Appointment of Organ Scholar (archived)

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Organ Scholarship at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark
January 2019 to July 2019 (two terms),
with the possibility of extension for the academic year 2019-2020

(download the full specification and application details here - PDF)


The Archdiocese of Southwark is offering an Organ Scholarship at St George’s Cathedral to a music student or recent graduate. The Cathedral has both a Boys' and a Girls’ choir, supported by professional Lay Clerks. The scholarship is open to an organist and conductor seeking to further his/her experience in the field of church music. 

The Scholarship will require a commitment of 6 hours per week to cover:

    - Both the 10am and 11.30am Sunday masses in term time, with rehearsals, and other major festivals, for instance Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil (not a complete list). The first Sunday rehearsal is at 9am.

- To be present for either the choir practice from 6 to 7.30pm on Wednesday evenings or from 5.30 to 7pm on Friday evenings, either accompanying or doing general administration.

- To do miscellaneous administrative tasks and attend occasional meetings as required.

The successful applicant will have:

- An organ playing standard including sight reading and transposition to at least Grade 8 (ABRSM)/ ARCO plus fluency in playing hymns.

- Experience in conducting choirs and confidence in leading young people.

- The ability to learn music quickly.

- Access to a computer, with fluency in Microsoft Word and the internet.

- A responsible approach to all commitments, including excellent preparation and punctuality.

- An enhanced DBS disclosure will also be required.

For more information and to apply please email Sarah Wood at Please ensure that your CV and any covering letter includes your organ playing and choral conducting experience, whether or not you have had any previous church appointments and your current occupation. 

The deadline for applications is Friday 16th November. Auditions and Interviews will take place on Friday 30th November.

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