The Cathedral is looking to recruit a team of Choir Chaperones. To support the music department staff in their work with the choirs and to provide supervision of choristers before, during and after rehearsals and services. Choir chaperones will be the chief point of contact for choir parents. They will take charge of the children in breaks between rehearsals and services, especially on Sundays when there is lunch for the choirs and a recreation period before the rehearsal for Choral Evensong. The Choir Chaperones will remain on site until the last chorister has left the site after each service or rehearsal.
The Cathedral has a fine musical tradition. The Director of Music is responsible for the boys’ and girls’ choirs. The boys’ choir (usually numbering 25 boys drawn from local day schools) normally sing at the Choral Eucharist on Sundays at 11.00 am, and at Choral Evensong on Sundays at 3.00 pm and Tuesdays 5.30 pm. The girls’ choir (numbering 28 girls) typically sing at Choral Evensong on Mondays and alternate Thursdays at 5.30 pm and Sundays once a term. In addition to this regular pattern, there are several special services throughout the year at which one or both choirs sing and additional services at Christmas, Holy Week, and Easter.
Those appointed as Choir Chaperones will need to undertake safeguarding training before commencing work.
The Cathedral is situated on the south bank of the Thames adjacent to London Bridge in a largely business area. It is also a Parish Church. Only a small number of people are actually resident in the parish which comprises large commercial offices, two hospitals, the Cathedral Primary School and the Borough Market. The local area has undergone tremendous change with the opening of the Globe Theatre, the Tate Modern, the Millennium Footbridge and the Jubilee Line extension station at London Bridge as well as numerous other redevelopments including The Shard and re-developed London Bridge station. The normal Sunday morning congregation is eclectic with the many visitors from all over the world. Sunday Evensong is Choral in the Anglican Tradition.