The Lay Clerks of the Queen’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. Apart from the general duty, shared by all College members, of contributing to the life of the community, the work of Lay Clerks is liturgical.
The stipend of a Lay Clerk is currently £6842.52 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. A further short-listing may take place before the afternoon session where candidates will be asked to sing to an audience of the Dean and Canons and the Lay Clerks. This afternoon session will also involve singing with a small 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.
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Application form with covering letter should be sent to The Chapter Office, 2 The Cloisters, Windsor Castle, Windsor SL4 1NJ (Tel: 01753 848888) or by email to [email protected]
Closing date for applications is Monday 8 November 2021. Interviews will take place on Monday 15 November 2021 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.