St Albans Cathedral is seeking to recruit a Director of Music to be ready to start in post at the beginning of the new academic year, September 2024. The Director of Music is head of the music team and works with colleagues across different areas, both lay and clerical, to ensure the delivery of all cathedral music.

The Director of Music reports to the Dean. For day to day matters in relation to worship and music the post works closely with the Precentor. As a member of the Cathedral’s Senior Management Team, chaired by the Cathedral’s Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Music will also have collective responsibility for the delivery of the Cathedral’s overall vision and priorities.

The current Master of the Music has also been Music Director for the St Albans Bach Choir since 1998. The Director of Music appointed to the Cathedral may have this same opportunity, as has historically usually been the case, however the appointment to each post is independent of the other.

Whilst the delivery of consistently excellent choral music will remain at the core of the Director of Music’s mission, the successful applicant will be excited by the opportunity to develop our current musical offer and programme of partnership working in the community. The Cathedral is seeking to appoint someone who can effect change by building effective working relationships across the organisation and wider community, has ambition for the department and thrives on being innovative and creative. 

If you would like an informal conversation about the post prior to applying please contact the Head of HR and Office Support, Michelle Ovenden E: [email protected]

Applicants are invited to submit an application form and no more than two sides of A4 outlining what attracts you to this role and what you can bring to enhance the musical offering at St Albans Cathedral.

Applications should be returned to Michelle Ovenden, Head of HR Manager and Office Support, E: [email protected]

The closing date for applications is Sunday 21 January, 2024

The selection process will take place over 2 days on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 February, 2024, with candidates staying overnight on Monday 5 February.

During the 2 days there will be an opportunity to meet representatives from the St Albans Bach Choir if applicants wish to do so. 

Further details are available on organ playing fees and the Music Director post for St Albans Bach Choir. Please contact the Head of HR & Office Support:  [email protected]

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