Vicars Choral (Tenor)

Posted 14 days agoExpires in 9 days

Liverpool Cathedral is situated at the heart of a cosmopolitan city, adjacent to some of both the most affluent and deprived economic communities. The Cathedrals primary task is to support the missions and ministry of the Bishop and the Diocese of Liverpool.

Its mission statement ‘A safe place to do risky things in Christ’s Service’ is at the centre of all we do.

The Music department are currently recruiting for a Tenor Vicars Choral to join its outstanding musical tradition.

There is ample opportunity for teaching and business posts within the City of Liverpool which would enable applicants moving into the area to become full and active members of the Cathedral Choir. North Wales and the Lake District are easily accessible from Merseyside, and the city itself offers a wide variety of good educational and musical facilities.

This position is eligible for an enhanced DBS check.

Closing date is 27th September

Free parking on-site
Staff discount in the Cathedral shop and restaurant
Auditions and interviews to take place on 4th October

Vicars Choral are to be present at five of the seven principal services each week, and at such rehearsals as are laid down in the timetable below. The only deviation is on Saints days and other Holy days of obligation where the commitment will be stated clearly on the advance diary.

They may also be required at any additional rehearsal which might be considered necessary, and again given in advance on the diary.

All Vicars Choral must familiarise themselves with solos or new music in advance of rehearsal. A punctual start is expected at rehearsals and it is desirable that Vicars Choral should be present at least fifteen minutes before the service time.

Up to six Vicars Choral are appointed, in addition to six Choral Scholars to provide four singers in each part, having knowledge of the music and procedure at the Cathedral services.

The regular weekly commitment for Vicars Choral is as follows:


Rehearsal 5.00 - 5.20

Evensong 5.30 - 6.00


Rehearsal 5.00 - 5.20

Evensong 5.30 - 6.00


Rehearsal 2.00 - 2.30 [Organ Rehearsal, in Cathedral]

Evensong 3.00 - 3.40


Rehearsal 9.30

Service 10.30 - 11.40

Rehearsal 11.50 – c12.30

Evensong 3.00 - 4.15

During recent years the choir has taken part in many recitals, concerts and broadcasts, and is annually invited to sing B.B.C. Radio 3 Choral Evensong. The choir is regularly asked to sing for B.B.C. T.V. "Songs of Praise" and special services are frequently broadcast on television and Radio. The choir has also made many recordings and concert tours have been made of France, Spain, Czech Republic, Cologne, Netherlands, Italy and USA, Malta and Portugal.

In addition to the wide variety of Church Music sung at services, the choir has an excellent relationship with the Metropolitan Cathedral Choir, joining them several times per year for services and an annual concert, an annual three choirs evensong with Chester and Manchester cathedral choirs, termly concerts in the Diocese, Concerts supporting the Cathedral Choral Outreach Programme and appearances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, in both Cathedral and concert hall. There is a series of lunchtime concerts which the Vicars Choral often perform in as soloists. There is plenty of scope for individual Vicars Choral to make progress in their own musical ability and to develop new skills and expertise.