Tenor Vacancy 2024

We are looking for a confident and versatile tenor to join our choir.

Strong sightreading skills, musical initiative, punctuality and professionalism are rewarded with a high degree of flexibility, friendship and community.

Click here to download a PDF of the job description.

Regular Services:

Sunday High Mass: £72
Midnight Mass and Easter Vigil: £108
Special Services (weddings, funerals, memorials): £120
Occasionally there is Sunday evensong with a cantor (£72).

Fees are due to rise after Easter 2024

In addition, other choral services include (but are not limited to):

High Mass: Christ the King, All Saints, All Souls, Immaculate Conception, Midnight Mass for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Holy Family, Epiphany, Candlemas, Ash Wednesday, The Annunciation, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Liturgy of the Passion on Good Friday Easter Vigil, Easter Sunday, Ascension, Feast of Title, Corpus Christi, (including evening procession and evensong), SS Peter & Paul, Requiem for Founders & Benefactors, Dedication Festival with procession, Assumption.

Sung Mass: St Joseph, St John the Baptist, Sacred Heart, Transfiguration, Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Others: The Advent Carol Service

Livestreaming

Most of our services are livestreamed for the benefit of parishioners who are unable to attend in person. These remain online for a limited amount of time and are unavailable for download. No additional fees are payable for livestreaming.

Deputies

Our singers are engaged on a freelance, per-service, basis rather than on a regular contract of employment. They are responsible for paying their own income tax and national insurance contributions. There is an approved list from which choir members may book a deputy should they be unable to attend. We ask our singers to make every effort to attend Midnight Mass, Christmas Morning and the Easter Triduum services. Aside from this there is no minimum attendance quota, allowing our singers to undertake other freelance work. We endeavor to balance this level of flexibility with the need for a stable and coherent ensemble. Should periods of absence be deemed to be too long or frequent we may ask the singer to step back from the choir.

Auditions

  1. Please prepare a sacred aria (in English, Latin or German).
  2. We may additionally ask to hear If with all your heart from Elijah - Mendelssohn
  3. Sight reading from our regular repertoire.

NB: we will not expect applicants to sight read Gregorian chant, however the successful applicant will need to display a proactive attitude towards learning this skill as it forms an integral part of our worship at every service.

Applications

Please send a CV with covering note to Kathy Redington (office@stmarysbournest.org) along with details of two referees by Friday 15th December 2023. Auditions (after shortlisting) will be held on Saturday 13th January 2024.

Church Interior

Published Sunday 5 February 2017

High Mass: Pictures of the English Liturgy, by Martin Travers (1916)

Published Sunday 5 February 2017

Pictures of the English Liturgy, by Martin Travers. London: Society of SS. Peter and Paul.

Christmas

Published Sunday 5 February 2017

Corpus Christi Festival and Procession

Published Sunday 5 February 2017

Architectural and Historical

Published Tuesday 5 August 2014

Some material from our archives

Procession of Our Lady on the Feast of the Anniversary of the Dedication of the Church

Published Sunday 3 July 2011

High Mass, Procession of Our Lady and Benediction.

After the Mass

Published Sunday 13 March 2011

Photos taken after Sunday High Mass at St Mary's.

High Mass

Published Sunday 13 March 2011

Images of a High Mass at St Mary's, taken in March 2011.