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Job Opening at Durham Cathedral for Master of the Choristers and Organist

22 February 2017

ham Cathedral, one of the world’s best known buildings and Christian Church of the Anglican Communion, wishes to appoint a Master of the Choristers and Organist in succession to Canon Dr James Lancelot.

The highly respected Cathedral organist has announced his retirement at Durham Cathedral this August, following a 32 year tenure leading the Cathedral Choir and musical life of the Cathedral.

Durham Cathedral is looking for someone who has a clear understanding of and commitment to the place of music in worship.  With an outstanding record as a performer, they will have demonstrable musical and personal skills as an organist and be able to lead, inspire and train others.

The Organist will, with the support of the Sub-Organist and Assistant Organist, rehearse and conduct the Cathedral Choir and the Consort, and will take a share in playing the organ and accompanying the choir.   The Organist will report directly to the Precentor, working alongside the Liturgical Assistant as necessary. 

The main duties and responsibilities for this role include; advising the Chapter on all aspects of the Cathedral’s musical activities, managing the staff of the Music Department, ensuring their appropriate appraisal and professional development and leading the training and direction of the boy and girl Choristers, Choral Scholars and Lay Clerks of the Cathedral Choir.

The post holder will be expected to contribute to the mission and ministry of Durham Cathedral by maintaining and developing standards of musical excellence in the Cathedral’s worship, and leading the Music Department from September 2017.

Canon David Kennedy, Vice Dean and Precentor at Durham Cathedral, said: ‘Music has been central to the life of Durham Cathedral since its foundation in the 11th century. The successful candidate will be part of this centuries-old musical tradition, and we anticipate a very strong field of candidates.’

Durham Cathedral is a place of worship, welcome and hospitality, and currently employs around 150 staff who are supported by over 700 dedicated volunteers.
For more information please contact the HR Department at Durham Cathedral on 0191 386 4266.

Closing date for receipt of completed application form: 12 noon, 7 March 2017    Shortlisting date: Thursday 9 March 2017                       
Interview date: 22 or 23 March 2017
Start date: September 2017   

Visit to download an application pack.