Director of Music, St George's Cathedral Southwark

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Director of Music, St George's Cathedral Southwark

Post by JW » Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:54 pm

Norman Harper is to retire at the end of the year and St George's are advertising for a new Director of Music. Here is a link to the advert:

http://www.stgeorgescathedral.org.uk/mu ... music.html

I'm no expert but the remuneration seems very low for the type of musician they seem to want to attract? Musicians who have studied and worked for many years, who already hold a senior role in church music, would presumably expect more than that?
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Re: Director of Music, St George's Cathedral Southwark

Post by Southern Comfort » Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:57 am

JW wrote:
Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:54 pm
Norman Harper is to retire at the end of the year and St George's are advertising for a new Director of Music. Here is a link to the advert:

http://www.stgeorgescathedral.org.uk/mu ... music.html

I'm no expert but the remuneration seems very low for the type of musician they seem to want to attract? Musicians who have studied and worked for many years, who already hold a senior role in church music, would presumably expect more than that?
Yes, it's pretty low, and the expected working hours are, of course, unrealistic for a position like this. I suspect one reason why the budget is tight is that St George's now has nine professional lay clerks — nine additional stipends that in former times were not paid as the cathedral had no paid choirmen back in the day. Norman is a retired schoolteacher and so has been able to hold the position without requiring a living wage. I suspect the cathedral may be hoping for a young (and therefore inexperienced but enthusiastic) recent graduate who will not need as much money as others might and could combine the post with teaching, etc.

The problem is, if you pay peanuts, you often get monkeys. Also, the cost of living in London is higher than anywhere else in the country.

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Re: Director of Music, St George's Cathedral Southwark

Post by oopsorganist » Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:37 am

That is a lot of Lay Clerks .
They get around £63.00 a service. That's not bad.
uh oh!

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Re: Director of Music, St George's Cathedral Southwark

Post by organist » Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:16 pm

Norman has done wonders following on from Nick Gale. :D let us hope the right person is prepared to come.

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Re: Director of Music, St George's Cathedral Southwark

Post by mcb » Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:21 pm

I'm told the new appointee is Jonathan Schranz. Looks to me like a very strong appointment, and I wish him well.

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Re: Director of Music, St George's Cathedral Southwark

Post by Southern Comfort » Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:52 pm

Looks like an excellent appointment!

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