accompaniment of 6.30 pm Bread for the World informal Eucharist, with prior rehearsal (with the St Martin’s Choral Scholars, or another St Martin’s choral ensemble)

Piano accompaniment of 7.30 – 9.00 pm Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields rehearsal

To play on Holy and Feast Days outside the Sunday/Wednesday pattern, all with prior rehearsal

  • 6.30 pm Maundy Thursday service
  • 10.00 am Good Friday All-Age Service
  • 12.00 pm Good Friday Three Hours Service
  • 1.30 pm Christmas Eve Crib Service
  • 11.00 pm Christmas Eve Midnight Mass Service
  • 10.00 am Christmas Morning Eucharist

To occasionally direct the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Martin’s Community Choir and Children’s Voices as required by the Music Director

  • To occasionally accompany weddings, memorial services, and other Special Services, as required by the Music Director (additional remuneration will be offered)
  • Personal development and support
  • To attend music team meetings and other occasional meetings, as required
  • To attend internal and external training courses, as agreed with the Music Director
  • To undertake any other duties that may be reasonably required
  • This is not an exhaustive description of the job, aspects will change over time and the jobholder is expected to contribute to its development and progression.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, highly efficient, proactive person to join us, who is

  • Passionate about music
  • Creative in finding solutions
  • Hardworking and who can take the initiative to get things done
  • Self-starting, excellent at organisation and calm under pressure
  • Friendly and able to work in a large and varied team
  • Approachable, welcoming and supportive

Person Specification

To be effective in this role you will need to demonstrate knowledge of the following, including formal training where appropriate:

Essential

  • Accomplished organist with exceptional accompanying skills, able to use our splendid instrument to the full as a soloist
  • Imagination and willingness to work with both traditional and new liturgies, and an openness to perform a wide range of choral repertoire from early to contemporary in all its guises
  • Ability to accompany well on the piano in a variety of styles
  • At least 3 years’ experience as a church musician, which could include time as an organ scholar or employment in another church or cathedral
  • Good organisational skills and a good sense of prioritising, with the ability to respond calmly yet confidently to last minute challenges
  • Team player who enjoys working within a large and varied organisation

Desirable

  • Good choral directing skills with experience of working with mixed, adult choirs
  • Experience of working in an office environment, within a large organisation or institution
  • Good knowledge of the services and rites of Anglican worship through the liturgical year
  • Computer literate, ability to use Microsoft Suite

St Martin’s nurtures seven different choral groups under its roof. Our Sunday worship is predominantly led by the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields, a voluntary group of dedicated singers from all walks of life, with an excellent reputation for performance of a high standard. From time to time, Sunday services are led by our St Martin’s Community Choir. The Children’s Voices of St Martin-in-the-Fields also make a regular and valuable contribution to the worshipping life of our church.

Choral Music education is a key part of our musical life, through our Choral Scholarship scheme. More recently, we have formed the St Martin’s Voices, a professional choir, whose regular duty is to sing at Great Sacred Music each Thursday, alongside a growing programme of concerts, broadcasts, recordings and other activities. Our newest voluntary ensemble, the St Martin’s Chorus, was formed in May 2015, and performs a number of concerts each year in the Sound of St Martin’s Concert Series.