We are looking for an outstanding musician to play a key role in the music and liturgy department, developing standards of musical excellence at Rochester, directing the choirs, playing the organ, and ensuring the effective administration of the department.
The successful candidate will be an outstanding musician, choir trainer and organist, with a track record in cathedral music or a similar setting. They will be able to demonstrate their passion for the choral tradition of the Church of England and a commitment to explore new and innovative ways of developing that tradition for future generations. They may have experience beyond cathedral music, for example, in education.
They will be able to work with all members of the staff and volunteer teams and be willing to engage with Chapter and our partners and stakeholders. They will place the highest priority on rigorous safeguarding practice. They will be committed to their own professional and musical development. They will engage in the mission of the Cathedral and be in sympathy with the Christian faith.
Departmental administration and support
Education & Training
Knowledge & Experience
The Cathedral was founded in 604 and is the second oldest Cathedral in England. Much of the current building is Norman and the earliest parts were built by Bishop Gundulf (who was also responsible for the construction of Rochester Castle and the White Tower of London) in the late 11th century. After a serious fire in 1137, it was rebuilt in the Romanesque style and it is this part (from 1140-60) that is the Nave today. Further building began in the 1180’s, when the Eastern end was remodelled in the Gothic style. In the 1340’s Bishop Hamo de Hythe added a central tower and spire and redecorated the Quire. He also added the Library doorway, with its superb carved surround. From this date, no further major building was added but there was substantial underpinning to the South Quire transept between 1825-1840, by Lewis Cottingham, which stabilised the building.