Appointment of Tenor Lay Clerk (archived)

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Appointment of Tenor Lay Clerk to join the group of nine regular Lay Clerks from September 2017 (or soon after), required to sing at Sunday morning Solemn Mass at St George's Cathedral during term time, as well as other major occasions during the liturgical year, such as Ash Wednesday, Holy Week and Christmas services. There are extra services from time to time, such as Diocesan events and weddings, as well as an occasional weekday Choral Vespers.

Solemn Mass is sung at 11.30 by the Boy Choristers and Lay Clerks, preceded by a 10.00 rehearsal in the Song Room. Occasionally the Girls' Choir will sing Solemn Mass with the Lay Clerks, and on a few occasions the combined choirs join forces, for example at the Carol Service and the annual Mass in celebration of marriage. At Solemn Mass there is a predominance of Latin motets and Masses, with Gregorian chant for Propers, Gloria and Credo.

The choir terms are as follows:

Michaelmas from early September to Christmas Day
Lent from early January to Easter Day
Easter from Easter 3 until mid July.

There are approximately 40 choral Sundays per year.

There is usually one Sunday off at half-term. Lay Clerks are expected to prioritise attendance at the required services, in order to maintain a consistent and cohesive group, enabling us to continue to lead the worship at St George's Cathedral with dignity and musical excellence; also to give broadcasts and make recordings of the high quality associated with a cathedral choir. There is an official list of deputies, but these should be called upon only in exceptional circumstances.

The current standard fee for each service is £63.00, though for midnight services and other comparable events there is an enhanced fee of £78.50.

The position of a Lay Clerk comes under the heading of regulated activity and as such is subject to an enhanced Data and Barring Service (DBS) Disclosure.

If you wish to apply for the Tenor Lay Clerk post, please forward a copy of your Curriculum Vitæ to Norman Harper, Director of Music at together with the names and contact details of two referees, ideally before the end of July.

Interview appointments will be arranged as soon as possible at mutual convenience at St George's Cathedral. The appointments will be confirmed by the Cathedral Dean, Canon Richard Hearn.

Norman Harper, Director of Music
July 2017

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