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Director of Music Vacancy, St Andrew’s, Backwell

St Andrew’s Church, Backwell (North Somerset) is seeking to appoint a Director of Music

The church has a well-maintained 2-manual Vowles pipe organ and a small mixed-age RSCM-affiliated choir which we are seeking to grow and develop. We are looking for an accomplished organist & choir leader with knowledge and understanding of the Church of England tradition to:

Play the organ and direct the 4-part robed church choir for sung Sunday services: currently twice per month at 9.15am and monthly Evensong, plus other Holy days & festivals

Lead weekly choir practice (currently Friday evenings)

Recruit new adult singers from the local area

Start/develop a choir for young people with the aim of eventually integrating them with the adult choir

Provide a musical training for children (e.g. RSCM medal course or appropriate)

Work with our church-linked junior school and local Comprehensive school, building on existing relationships

Have oversight and development of the worship band who currently play at 10.45am services three times per month, and help them develop their musical style

Assist the Rector to start/develop a monthly toddler singing service

61 hours per month; salary £12,000-£14,600pa depending on experience for an initial fixed term of 2 years. Additional fees for weddings and funerals.

Appointment subject to Enhanced DBS disclosure.

Closing date Fri 30th June; interviews Friday 7th July for a September 2023 start. For further details please contact: