Assistant Director of Music

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Bury St Edmunds
Fixed Term Full Time
£16500 - £17500

Organ playing, choir training and other musical duties

  • Work under the direction of and in partnership with the Director of Music in providing music for all Cathedral services.
  • Play the organ at statutory and special services as required.
  • Accompany the Cathedral Choir in services and concerts both in the Cathedral and elsewhere.
  • Accompany the other Cathedral choirs in all Cathedral services.
  • Personal musical preparation and practice, and learning of new repertoire.
  • Perform at least one organ recital at the Cathedral each year.
  • Play a full part in the regular pattern of rehearsals for the Choristers and Lay Clerks.
  • Take responsibility for the training (singing and theory) of the Probationers and Junior Choristers, using Voice for Life, under the oversight of the Director of Music.
  • Recruit, rehearse and direct the St Edmundsbury Singers, taking responsibility for all administration and planning.
  • Work with the Director of the Director of St Cecilia Juniors as required.
  • Maintain and enhance high standards in all aspects of the Cathedral’s musical activity.
  • Sing at Men’s Voices’ Evensong or as required, including special services (if appropriate).
  • Deputise for the Director of Music in his/her absence.
  • Assist the Director of Music with chorister recruitment visits to schools.
  • Assist with the training and mentoring of the Organ Scholar.
  • Assist the Director of Music in such other duties as may be required.

Essential Qualities

  • Proven competence as an organist (ARCO or equivalent).
  • Understands the potential of hymn playing, improvisation and choice of organ music to enhance the liturgy, and who can respond sensitively to liturgical direction.
  • Knowledge of a broad spectrum of organ repertoire, seeking to actively expand it.
  • Previous experience in working with a cathedral, collegiate or greater church choir.
  • Experience of working with and training children’s voices.
  • A team player who will be a reliable assistant, and who will have the context of the whole Music Department and Cathedral in mind when undertaking his/her work.
  • A professional who is dedicated to achieving high standards for him/herself and others both in terms of musicianship and accuracy, who prepares well, and who is appropriately self-critical.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to strict deadlines.
  • Proven ability of Microsoft Office including Outlook, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, and proficient in Sibelius.
  • A willingness to engage and maintain good relationships with a wide and diverse number of colleagues, volunteers and congregation.
  • Someone who is willing to take part in the life and world of the Cathedral community and the wider community.
  • A person who will exercise reasonable flexibility in their working hours where necessary.

    Desired Qualities

  • FRCO or equivalent.
  • A degree in music.
  • Experience of directing choirs of amateur singers.
  • A communicant member of the Church of England or another Church in communion therewith and in close sympathy with the Anglican liturgical tradition.
  • The ability to think outside the box.
  • Driving licence.
  • Willing to be trained as a first aider.
  • Energy, enthusiasm and a good sense of humour.

The Cathedral Church of St James and St Edmund, Bury St Edmunds, was created in 1914 when the existing St James’s Church was selected as the seat of the new Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. The Cathedral remains also a parish church. The building was enlarged by Stephen Dykes Bower in the 1960s and its central tower was opened by HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in 2005. New cloisters, chapels and other building works were completed and consecrated in 2009. Further major projects were completed in 2010, namely the installation of the vaulted ceiling and the refurbishment of the Cathedral organ.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral maintains a daily round of worship with the Anglican choral tradition of music at its heart. The Book of Common Prayer and Common Worship are used on a daily basis for routine services and there is a vast range of special services of celebration, thanksgiving and commemoration when local and national bodies and individuals attend. In addition, there are a significant number of secular events such as concerts and art exhibitions on an almost weekly basis. The Cathedral is also a principal destination in East Anglia for tourists and other visitors and also provides a significant educational programme for schools visits.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral Enterprises Limited oversees the Cathedral Gift Shop, our Tourist Information Point, Pilgrim’s Kitchen (café/restaurant) and our external events facilities.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral is a lively and exciting place in which to work. The completion of major building works has seen the Cathedral grow in size and activity and the place has become busier. The extraordinary variety of people who are associated with the Cathedral and the remarkable diversity of the events which take place here mean that there is much to capture the imagination of the Cathedral’s employees; much to be done, and much to enjoy.