OUR SEARCH FOR A MUSICAL DIRECTOR
St Mary’s is a lively church with a variety of interests, abilities and tastes. Music is central to our worship: we like to sing, we like to play, and we are looking for someone to guide us forward, expand our repertoire, and encourage the gifts of all people.
OUR CURRENT SITUATION
We are a Church of England parish church in Whitley Bay. Our worship is probably best described as modern catholic, and is inclusive, relaxed, and sacramental, with a congregation aged from 0 to 90+ years.
We like to sing, and our main service on a Sunday usually features several hymns and songs, as well as a sung mass setting. Music is usually, but not exclusively accompanied by our two-manual, recently-installed organ, or grand piano.
We do not have a choir, but rather singers from within the congregation help to lead others. We have had visiting singers join members of our congregation in leading music for specific services around Christmas.
Outside of our worship, we host a series of concerts throughout the year.
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
Although an accomplished keyboard musician is certainly preferable, we are mainly looking for someone with a passion for music who is able to encourage others, enabling our whole church community to use their voices and talents to the best of their abilities. The right candidate will be someone who can embrace a broad range of musical styles, and can encourage and develop people of all ages. They will help to grow the musical life of our church, and be excited by the opportunities that this post brings. The right person would be able to work with our clergy and worship administrator to expand our repertoire and enrich our worship.
There is plenty of scope for the right candidate to develop new things, according to their own talents.
We are hoping that with the right candidate we can be flexible in working out an arrangement that suits everyone, but essentially:
We would hope for musical accompaniment most Sundays and Festivals throughout the year (perhaps arranged collaboratively with some of our current volunteer musicians).
We would welcome the introduction of some rehearsal time during the week for anyone who would like to attend, plus extra time for those who have more to offer.
We would like to develop links with our local schools and families, encouraging music from our whole parish.
The payment for this new role is open to negotiation but falls within the pay brackets for a church of our size as recommended by the Royal School of Church Music, plus fees.
Familiarity with the role of music in Christian liturgy is preferred.
If you are interested in exploring further, we would love to hear from you. Get in touch to let us know what you are passionate about, what your experience is, and what you have to offer, along with any queries you may have.
The closing date for enquiries is 5pm on Monday 7th June 2021.
St Mary's is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all individuals. All staff and volunteers are expected to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check