Director of 'Choir Church' for St James' Milton

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Fixed Term Full Time
£26000 - £26000

Director of ‘Choir Church’ for St James’ Church, Milton, Portsmouth

Our vision is to help a large vibrant parish to start choirs for children and young people. We wish to use the evangelistic nature of music in worship to grow a new congregation, showing that a liturgical and sacramentally based church can succeed alongside other forms of church planting.

Portsmouth Cathedral and St James’ Church, Milton wish to appoint a Director to set up choirs for children and young people based at St James’. There are exciting opportunities to work with schools in the parish and our aim is to create a vibrant community of young families that integrate into the life of St James’ though their involvement in music.

Salary £26,000

To arrange an informal discussion please contact: or 023 9282 3300.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 26th September

Interviews: Thursday 18th and Friday 19th October

Start date: 1st January 2019

The Diocese of Portsmouth is committed to safeguarding children and the successful applicant will be subject to a DBS check

This is a three year project with the option, subject to funding, to extend to five years, initiated and operated by Saint James’ Milton and Portsmouth Cathedral in the Deanery of Portsmouth. There is a reference group to help steer the project. The post holder will be based primarily at St James’, Milton and employed by Portsmouth Cathedral.

Musical Director

  • To plan and deliver inspirational singing workshops to children in classrooms with the assistance of appointed singing leaders.
  • To find and prepare musical repertoire for workshops and concerts.
  • To organise, manage, and direct concerts and events in schools, churches and other spaces.
  • To programme musical repertoir with cross curricular outcomes to engage with children(primarily primary school children).


  • To administer the involvement of schools, churches and other institutions with regard to participation in the Choir Church programme. This includes planning trips into schools to lead singing workshops and arranging meetings as appropriate to communicate and all those involved with the programme.
  • To ensure that any appointed Singing Leaders and any volunteers to the programme have DBS certification in line with the policies of the Diocese of Portsmouth.
  • To plan choral programmes and engage the services of Singing Leaders where relevent to help with the delivery of such programmes.
  • To ensure that Performing Rights Society and copyright information is submitted to the appropriate bodies.
  • To work in conjunction with the Organist and Master of the Choristers and the Sub Organist to involve members of Portsmouth Cathedral Choir in projects where appropriate.


  • Process all financial documentation as required liaising as appropriate with the Cathedral Finance Officer.
  • Manage the project budget and liaise with the Priest in Charge and Director of Music in preparing the budget for the following year.

Other work

  • Flexibility to work in other musical spheres will be encouraged and enabled where possible

Essential Qualities

  • A Music degree or other appropriate qualification/experience.
  • Have demonstrable ability as a Singing Leader and sufficient ability as an accompanist to be able to teach and deliver workshops to children in classrooms.
  • A talented musician in sympathy with the worship, ministry, and ethos of St James’ Milton and Portsmouth Cathedral.
  • A good communicator who can inspire children of all ages alike, and who can relate well to non-musicians.
  • A team player with an enthusiastic and positive approach.
  • An efficient and reliable administrator with relevant IT knowledge
  • An interest in, or up-to-date knowledge of church liturgy.
  • An understanding of current issues and best practice relating to Safeguarding, and a willingness to undertake training as required.
  • An active member of the Church of England or a church in good standing with the Church of England.
  • Excellent time management.

Desirable Qualities

  • Some experience in music education
  • Experience of working with children
  • A full driving licence

Portsmouth Cathedral

For centuries Portsmouth Cathedral, the Cathedral of the Sea, has watched, listened and helped the people of Portsmouth navigate the passage of time with faith and confidence in God’s purposes for us.

It has witnessed wars and peace, famous marriages, been bombed and rebuilt and remains a building of greatness and simple enduring beauty. More than this it is a vibrant and lively community which has a positive impact on the lives of people in its own parish, the City and Diocese of Portsmouth. The Cathedral is a distinctively spiritual and prayerful space, into which everyone is welcome to come; a Christian community committed to promoting social justice, equality and compassion.

Dating back to 1180 the original chapel dedicated to Thomas of Canterbury became a parish church in the 14th century and a cathedral in the 20th century. The Cathedral is at the heart of the life of the Diocese of Portsmouth which covers south-east Hampshire, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. In addition to the many diocesan services and events which are held throughout the year, the Cathedral is used for special services for the City, charities, the Royal Navy and local schools. Educational workshops and visits are offered through an evolving outreach programme and the Cathedral and its community facilities are used by many local and regional organisations.