Choral Animateur

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£24,000 - £25,000 per year

The post-holder will be responsible for delivering the Liverpool Cathedral Schools Singing Programme (est. 2012) amidst a large-scale relaunch, and will direct two of the ‘outreach’ choirs: Cathedral Junior Choir (ages 6-11) and Gilbert Scott Singers (ages 11-18). The post-holder will also have direct involvement in the recruitment of new probationers to the Cathedral Choir.

The post-holder will develop music within the Diocese of Liverpool, inspire and nurture potential in young people, increase awareness of Liverpool Cathedral, its musical tradition and strive to develop new audiences for public programming.

There is no expectation that the candidate will work directly with the Cathedral Choir (i.e conducting, playing for services etc) however consideration will be given to this should they possess particular experience and skills in this area.

Liverpool Diocese and Cathedral are committed to treating our whole community with dignity and respect. We desire to represent diverse identities within our community whether this be by race, culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or social background of each person to ensure they fulfil their potential within a proactive, loving and caring environment.

Directing the Cathedral Schools Singing Programme

  • To build relationships with CE and non-faith based schools across the Diocese, encouraging them to sign-up to year-long engagement with the Cathedral Schools Singing Programme.
  • To work administratively and strategically to grow and develop the Cathedral Schools Singing Programme, following its relaunch in the 2022/23 academic year.

Directing two of our ‘Outreach Choirs’

  • To direct the Cathedral Junior Choir (ages 6-11) and Gilbert Scott Singers (youth choir, ages 11-18)
  • To lead the weekly rehearsals of these two choirs
  • To actively recruit new members for both choirs, to select repertoire, plan concerts, and carry out the weekly administration of both choirs

Recruitment of Choristers for the Cathedral Choir

  • To play a lead role in the annual recruitment of choristers to the Cathedral Choir (normally during May/June) – a primary goal of the Schools Singing Programme.

The post holder will undertake other relevant duties as may be requested from time to time and commensurate with the role.

This role is subject to a satisfactory DBS check.

We are looking for a musical motivator and versatile musician who can inspire and train young voices to a high standard. You will have very good piano/keyboard skills and experience in leading primary and secondary school-aged choirs within secular, educational or church-type institutions. You'll need to have a car and full driving license and have a degree in music or equivalent experience.

What we offer:

  • A varied role that offers continuous professional development
  • You will be a part of a friendly team with a shared sense of purpose
  • 25 days annual leave
  • Non-contributory pension scheme with generous employer contributions (additional voluntary contributions may be made)
  • Employee Assistance Programme giving you 24-hour access to support for your health and wellbeing
  • A supportive culture with core values of Integrity, Inclusivity, Dynamic and Excellence
  • Employee discount in Cathedral shop and bistro
  • Free on-site parking, secure bike storage and easy access to public transport

Music at Liverpool Cathedral

Liverpool Cathedral is renowned for being among the first in the world to offer musical engagement opportunities to people of every age, from new-born upwards. This manifests itself in the provision an early-years music education programme, a Schools Singing Programme, three Outreach Choirs (junior, youth and adult) as well as the traditional Cathedral Choir which provides music at 7 choral services each week during choir term, including services at key points in the liturgical year. The Cathedral Music Department comprises a Director of Music, Cathedral Organist, Associate Organist, Liturgy & Music Administrator, Director of Choral Outreach, Assistant Choral Director and Organ Scholar. These are in addition to a large team of volunteer Choir Guardians and parent supervisors.

Encounter Liverpool Cathedral

Liverpool Cathedral is a place of spiritual and cultural significance for the city and region of Liverpool. From its foundation in the early part of the 20th century it has existed as community and building built by the people, for the people to the glory of God.

Liverpool Cathedral is more than an iconic Grade 1* listed building. It’s a vibrant, active place that the people of the city, regions and world encounter in many ways. So alongside those who come for one of our daily worship services, people may encounter us for a gala dinner or a school trip. A tourist may visit us or we could be hosting an awards ceremony or graduations. People encounter us in many ways. But in each way, we hope they encounter a warm welcome and sense of God.

As part of their visit we believe everyone will encounter:

  • Inspiring Christian worship
  • A breathtaking experience
  • A community committed to justice and mercy
  • A safe, generous place in joy and sorrow
  • A dynamic community of staff and volunteers
  • A God who knows and loves you.

Working for Liverpool Cathedral will bring you into a community that seeks to make those encounters happen. You will be someone who can subscribe to, and live out, our values of excellence, dynamic, integrity and inclusive. You will have the benefits of working in a landmark building with colleagues who are serious about the work life balance with generous holiday allowances and access to an Employee Assistance Programme. We have a strong working partnership with the Diocese of Liverpool bringing extra support to our activities.

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Liverpool Cathedral Values

Our values underpin the culture of working for Liverpool Cathedral, they are:

Integrity: This means we act honourably and truthfully and display consistency of character. We show respect to all recognising how we speak and act affects others. We uphold high standards and are accountable for our behaviour.

Inclusivity: This means we actively co-operate with one another and value our differences and solve problems by listening and finding solutions together, always treating everyone fairly and promoting participation. We create a culture of warmth and belonging, where everyone is welcome.

Excellence: This means we go that ‘extra mile’ and follow through on our commitments and consistently deliver the highest quality of service to all. We demonstrate professionalism and have high expectation of each other being committed to teamwork, sharing knowledge, resources and skills.

Dynamic: This means we actively embrace change, welcome progress and display enthusiasm, passion and enjoyment for our work. We are innovative, open minded and willing to adapt; and we use our drive and commitment to energize, engage and inspire others.