Church Music / Choir

There is a strong musical tradition in our parish church of which we are proud.

WANTED: ORGANIST and CHOIR MASTER

Our previous Director of Music had served us for a number of years but moved to Cambridge in April 2021. We are therefore currently looking for someone to train and direct our choir and play the organ at our main services on Sundays and Holy Days.

We are seeking someone who is available as soon as choir rehearsals are legally permissible or by mutual agreement soon thereafter. For an informal conversation, please contact the Rector at rector.monkenhadley@googlemail.com or on 020 8449 9441.

  • An opportunity to develop the strong musical tradition of this ancient parish church

  • Enthusiastic (regular attendance, willingness to embrace new material), robed, RSCM affiliated SATB choir of both adults and children, practising Friday evenings

  • We use a broad range of hymns and songs from Ancient & Modern (2013)

  • Anglican Chant Psalms and choir anthems on most Sundays

  • Forster and Andrews organ (restored 1999) and piano, both in good working order

  • Remuneration follows invoice for services rendered, usually £85 a week, plus fees for weddings and funerals

  • Enhanced DBS Disclosure will be required

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter, together with the names of two referees, to Revd Dr Thomas Renz, The Rectory, Hadley Common, Monken Hadley, EN5 5QD

The Church Choir

In more "normal" times the church choir sings each week at the 10.30am service and some choristers join us regularly at the 6.30pm services. Practices take place every Friday night from 7.30pm to 8.45pm, also in church.

During the pandemic choristers have recorded hymns for our Zoom services each week (e.g., The Lord's My Shepherd) and produced the music for a Service of Nine Lessons and Carols which was played on a loop over several weeks inside church, and the Tallis setting of the Nunc Dimittis for the Evening service, having previously recorded the Magnificat for our Son et Lumiere show in 2019. (The photo below is from Christmas 2019.)

The Choir Reserve

On special occasions the choir is sometimes augmented by additional singers, who do not feel able to commit full-time to the choir, but nonetheless want to help out, particularly with the provision of a full choir for festivals, weddings, and other special occasions.

THE ORGAN

We have a pipe organ built by Forster and Andrews of Hull with two keyboards and twenty speaking stops, built around 1850 (though not for us - it was moved to our church in the early 1990s). It was restored in 1999.