Organ Scholar

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Fixed Term Part Time


Applications are sought for the above post, which is ideal for an outstanding undergraduate student, or a post graduate student taking a year out, as its status is seen by the cathedral to be commensurate with that of Second Assistant. However, all applications will be considered equally.

The appointment is from September 2020 to August 2021 with the option of a further year if progress is satisfactory.

The scholarship is worth £5000 p.a. paid by monthly instalments. There is shared accommodation provided for choral scholars and the organ scholar in Cathedral Close. This is free, although bills and council tax will need to be paid by the residents.

The Organ Scholar will be fully involved in the busy life of the Music Department, under the direction of the Director of Music, Lee Ward and the Organist Titulaire, Professor Ian Tracey.

The position will be particularly attractive to candidates considering a portfolio career, including some work in schools as part of the cathedral’s extensive outreach programme. In addition it is expected that the Organ Scholar will help with the training and accompaniment of the cathedrals’ supplementary choirs (as per the schedule attached)

The Organ Scholar is expected to attend and assist at all choral rehearsals and services, either as rehearsal accompanist, organist, conductor, or all three of these as per the attached schedule.

Under the supervision of the Director of Music, the Organ Scholar is required to assist in the training and supervision of the choristers and probationers, the training of the choral students and some administrative tasks (such as assisting the librarian, assisting the choir guardians etc). Good singers may also be asked to sing in the choir at certain times of the year.

The Organ Scholar would normally be invited, by Professor Ian Tracey - Organist Titulaire, to give an organ recital in the Summer Series during their year in office.

The Organ Scholar is entitled to take holidays, by negotiation with the Director of Music, within choir holiday periods, which are ten days after both Christmas and Easter, six days at each of the three half terms and seven weeks in the summer. However, the Organ Scholar is expected to take their place on the roster as a duty organist in holiday periods when worship is maintained by visiting choirs.

The Cathedral Organ is a world renowned five manual 1926 Willis III instrument to which the Organ Scholar can be allowed access for rehearsal, along with the other resident Cathedral Organists, as the Cathedral diary allows. There is also a fine 2 manual 1910 Willis II, rebuilt by David Wells of Liverpool in 1993, (complete with 32’ pedal reed,) in the Lady Chapel; this is available to the Organ Scholar on a daily basis for practice and teaching.

Lessons can be arranged with the Organist Titulaire or the Director of Music according to availability.

Liverpool is a very active musical centre and there are plenty of opportunities for additional freelance organ and keyboard work.

Auditions and interviews to be held on 17th January 2020.

This role requires the completion of an enhanced DBS.

Organ Scholar weekly schedule

Monday Choir rehearsal and evensong 4.00 - 6.15pm (arrive by 3.30pm)

Tuesday Choir rehearsal and evensong 4.00 - 6.15pm (arrive by 3.30pm)

Wednesday no regular duties

Thursday Choir rehearsal and evensong 4.00 - 6.15pm (arrive by 3.30pm)

Friday no duties

Saturday Probationers rehearsal 12.30 - 1.30pm

Choir rehearsal and evensong 2.00 - 4.00pm

Sunday choir rehearsal and eucharist 8.45 -11.45am

Probationer rehearsal 1.00 - 1.45pm

Choir rehearsal and evensong 2.00 -4.00pm

In addition, there will be a small number of occasions each term when the Organ Scholar will be asked to assist with the choral outreach programme, including the cathedral’s Junior and Youth choirs and adult community choir.