CHORAL SCHOLARSHIPS (alto, tenor and bass - 1 vacancy for each vocal range) 2019-2020 – Closing date 14th January 2019
Applications are sought for the above positions, which are ideal for outstanding gap year, undergraduate or post graduate students. However, all applications will be considered equally.
The appointments are from September 2019 to August 2020 with the option of a further year if progress is satisfactory.
The scholarship is worth £3700 p.a. payable in 12 equal monthly payments with extra fees for special services. There is also the offer of accommodation near to the cathedral for the successful candidates.
Assessments to take place week commencing 21st January 2019.
The Choral Scholars will be fully involved in the busy life of the Music Department, under the direction of the Director of Music, Lee Ward and will sing alongside the lay clerks and choristers in the cathedral choir. The department is a friendly and welcoming one and a number of social events are part of the experience.
The choir has an extensive repertoire ranging from music of the renaissance to contemporary works, both in English and Latin, and has made several acclaimed recordings, broadcasts and tours.
Concert work is an important part of the choir’s work and they frequently join with the choir of the Metropolitan Cathedral for concerts and services and also the choirs of Manchester and Chester Cathedrals each year for a joint choral evensong. The cathedral choir supports a termly concert in the cathedral as part of the extensive choral outreach within the city and also gives a termly concert in a Diocesan church. New works are commissioned on a regular basis and there is plenty of challenging music to sing. Annual tours are a feature of the choir’s work – in 2019 they are visiting Malta.
As well as a fine singing voice within the correct vocal ranges, very good sight reading is essential, as is the willingness to spend time preparing music for the services and concerts and in being a helpful hand in the music department generally.
The Choral Scholars are entitled to take holidays, by negotiation with the Director of Music, within choir holiday periods, which are ten days after both Christmas and Easter, six days at each of the three half terms and seven weeks in the summer.
Liverpool is a very active musical centre and there are plenty of opportunities for additional freelance work.
As well as a fine singing voice within the correct vocal ranges, very good sight reading is essential, as is the willingness to spend time preparing music for the services and concerts.
The Choral Scholars are expected to attend all choral rehearsals and services as per the following schedule.
Choral Scholar weekly schedule
Monday Rehearsal 4.30 - 6.00pm
Tuesday Choir rehearsal and evensong 4.30 - 6.15pm
Wednesday no regular duties
Thursday Choir rehearsal and evensong 4.30 - 6.15pm
Friday Choir rehearsal and evensong 4.30 - 6.15pm
Saturday Choir rehearsal and evensong 2.00 - 4.00pm
Sunday Choir rehearsal and eucharist 9.00 -11.45am
Choir rehearsal and evensong 2.00 -4.00pm
In addition, there will be a small number of occasions each term when the Choral Scholars will be asked to sing in concert performances with the cathedral choirs, attend choir tours, and to assist with the choral outreach programme, including the cathedral’s Junior and Youth choirs and adult community choir.
Cathedral Boys’ choir
Cathedral Girls’ choir
12 Lay Clerks and/or Choral Scholars
8 Choral Students (sixth form age)
Cathedral Junior Choir
Cathedral Youth Choir
Liverpool24 – an auditioned ensemble of 16 singers and 8 instrumentalists associated with the Cathedrals’ 2024 appeal.
Liverpool64 – an adult community choir from age 19-90