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Organist at St Augustine’s Church, Rugeley

Organist and choir leader at St Michael’s Church. Brereton (Please scroll down)

St Augustine’s Church, Rugeley is seeking a new organist

St Augustine’s is an open, inclusive church with a flexible liturgical tradition. We have a growing choir with an excellent director with whom our new organist/keyboard player will work closely. We value music as a means of bringing people from our wider community together to sing in a variety of settings. We recognise the therapeutic value of music and singing as a means of fostering wellbeing. We have local connections with musicians in our schools and are keen to explore the development of all age and young people’s choirs.

For an informal conversation with the Incumbent about this post email davidmaevans1@gmail.com.

Application is by CV and covering letter to davidmaevans1@gmail.com

Closing date: 12.00pm December 31st 2018

Person Specification

Qualities and Skills - Essential

Excellent keyboard skills on the organ, and piano, including playing the pedal board of the organ

The ability to develop mature and harmonious working relationships.

An excellent communicator.

A willingness to take initiative and think strategically.

The ability to be friendly, flexible and employ a good sense of humour.

In sympathy and supportive of inclusive values in the life of the church.

Appreciates that music can play a key role in the mission of the church locally.

Experience - Essential

Has played in church services.

Familiar with liturgical worship where musical settings are used for Eucharistic and other services.

Worked as part of a team and values a collaborative team working ethos

Can demonstrate a flexible approach to music making.

Qualities and Skills - Desirable

An appreciation of the wider Anglican church family and the issues facing parishes in challenging situations.

Able to be a role model as a musician that inspires young people to musical excellence.

Willing to give occasional recitals as appropriate.

Experience - Desirable

Familiar with Common Worship liturgy.

Has worked with church choir(s).

Has worked with musicians playing other instruments with an ability to play the organ in ways that complement and enhance the overall sound.

Worked with full age range of people playing instruments and singing in choirs (worked with school-age children and school staff)

Familiar with different genres of church music and happy to participate in music of different styles and genres.

Contributed to the process of renewal and mission through music and singing.

Role Description

Music at St Augustine’s Church, Rugeley.

St Augustine’s is entering a new phase of music ministry. We view music as a very important aspect of our mission in Rugeley. Our overall vision for music is to develop musical excellence both in our regular worship services, and as a means of bringing people from our wider community together to sing together in a variety of settings. We recognise the value of music and singing as a means of fostering wellbeing and are keen to explore the therapeutic value of music and singing. We have local connections with musicians in our schools and are keen to explore the development of all age and young people’s choirs. 

We are seeking to appoint an organist on a retainer Agreement who can play for our regular worship services and support and contribute to the overall vision for developing our music ministry.

On a week to week basis the direction of music at St Augustine’s is shared between a choir director and the organist. The organist will also be willing and able to play piano or key board as appropriate.

The choir director chooses the music and hymns, but we are wishing to work collaboratively, so input on the selection of music by the organist is welcome.

The Incumbent approves the final selection of music used in our services. The organist is accountable to the Incumbent and through him/her to the Church Council.

Specific duties with regard to the organ:

(1)           To play at Sunday Services at 10.30 a.m. and up to 10 additional services on Sunday afternoon or evening each year.

(2)           To play at Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Day, Ascension Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

(3)           To play on additional festive occasions or for other special services by arrangement with the Incumbent

(4)           To be responsible for the supervision of maintenance to the church organ and piano and to liaise with the organ and piano tuner. 

Specific duties with regard to the choir:

(1)           To attend a weekly Choir Practice, 6.00-7.30 p.m. each Friday to work with the choir director, by accompanying the choir in rehearsals either on the organ or other key board, ensuring the choir are fully prepared for services.

(2)           To collaborate with the choir director in developing opportunities for performance as they emerge.

Terms and Conditions

Fees

(1)           A retainer fee of £3,000 per annum to be payable monthly by cheque in arrears on or about the first Sunday of each month.

(2)           The fee will be reviewed annually by the Incumbent and organist in October and presented to St. Augustine’s D.C.C. in November for payment from 1st January following.

(3)           Over and above his/her routine duties the organist shall have the opportunity to play at all weddings and funerals in church and will be paid a fee.  

The level of fee will be reviewed annually by the Incumbent and organist in October and presented to the District Church Council in November for payment from 1st January following. 

Holidays

Six weeks in each calendar year, pro rata for part of the calendar year, at such time as agreed with the Incumbent. Holiday may not be taken at Christmas or Easter.

Together the organist, Incumbent and Churchwardens shall be responsible for finding a suitable deputy and the D.C.C. shall defray the cost. 

Illness

Full fee will be paid for up to 2 weeks in any twelve-month period. 

Termination

The Retainer Agreement can be terminated either by the Incumbent with the agreement of the Church Council, or by the organist. Three clear calendar months’ notice to be given either way. 

Child Protection / Vulnerable Adults

We are required by the Diocese to ask the organist to comply with the Safeguarding Policy and Procedures adopted by the Parish and to seek clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Duration of Contract

It is anticipated that the organist will be retained during a vacancy and that the Agreement will lapse and be renegotiated upon the arrival of a new Incumbent.

