Christ Church, East Sheen

ORGANIST & DIRECTOR OF MUSIC

Location

Christ Church East Sheen, Christchurch Rd London SW15 7AW in the Anglican diocese of Southwark

Christ Church is part of the Mortlake with East Sheen team ministry in south west London, is seeking an enthusiastic, talented and able musician to take up the post of Organist & Director of Music.

Thank you for your interest in the role of Director of Music. Christ Church has stood since 1863 and is part of the Mortlake with East Sheen and team ministry in the diocese of Southwark (church of England). Located on the edge of Richmond Park the Christ Church has a village church feel. It is a member of inclusive church and sits in the central church tradition with a good choral foundation. Music plays an important part in the life of the church.

Organ: 1864 William Hill 3 manual and pedal organ

Overview

Christ Church East Sheen seeks an excellent choral practitioner to continue the development begun in 2022 of the music life of Christ Church. The role would suit a church musician keen on creative potential. A vacancy has arisen by the appointment of our current director as Director of Music at Newport Cathedral.

Our new Director of Music will have a passion for the wide traditions of choral music, and the strategic skills to advance our shared musical and worshipping life. They would work with all ages of varying skill from amateur to professional standard singers and understand the liturgical requirements for enhancing and enriching Sunday worship, occasional offices, and Christian festivals.

As well as directing the robed Church Choir, the Christ Church Consort was set up in 2023 to provide music for occasional offices (funerals and weddings) and other special services (usually three per year) when the Church Choir is not available. The Director of Music is responsible for booking suitable singers, with fees aimed at professional-standard musicians. Consort members are also sometimes employed as section leaders for big services with the Church Choir.

The church has also embarked on a series of Saturday early evening concerts, the Director of Music would work with the Team Vicar to build a programme of events which would be able to pay artists and feed into the general music fund.

There is a current focus on the nurturing and the recruitment of choristers remunerated from designated funds of the Chorister Award Scheme and also the maintenance and development of the adult choral scholars (currently 2). The regular volunteer choir practices on a Thursday evening.

Occasional offices rates (2024)

Funeral £140                            Wedding £180

Possible conductor fees are applied when families decide on using the consort and for this it is anticipated we engage other organists/musicians.

Christ Church is in the early stage of current musical development, so the role is not starting things from scratch but may be moulded to preferred ways of working in line with the mission action plan of the church.

The director of music is employed by the PCC but assigned the directorship of Christ Church, with line manager being the Team Vicar. Appointments subject to enhanced DBS check.

There are possibilities to work across the parish particularly on patronal services with joint choirs.

 Other instruments at the church

Boston grand piano.  Yamaha Clavinova electric keyboard.

Role and duties

 

  • To play the organ and direct the choir for the 10am Eucharist service on Sundays
  • To play the organ (and direct the choir) for other services as set out in APPENDIX

(evening services, feasts, etc).

  • To work with the clergy and wardens at the church.
  • To work with the Vicar in helping to choose hymns and other music for services, and in planning agreeing music for festivals and special occasions.
  • To be responsible for the regular maintenance and tuning of the organ and piano, with an annual budget determined by the Christ Church Consultative Group after consultation.
  • Attend the choir summer social and epiphany party.
  • To attend meetings with the other parish directors of music and the clergy, from time to time, to plan joint services and discuss matters of common concern.

Typical Weekly Timetable

Thursday    

19.30-20.45 Choir Rehearsal

NB Thursday choir practices do not take place during August.

Sunday

09.15 – 09.50 Choir Rehearsal

10.00 – 11.00 Morning Eucharist

Choral evensong followed by refreshments 3rd Sunday of the month (replaced by Carol Service in December, and All Souls in November).

NB No choral service in August

This list is not intended to be exhaustive and the Director of Music may be asked to play at other services on occasion by agreement.

Future Developments

The vision is that Christ Church should become a local centre of musical excellence complimentary of the mission action plan of the church, valuing the choral tradition but being open to creative development.

Person Specification

The successful candidate will be a skilled choir trainer capable of developing choral quality by giving attention to good vocal health and be of a good standard in organ playing (ARCO would be desirable). They should have understanding of the liturgy and appropriate music.

They should have knowledge, experience and training in the statutory requirements of legislation concerning safeguarding for all ages.

The prospective Director of Music should show initiative and have excellent self-management and organisational skills. In order to recruit and nurture existing membership of the church choir

Compliment: 10 adults (regular), 2 senior choral scholars, 4 choristers, 5 occasional adults,

The Director of Music should be imaginative, reliable, resourceful and personable in order to develop all aspects of our shared music life at Christ Church.

