Organist and Director of Music

Position Organist and Director of Music
Organisation St John, the Evangelist, Upper Norwood
Salary £7,000-£9,000
Location London, SE19
Closing date 12 February 2018

Following the retirement of Adrian Adams after nearly 50 years’ service as Master of Music and custodian of the three-manual T C Lewis pipe organ (1882, restored 1998), the Vicar and Churchwardens of St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood wish to appoint a successor.  St John’s offers worship to almighty God in the Modern Catholic tradition in the Church of England.  We are looking for someone who is:

  • an accomplished organist, with a good understanding of the liturgy, and experience in accompanying it;
  • an experienced choir director keen to enrich the choral tradition at St John’s;
  • committed to encouraging the musical life of the church, including congregational singing;
  • able to teach the organ and inspire new musicians for the church, from the local community and beyond;
  • an inspiring concert organist wishing to celebrate, maintain and record the Lewis organ;
  • willing to work in partnership with the London Mozart Players and the Central Band of the British Legion (both resident at St John’s), bringing world-class music and musicians to this area;
  • organised and able to work to a budget and deadlines;
  • sympathetic to the ethos and mission of this parish church in the catholic tradition, and, ideally, a communicant Christian.

For further information, please visit the parish website or, for a confidential, informal conversation, contact the Vicar, the Reverend John Pritchard, on 020 8771 6686 or 07771 976888, or email

Auditions and interviews will be held on Saturday 24th February 2018.

The successful candidate will be invited to take up the post after Easter 2018, subject to DBS clearance.

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