Choir Director Vacancy

We seek to appoint an able and generous-spirited choir director (who may, or may not be an organist) to build up music in our parish.

We have an ambitious and multi-faceted vision for how music can become a greater part of our mission, enriching our services, as well as engaging our wider community through concerts and educational outreach. 

We believe that choral singing can support congregational singing and provide children and adults alike with an invaluable musical experience and sense of belonging in the community .

Who we are?

  • St Luke’s Woodside is a Church of England parish church, in South East London. We’re located between Norwood Junction and East Croydon, in a socially mixed, diverse community. We’re located on the Croydon Tramlink, (nearest station, Woodside)
  • Our worshipping community numbers around 150 adults & children, is locally drawn and reflects the diversity of the area. On most Sundays we have between 70 and 90 in church – often including around 20 children.
  • Our worship is in the modern Catholic tradition, which we inhabit in a reverent, relaxed and warm manner. We draw widely from the variety of hymns in ‘Hymns Old and New’ and a supplement of more recent songs and Taizé chants a previous director of music put together – and the congregation appreciates this breadth.

What we seek?

  • An able vocal trainer to lead weekly choir rehearsals for adults, and children (our previous DoM established a children’s choir, drawn largely from the worshipping community, and which rehearsed after the Sunday Eucharist)
  • A choir director who will expand the choral repertoire for Sunday morning Eucharists, with Mass settings, Psalms, & motets, and introduce occasional Evensongs and Taizé services.
  • A choir director who will work closely with the parish priest to develop a strategy for the growth of music and engagement in the parish.
  • Someone open to the idea of building on excellent links the church already has with local primary schools to establish a midweek choral event (e.g. Choir Church)

What we can offer?

  • A church that has experienced growth in recent years, where people are hopeful about the future.
  • A large, well-maintained, and much loved church building, with an excellent acoustic.
  • An Allen Organ.
  • Supportive clergy who try to be ambitious and realistic about what can be achieved.
  • A small mixed ability adult choir, who want to see music flourish.
  • A diverse all age worshipping community that the choir could be built from; parents in the congregation who valued the opportunities of the children’s choir; and young people who enjoyed singing in it.
  • Excellent links with local primary schools, who already use the Church for special productions, and where the clergy lead assemblies and help with RS provision.
  • A budget to occasionally bring in professional singers and choral scholars for special services.

What we expect

  • Sympathy with the worshipping tradition and inclusive ethos of St Luke’s
  • Good communication with the parish priest, organists, choir members and their families, & punctuality.
  • Willingness to undertake safeguarding training, and to work with the parish priest and safeguarding officer on risk assessments and safer recruitment.
  • Ability to work with children and young people from a range of backgrounds, and to command their respect.
  • Understanding of music theory and the music exam process e.g. through the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
  • The ability to inspire and encourage individuals and groups (through fun and humour as well as musical rigour and discipline) to realise musical potential.
  • Leading the choir at the 10am Sunday morning Eucharist two Sundays each month; (with the hope to establish a monthly evening service) – including Festivals and important date though the year (Candelmas, Ash Wednesday, Mothering Sunday, Holy Week & Easter, Pentecost, Harvest, St Luke’s Patronal Festival in October, Remembrance Sunday, & Christmas Eve)

An enhanced DBS check will be required for this post along with Safeguarding training. 

You must have the right to work in the UK.

This role has a six month probation period and is subject to references of musical ability and teaching skills. Before an appointment is made, we will invite candidates to visit St Luke’s and lead a choir practice.

Further Enquiries & How to apply 

We can currently offer £7000 a year, for 28 hours work each month.

There is scope for the salary to grow, as the role expands.

If the candidate is also an organist, who is able to play regularly on Sundays, there is scope to increase the salary.

If you’d like to know more about the role, and have an informal conversation, please get in touch with the vicar, Fr Sam.

If you want to apply, send your CV, covering letter and application form to Fr Sam Dennis, the vicar.