Start date: 1st September 2024

The successful candidate must be willing to undergo an enhanced DBS disclosure check under the Diocese of Southwark regulations. They must also be able to travel to East Sheen to work at appointed times, without issue.

Average Sunday morning congregation attendance

54

Consort

From 2023 Christ Church formed a Consort: a small ensemble of professional standard singers, who are paid to sing at a number of seasonal special services.  This provides capacity to the church choir during busy seasons or when they are unavailable. The Consort currently sings without the choir at Midnight Mass and the Easter Vigil.

The Director of Music is responsible for booking suitable singers, with fees aimed at professional-standard musicians. Consort members are also sometimes employed as section leaders for big services with the Church Choir (Sunday after Ascension Day Patronal Festival and 9 Lessons & Carols).

The Consort is flexible depending on budget there is room for development in this area, but typically the consort is between 4-8 SATB parts. Recently the Consort sung a Choral Matins and as part of the Crib Service.

The Consort has also been engaged for funerals and weddings. The Director of Music may earn possible conductor fees when families decide on using the Consort for occasional offices and it is anticipated a visiting organist will be engaged.

Remuneration and Fees

The remuneration for the Director of Music is £9,387 per annum. Salaries within the team ministry are normally reviewed with effect from 1 January. There are very occasional weddings and funerals through the year at Christ Church and these attract an extra fee.

Funeral £140

Wedding £180

Possible conductor fees are applied when families decide on using the consort and for this it is anticipated we engage other organists/musicians.

The performance fee is doubled for weddings and funerals that are recorded.

The post does not typically qualify for the parish pension scheme, however with extra earnings the threshold has been reached.

Holiday

The post holder would be entitled to six weeks paid holiday per annum, subject to the Vicar’s  prior agreement of dates.

Application and Audition

The deadline for applications is 12noon, Thursday 1st August 2024.

Interviews and auditions will take place in the morning and afternoon of Saturday 3rd 2024

This will include a short choir practice with a piece given in advance to shortlisted candidates.

To apply, candidates are asked to submit

  • a complete CV
  • a letter of application and the names of two referees by email (preferably) or post to

Revd Jonathan Haynes, Team Vicar vicar.cces@gmail.com

Informal enquiries and visits to the church are most welcome!

We will endeavour to accommodate candidates who are interested but are not able to attend on 3rd August.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to audition and will be asked to:

  • Play a voluntary, chosen by the candidate;
  • lead a short choir practice, material will be given;
  • Play the final two verses of a hymn, including an extemporisation ( provided on the day of audition);

Travel

unrestricted parking weekdays and weekends, Bicycle racks, Closest station Mortlake

Contact

Revd Jonathan Haynes, Vicar

Email:           vicar.cces@gmail.com

Telephone:   07951982006

Address:       Christ Church East Sheen, Christchurch Road, London SW14 7AW

 APPENDIX

The Director of Music would be obliged to play at the following Festivals:

Sunday’s 10am Sung Eucharist, 5pm Choral Evensong (3rd Sunday)

Patronal Festivals of all three churches being

  • Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (8th September) at St Mary the Virgin Mortlake (usually held on the nearest Sunday evening at 6.30pm)
  • Sunday after Ascension Day at Christ Church East Sheen 10am
  • All Saints Day (1st November) at All Saints East Sheen 8pm

Christmas Carol Service (usually the 4th Sunday in Advent but may alter according to the day on which Christmas falls)

4.00pm Crib Service (Christmas Eve)

11.30pm Midnight Mass (Christmas Eve)

10am Christmas Day Eucharist on Christmas morning

8.00pm Ash Wednesday

8.00pm Sung Communion Maundy Thursday

Afternoon Good Friday Service

Evening Easter Vigil

Parish Confirmation/Licensing services (at most one in three years)

Occasional Offices: Marriages and Funerals by arrangement

The Director of Music shall also arrange choir practices as necessary (cancellation of choir practice in holiday seasons shall be by arrangement with the Team Vicar) and shall attend joint choir practices in preparation for the united parish services.

As development continues there is scope for services to be added, but this would be by agreement and following consultation.

Private use of organ/piano

You may use the organ for private practice or the giving of lessons whenever the church is not otherwise in use. No charge is made for this use. You will comply with all reasonable requests regarding security and other matters connected with the church premises. Other people may use the organ/piano only with your express consent.

Engaging in Other Work

You are free to engage in such other work, paid or otherwise, provided it does not in the estimation of the Team Rector and Team Vicar compromise your ability to fulfil the duties of Organist/Director of Music.

Fees Royalties and Compensation

You are entitled to keep all royalty income from any music you compose or arrange while working as organist/director of music at Christ Church.

Organ Specification 

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