Music has always played a central part in the life of St Martin-in-the-Fields. Our music programme covers four broad areas:
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
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)
9.15 – 10.00 am Attendance at weekly clergy meeting
10.00 – 11.00 am Attendance at weekly music team meeting
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
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
We are looking for an enthusiastic, highly efficient, proactive person to join us, who is
To be effective in this role you will need to demonstrate knowledge of the following, including formal training where appropriate:
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.