Alto Lay Clerk

Alto Lay Clerk

The College of St George wishes to appoint an Alto Lay Clerk to commence duties in January 2025. There may also be opportunities for the successful candidate to deputise during the Michaelmas term although this is not a requirement of appointment.

The Lay Clerks of the King’s Free Chapel of St George, in recent years twelve in number, are members of the College of priests and laity founded by Edward III in 1348 for continuous worship and intercession. They are therefore required to be not only good singers, but also in sympathy with the purpose of the foundation. They should preferably be communicant members of the Church of England or regular communicants of their own church.

The stipend of a Lay Clerk is currently £8,329.17 and is reviewed annually. In addition, a Lay Clerk is allotted unfurnished accommodation free of rent.

Candidates will be expected to have attained a certified high level in music and vocal studies and will have had a wide experience in practical Church Music making.

Candidates invited to attend the audition day will be asked to present two contrasting solo pieces, and be given aural tests, sight-reading and other musicianship skills. This first session will take place in the Song School (accompanied on the piano). A further short-listing may take place before the afternoon session and those candidates remaining will be asked to sing to an audience of the Dean and Canons and the Lay Clerks in the Chapel (accompanied by chamber organ). This afternoon session will also involve ensemble singing with a group of the Lay Clerks.

Candidates for appointment should complete a College of St George application form. Please include a covering letter. At least one of the referees will be able to attest to the applicant’s musical competence. No referee should be a relative.

APPLICATION FORM 2024

Lay Clerk Alto Job Description 2024

Applications should be addressed to: The Chapter Office, The Cloisters, Windsor Castle, Berkshire SL4 1NJ.  Or emailed to: [email protected]

Closing date for applications is Monday 27 May 2024 (midnight).  Interviews and auditions will take place on Tuesday 11 June.

The King's Free Chapel. The Chapel of the Most Honourable and Noble Order of the Garter. The Chapel of the College of St George.