Alto Choral Scholarship 2017 - 2018
Music at Rochester Cathedral can be traced back to the founding of the Diocese in 604AD, making Rochester England’s second oldest cathedral. We are seeking to appoint an Alto Choral Scholar from September 2017.
The Cathedral Choir is frequently seen on television and heard on radio, most recently on BBC Radio 4 Morning Worship, BBC Radio 3 Choral Evensong and Performing Miracles. The Choir has a formidable list of CD recordings to its name and has recently released, to critical acclaim, five discs, one of favourite anthems, Sing Alleluia, Christmas from Rochester and A Year at Rochester all on the Regent label and more recently Their name liveth for Evermore, Evensong for Remembrance and The Rochester Mass with James Taylor Quartet, with a further disc to be released before Christmas. The Choir is also well travelled, with recent tours taking them to the United States, Budapest and Malta to take part in the Victoria International Arts Festival (2010, 2012, 2017). In the summer of 2011, the Boys and Men took part in the Internationale Chorbiennale held in Aachen and in 2012 and 2016 there was a return visit to Aachen for a series of pre-Christmas concerts and there was a similar pre-Christmas tour to the Netherlands in 2014. Ongoing partnerships have been established with English Touring Opera, London Concertante, The Sixteen and James Taylor Quartet, with recent appearances at the Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the South Bank’s Pulling out all the stops and Chorus Festivals and rather more unusually at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club!
Following a thorough review of the Liturgy and Music at Rochester Cathedral in 2008, it was decided that the traditional six Lay Clerk team was not working here, and given the proximity to London a new way ahead was found. The post of Lay Clerk was abolished and three choral scholarships were introduced to the foundation and a pool of deputy Lay Clerks was established which continues to attract many fine professional singers from London and the surrounding area to sing here. The Choral Scholars combine with three Deputy Lay Clerks to form the six man team which join with the 18 boy (all educated at King’s Rochester) or18 girl (recruited from across Kent) Choristers. For the great Cathedral occasions, the boys and girls combine and the back row are expanded to twelve.
Over the last nine years this has proved to be an extremely successful model for providing high quality music in worship in a 21st Century cathedral.
The scholarships are available to people on a gap year, to students or to recent graduates and could be an excellent stepping stone into the world of professional music not least with Rochester’s proximity to London (37 minutes into St Pancras International or 45 minutes into Victoria). Our recent Choral Scholars have pursued postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music Opera School, King’s College London, Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Guildhall School of Music and Drama or combined their scholarship with undergraduate studies or pursuing a portfolio career including free-lance singing, arts administration, teaching or animateur work. Past and current Scholars are regular deputies at St Paul’s, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, Hampton Court, St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle and Canterbury Cathedral.
The Choral Scholars form part of the 6-person team of Deputy Lay Clerks, singing for the majority of regular choral services:
· Choral Evensong (4.50pm rehearsal for 5.30pm) on Monday, Thursday, Friday
· Choral Evensong (2.25pm rehearsal for 3.15pm) on Saturday
· Choral Mattins (9.00am rehearsal for 9.45am), Sung Eucharist (10.30am) and Choral Evensong (2.25pm rehearsal for 3.15pm) on Sunday
As well as these, extra services are scheduled during the term, which will form part of the Choral Scholars’ timetable for example in Holy Week or on Ash Wednesday etc. Tours, concerts, recordings and broadcasts all feature in the choir schedule and may attract extra fees.
Choral Scholars will be expected to take music away in advance to ensure all notes are learnt before the rehearsal on each day. It is expected that students may need to be absent from services in order to attend university or professional engagements and the Cathedral can be flexible – as long as it is no more than the equivalent of one service a week, although further absences can be negotiated for productions, tours etc. There are no duties during choir holidays.
The three choral scholars live in a large shared house in St Margaret’s Street, Rochester, provided rent-free by the Cathedral. They will share the responsibility for utility bills, but the Cathedral pays any Council Tax.
As well as this, an annual scholarship of £4451 is provided, paid monthly. The Cathedral is supported very generously by Southeastern who provide free travel for Choral Scholars on their whole network for any musical duties.
Recruitment & Timetable
The scholarship will start in September 2017 and is tenable for a year, in the first instance.
Applications must use the Cathedral Application Form and the closing date is Friday 12th May at 12pm. Candidates will be invited for interview on Friday 19th May
For further information please contact the Director of Music, Scott Farrell, on email@example.com or Telephone: 01634 810061 or 07860 943840
Education Centre lunchrooms cover
- 15 minutes preparation of rooms before the school is due
- 30 minutes for each lunch time booking - up to four per lunch time - being available to help
- 30 minutes to clean lunchrooms and toilets after the room has been vacated.
To apply for this role please send in a letter which includes the following information:
- Your contact details
- Relevant experience
- Any other information you think is relevant
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