 

 

 

 

Organist and choir leader at St Michael’s Church, Brereton

St. Michael’s Church, Brereton is seeking a new organist and choir leader

St. Michael’s is a small Church with a congregation of around 35-45.  We are a traditional church, though open to new initiatives at different times.  Music plays a key part in our worship, helping us reflect, worship God and uplifting us.  Our current organist is retiring and we are looking for a new organist to enable our worship.  We are also interested in working out how music can be enhanced in our worship and are keen to find an organist who can also lead, inspire and grow our small, loyal and enthusiastic choir.
For an informal conversation with the Vicar about this post email rev.georgeholding@hotmail.com
Application is by CV and covering letter to rev.georgeholding@hotmail.com
Closing date: 12.00pm December 31st 2018


Person Specification

Qualities and Skills – Essential

  • Excellent keyboard skills on the organ (two manual pipe organ) and piano, including playing the pedal board of the organ.

  • To cooperate with, and develop mature and harmonious working relationships with, clergy, choir, volunteers and church attenders.

  • Friendly and adaptable, with a good sense of humour and excellent communication skills.

  • Understanding of the congregation’s appreciation of traditional Eucharistic services.

  • Enjoys playing the organ.


Experience – Essential

  • Familiar with a church setting and traditional services.

  • Worked as part of a team and willing to work collaboratively with others.

Qualities and Skills – Desirable

  • Able to lead, motivate, inspire and grow the church choir.

  • The ability to be upbeat and enthusiastic, as well as kind and diplomatic.

  • Enjoys working with people.

  • A desire to see the church grow.

  • An appreciation of the Anglican Church and a recognition of the issues facing Parishes today.

  • Able to work with people of different abilities and committed to enabling them to achieve their musical potential.

Experience - Desirable

  • Has played in church services.

  • Has worked with church choir(s).

  • Has worked with a varied age range of people.

  • Familiar with different genres of church music and willing to participate in music of different styles.

  • Open to working with musicians playing other instruments, including other musicians or choirs across the Parish.


Role Description

Music and worship at St. Michael’s Church, Brereton
Music plays a key part in our worship at St. Michael’s and with the retirement of our long-standing organist and choir leader, we are seeking someone new to fulfil this role and we are excited about the possibilities this brings.  We are keen to use music to help enhance our worship more –to help us to pray and reflect, and to build us up and uplift us.  Music is one of the main elements of our services and we would love for people attending our services to feel uplifted, supported and, overall, boosted and happy for having met to worship together, and we feel that music is one of the ways we can help achieve this.

The congregation ranges from around 35-50 people on a Sunday morning, largely elderly, but we do have a small Sunday School, a couple of young Altar Servers and a child in the choir.  The choir is small, but very loyal and they enjoy meeting together to sing.

We are seeking to appoint an organist and choir leader on a retainer Agreement who can play for our regular worship services and support the vision for developing the music at St. Michael’s.

On a week to week basis, the organist should be willing and able to play the organ, or piano, as appropriate.  Currently, the Vicar chooses the hymns, but is keen for input on the selection of music by the organist, so this is open to discussion.  The Vicar will retain though, the ability to approve the final selection of music used in the services.

The organist is accountable to the Vicar and through him/her to the Church Council.

Specific duties with regard to the organ:

(1)                 To play at Sunday Services at 9.45 a.m. and monthly Evensong Services at 6.00 p.m. on the second Sunday of the month.

(2)                 To play at Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

(3)                 To occasionally play on additional festive occasions or for other special services by arrangement with the Vicar.

(4)                 To be responsible for the supervision of maintenance to the church organ and piano and to liaise with the organ and piano tuner.

Specific duties with regard to the choir:

(1)                 To lead a weekly choir practice (currently Fridays 6.00-7.00 p.m.) and ensuring the choir are fully prepared for services.

(2)                 To work on boosting the choir in terms of their confidence, ability and numbers.


Terms and Conditions

Fees

(1)                 A retainer fee of £2,000 per annum to be payable monthly by cheque in arrears on or about the first Sunday of each month.  The fee will be reviewed annually by the Vicar and organist in October and presented to St. Michael’s District Church Council in November for payment from 1st January following.

(2)                 Over and above his/her routine duties the organist shall have the opportunity to play at all weddings and funerals in church and will be paid a fee.  The level of fee will be reviewed annually by the Vicar and organist in October and presented to the District Church Council in November for payment from 1st January following. 

Holidays

Six weeks in each calendar year, pro rata for part of the calendar year, at such time as agreed with the Vicar.  Holiday may not be taken at Christmas or Easter.

Together the organist, Vicar and Churchwardens shall be responsible for finding a suitable deputy and the D.C.C. shall defray the cost. 

Illness

Full fee will be paid for up to 2 weeks in any twelve-month period. 

Termination

The Retainer Agreement can be terminated either by the Vicar with the agreement of the Church Council, or by the organist.  Three clear calendar months’ notice to be given either way. 

Child Protection / Vulnerable Adults

We are required by the Diocese to ask the organist to comply with the Safeguarding Policy and Procedures adopted by the Parish and to seek clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Duration of Contract

It is anticipated that the organist will be retained during a vacancy and that the Agreement will lapse and be renegotiated upon the arrival of a new Vicar.