Choral Scholar - 1 position each for alto and tenor

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Fixed Term Part Time
Per Annum (39 weeks pa)

Applications are sought for the positions of alto and tenor Choral Scholar, which are ideal for outstanding gap year, undergraduate or post graduate students. However, all applications will be considered equally.

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

The scholarships are provided by the cathedral´s music trust, the Francis Neilson Trust, set up for the education of young singers in the cathedral. As such we will require scholars to assist with some mentoring of the choristers on a rotational basis. The scholarship is worth £3800 p.a. paid by monthly instalments with the extra fees for special services. Singing lessons are included. There is shared scholar accommodation available on the cathedral campus. Rent is free, but scholars share the bills for gas, electricity and water. They can apply for a reduction in council tax.

The Choral Scholars will be fully involved in the busy life of the Music Department, under the direction of the Director of Music, Lee Ward and will sing alongside the lay clerks and choristers in the cathedral choir. The department is a friendly and welcoming one and a number of social events are part of the experience. The scholars will be welcome and encouraged to join the cathedral´s youth group (18-25) known as the Overcrofters and are also encouraged to audition for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir which works with the world´s greatest conductors and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir.

In addition, there will be a occasions each term when the Choral Scholars will be asked to sing in concert performances with the cathedral choirs, attend choir tours, and to assist with the choral outreach programme, including the cathedral’s Junior Choir and GSS.

This 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.

Successful candidates should be willing to complete a self-declaration and make an enhanced application for DBS to satisfy our requirements under Safeguarding.

They should also provide proof of their right to work in the UK and offer two references that are acceptable to us.

Closing date is 24th July and audition and interview will take place on 31st July 2020.

Under the direction of the Director of Music you will be fully involved in the busy life of the Music department showing a willingness to be flexible as follows:

  • To prepare all repertoire to the highest standards in advance or rehearsals
  • To help with the mentoring and supervision of choristers and choral students
  • To attend all choral rehearsals and services, as per the schedule below
  • To attend and prepare for regular singing lessons with the Cathedral´s Vocal Tutor
  • On a number of occasions each term you will assist with the choral outreach programme, visiting schools and taking part in concerts and workshops.
  • You will be invited to give solo and scholar concerts as part of the FNT Lady Chapel concert series

As well as a fine singing voice within the correct vocal ranges, very good sight reading is essential, as is the willingness to spend time preparing music for the services and concerts.

The Choral Scholars are expected to attend all choral rehearsals and services as per the schedule. The rest of the schedule is negotiable as we understand that scholars might have university studies or wish to take on part time work.

Choral Scholar weekly schedule

Monday Free day [apart from rota for chorister mentorship and supervision (3.45 -5pm)]

Tuesday Rehearsal 9.00 -10.00am then rehearsal and evensong 4.50 - 6.15pm

Wednesday no regular duties

Thursday Rehearsal 9.00 -10.00am then rehearsal and evensong 4.50 - 6.15pm

Friday Rehearsal 9.00 -10.00am then rehearsal and evensong 4.50 - 6.15pm

Saturday Choir rehearsal and evensong 1.50 - 4.00pm

Sunday Choir rehearsal and Eucharist 9.20 -11.45am

Choir rehearsal and evensong 1.50 -4.00pm

Will be punctual, reliable and respectful at all times. They will be personable and honest in all of their work and tasks.

The successful candidates will show an excellent example to the choristers in terms of deportment and behaviour.

They will keep their accommodation clean and tidy and have respect for neighbours on campus.

Liverpool Cathedral choir has an extensive repertoire ranging from music of the renaissance to contemporary works, both in English and Latin, and has made several acclaimed recordings, broadcasts and tours.

Concert work is an important part of the choir’s work and they frequently join with the choir of the Metropolitan Cathedral for concerts and services and also the choirs of Manchester and Chester Cathedrals each year for a joint choral evensong. The cathedral choir supports a termly concert in the cathedral as part of the extensive choral outreach within the city and also gives a termly concert in a Diocesan church. New works are commissioned on a regular basis and there is plenty of challenging music to sing.

The Choral Scholars are 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.

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